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Address: Castlegate, York YO1 9RN, England
Phone Number: 44-1904-655543
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Description: Step back in time when you visit this 18th-century town house, one of the...
Step back in time when you visit this 18th-century town house, one of the finest examples of rococo decoration in England with its famous Terry collection of furniture and clocks.
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The 'room hosts' in this Georgian house are very knowledgeable and anxious to share their enthusiasm and love of this house. it has been expertly renovated, furniture is a gift... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

The 'room hosts' in this Georgian house are very knowledgeable and anxious to share their enthusiasm and love of this house. it has been expertly renovated, furniture is a gift from the Terry family, in the tradition of York and chocolate and philanthropy. You geta feel for how both the owners lived-only in winter, in simmer they lived in their... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed the tour on the Monday then returned on the Wednesday to have another look around at this very well restored Georgian House. Amazing to think that it had been a dance hall in between! Lots of interesting furniture and facts about life at that time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

In the heart of York and between a large car park and the shopping centre this is a building worth visiting. It takes its name from the family that built the house. It is well maintained and full room displays show the house as it would have been used in its heyday.

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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Fairfax house was built by a father of 9 who had the misfortune to see all but one of his children die before him. The house was used for various purposes before being restored by York Civic Trust and used as a period backdrop for the 18th century furniture collection of Noel Terry; he of Terry's of York chocolate fame.... More 

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Dingwall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Unsure what to expect, but with the help of really knowledgable volunteers on hand we had a wonderful few hours learning about the property and the family that once owned and lived there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Fairfax House is a great example of a Georgian townhouse with period furniture, lovingly restored from its 1930s existence as a dance hall. The house feels welcoming and homely despite its grandeur and decoration, enhanced by the enormously friendly and informative volunteer room guides. Particularly recommended for fans of old clocks of which there are many!

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St. Andrews, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

This lovely house takes you back to 18th century York. The house isn't filled with the original furniture but rather with the furniture of the Terry family (the chocolate manufacturers). The rooms on view are very fine and provide a wonderful setting for the furniture. The sad thing is that part of the house was demolished to create a cinema... More 

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Truro, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Great place to visit and the room guides are so friendly and knowledgable over this Easter they have a Ouse hunt for children which even as an adult I found fun.

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Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

This house is beautifully restored to its former glory. The attention to detail is great. Really enjoyed the tour guide and the history and stories given as well. The exhibit beyond the main rooms of fashion (it changes) through times was very interesting. Even though you aren't allowed to take photographs as it's privately owned, the guidebook is inexpensive and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Receptionist very helpful concerning my wife`s limited mobility, could not do enough to help. All guides very friendly, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable. If you have ever visited an old property and wandered from room to room just guessing at what things were used for, then you will love the guides here. They will amaze you with their knowledge. An incredible house,... More 

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