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The Guildhall

More than simply a stunning building, The Guildhall is a physical representation of the University of York’s vision for growth in community partnerships. 

It's a place where enterprise development begins, great minds co-locate and businesses unite organically. A place to facilitate knowledge exchange, inspire conversation, foster collaboration and combine skills.

Our community has a shared purpose for public good. With a reputation for creativity, entrepreneurialism, innovation and influence, it is our intention that the University is central to the success of the City and region. The Guildhall is a step in that direction.

The Guildhall is operated by York Science Park, who are a highly experienced team who have been facilitating and supporting business start-up and growth for 30 years. York Science Park enables businesses to connect with world leading knowledge and expertise at the University of York. 


It is an exciting time for the University of York to be involved with the next era of the prestigious and historical building that is the Guildhall, right in the heart of the city of York. The renovated Guildhall will offer fantastic opportunities for collaborative working to support business start ups, drive innovation and growth, and strengthen links between the University of York and partners in York and beyond. I look forward to seeing how the facilities at the Guildhall will be used by students and new businesses to support and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs, including opportunities to promote social enterprise and charitable work for the benefit of the local community. All this chimes directly with our commitment, as a University for Public Good, to work with like-minded partners to bring positive impact for our society.

Professor Charlie Jeffery, Vice-Chancellor and President, University of York.

Be part of Guildhall’s new history


Collaborative and flexible workspace for you and your team

Hold conferences and events for up to 270 guests

Enjoy riverside dining in a historic grade I listed building

Take advantage of a convenient York city centre location

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The Guildhall Cafe


Local suppliers

Riverside views

Freshly made food

Award winning coffee

Set within a grade 1 listed building on the edge of the River Ouse, The Guildhall Café offers a range of delicious menu items to enjoy in our historic riverside dining space. 

Our menu includes dishes that are made onsite every morning; including traditional and healthier breakfast choices, a varying brunch and lunch menu, hot meals and freshly made artisan sandwiches.

You can also pick up our loyalty card at the cafe. For every £5 you spend you collect a stamp, once you've received 10 stamps you get £5 off your next purchase!

Due to staff sickness we are currently unable to offer our full menu. 

Join our fantastic reusable and returnable cup scheme, YORCUP.

YORCUP is a University of York cup scheme, which has saved 1 million single-use plastic coffee cups from landfill, and over 10,000 staff and students have joined the scheme!

Buy a YORCUP from Guildhall Cafe for £5 and get your first drink free. Once you have finished your hot drink, simply return the cup to the cafe but keep hold of your sleeve. The cafe will wash and store the cup, until you are purchasing your next hot drink when you simply show your sleeve and you'll receive your drink in a clean YORCUP! 

Don't forget! 10% discount is available at The Guildhall Café for:

  • University of York staff and students - claim by showing their UoY ID at the till 
  • York Science Park Companies - claim by showing their work ID at the till
  • Visit York Members - claim but showing their membership card at the till

Opening hours


Monday to Thursday

8.30am to 3.30pm


8.30am to 3pm


Monday 1st May

Thursday 4th May

Monday 8th May

Monday 29th May

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Please note that we are a cashless site and only card payments will be accepted at the cafe