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Fairfax House, York

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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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  • Just around the corner from the overhyped Jorvik centre is this little beauty. My particular interest comes from having lived in Fairfax, Virginia. The restoration of this is stunning. The staff are v...  more »
  • We brought my history-loving mum here and she was seriously impressed. There are knowledgeable volunteers in each section of the house, and they explain and describe various aspects of the house, the ...  more »
  • This house has been re-decorated as was originally based on the papers left from the owner when it purchased it. It has the appearance of a Georgian house but apart from the furniture and the stucco c...  more »
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  • A beautiful house, with very friendly and informative staff. From the ornate Italian stucco ceilings to the hidden window shutters and chinoiserie wall coverings in Anne Fairfax's bedroom, not to mention the many treasures to be found in the kitchen, expertly explained by Michael, a self-confessed addict of the Georgian era and would-be re-enactor of WWII, I was able to fully indulge in my love of all things historical. A wonderful way to wile away a rainy afternoon (or any other) in York.
  • Once of my most enjoyable experiences in York. The house is incredibly beautiful, rich with history, and the keepers are friendly and happy to explain the story of Fairfax and the surrounding area.
  • I don't think it's fair to pay 7.50 pounds to see a house which has part of the furniture incliding paintings completely covered. Actually they said that it was not possible to visit two rooms because of a renovation but none mentioned about what I have seen or not seen to be precise!!! 3 pounds it would have been a better price.
  • A very interesting house and pay once and return again.
  • Beautiful building to visit. The volunteers seem to know absolutely everything about the house. Although i do sometimes prefer to view by myself...

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