Fairfax House

Address: Castlegate, York, YO1 9RN, England
Telephone: +44 1904 655 543

- Mid-range


One of the most richly decorated 18th century townhouses in England.

A Regency masterpiece both upstairs and downstairs. The city home of Viscount Fairfax was built and furnished as a potential dowry for his daughter Anne and was for a while the place to be seen amongst Georgian York’s high society. Since the Viscount’s death, the house managed to survive the ravages of becoming a gentlemen’s club, military offices then cinema and dance hall until the 1980’s when York Civic Trust took over and restored it to its full elegant glory. Furniture was acquired from the local Terry family (of confectionary fame) while detailed accounts kept by Fairfax’s staff now help the kindly and genteel ladies hovering in each room share detailed knowledge of the house and its inhabitants with visitors. There are also audio guides and the house also plays host to a number of events and special exhibitions throughout the year.

A staunch Catholic, Anne Fairfax never did find a suitable man to marry.


Value for money

Price advice

Adults £6.00, concessions £5.00, children under 16 free.
Keep your ticket once entry has been paid and you can return as many times as you like during the following 12 months.
Yorkshire Pass accepted (See the Sights and attractions section on my [node:174616] page for more details).

Expert tips

An attraction hardly like to keep offspring amused for too long, but to help keep younger ones from getting bored, the house provides dedicated trail guides.

Allow at least an hour to explore.

Don’t miss the exquisite stucco ceilings.

Disabled access is limited.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Singles
  • Sightseeing
  • Art
  • History
  • Design and architecture