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Fairfax House, York

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4.1/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web
Fairfax House was created in 1762 to be a townhouse for the powerful Fairfax family during York’s winter social season. It was also intended to be a dowry for the Fairfaxes' daughter, Anne, although she remained unmarried. Though extensively adapted in the 20th century as a movie theater and dance hall, Fairfax House has been returned to its former glory for you to explore. As you roam through the house, be transported to the splendor of city living in Georgian York with one of the finest collections of English 18th-century furniture in the world. Discover the tastes and fashions of the day for architecture, interior design, and food, and the customs and habits of York’s elite. If you have young ones to entertain, children’s trail guides are available from reception. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Fairfax House and many more York attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's York travel itinerary maker.
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  • The House is beautifully decorated and absolutely worth seeing. There are several volunteers who provide information in detail about the history of the family and of the House in the House. Very informative and personal.
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  • There are three major reasons to visit Fairfax House: you love Georgian architecture, you love eighteenth-century English furniture, you want to see York from the "inside" by seeing an elegant home in...  read more »
  • So very well presented, this gem of yesteryear. I cannot believe the keepers of the Treasures of York allowed this beautiful house to have Deteriorated in the past to the indignity of a "Picture House...  read more »
  • The staff on duty on the day of my visit were wonderfully welcoming and enthusiastic about the house, it's history and collection of furniture. I would like to say thank you to them for creating such a lovely atmosphere in which to explore the rooms.
  • Worst customer service encountered. A real shame our vista was ruined by the unhelpful and fraudulent manager. The house itself is beautiful and the volunteer guides lovely and knowledgeable. What a shame then that the manageress started locking up the rooms 20 mins before closing time and would not reopen the main bedroom we hadn't seen despite the guides and ourselves requesting this. All we wanted to do was poke our heads round the door! We were told to come back the next day but explained we were setting off on a 6 hour drive the next morning. She really couldn't have cared less. Despite advertising a ticket which said they were open to 1600 we saw all the staff standing outside the steps at 1550 having locked up! Absolutely disgraceful and the worst tour experience I've had. If you don't want to stay open until 1600 please don't advertise this.
  • This hidden gem in York city centre is well worth the entrance fee - tickets valid for a year. As an Austen fan, I want to learn more in general about Georgian society. Although this house slightly pre-dates the Austen novels, it was still a very interesting and enjoyable couple of hours looking at the period furniture, clocks, portraits and interiors (albeit restored and reconstructed). The volunteers in each of the rooms were knowledgeable, chatty and friendly with answers to all sorts of obscure questions. I would normally rather go to a monument or ruin than a standing building but was pleasantly surprised that I found this to be such an amazing place. Highly recommended and I will certainly go again for another couple of hours on a wet Sunday afternoon.
  • A really nice period house, beautifully restored (get volunteers to show you the pictures of how it was when they took it over - it's amazing how much they have done and how carefully it has been restored). There are staff in every room ready and eager to tell you the story of the room and the furniture and answer any crazy questions you might have. Not large but still well worth visiting (particularly if you have a York Pass).
  • Well worth a visit. Really fascinating place full of stories. Incredible amount of stuff in here is original which allows you to see many parts of the house exactly as they were 300 years ago. Great guides. One of York's brightest gems.
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