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Fairfax House, York

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#7 of 27 in Museums in York
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. Add Fairfax House to your York travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our York online road trip planner .
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  • We visited here twice during our holiday. On the first occasion, we were watching the time because of wanting to catch a particular sailing of the York Boat. Having been given free entry for a year, w...  more »
  • We visit historic houses a lot but this really stood out. The house itself is interesting and the story of the family, however what really makes it special is the room guides. They were able to tell u...  more »
  • Fairfax house is a fine example of a Georgian townhouse beautifully restored. There are lovely pieces of decoration, I particularly enjoyed the plasterwork in the area of the fine staircase. The colle...  more »

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