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Fairfax House

#13 of 129 Attractions in York
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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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Lovely house

very interesting visit. The house is lovely inside and nice and central to get to. There are a few nice things to buy in the shop and our guide was very good

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 25, 2015
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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

very interesting visit. The house is lovely inside and nice and central to get to. There are a few nice things to buy in the shop and our guide was very good

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Maidenhead
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

A gem of aGeorgean house. Full of wonderful furnoyure and 14 grandfather clocks (All chiming at the same time and keeping good time!) Very good guides in all rooms.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Very elegant house, with a touching story behind it. The guides in each room were helpful, the Pre-Christmas Mulled Wine and Mince Pies pleasant.

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
30 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

A rare and fine example of a restored Georgian townhouse in the centre of York. This building was saved from demolition and was restored through the efforts of such notable people as Noel Terry (famous for Terry's Chocolate which was once made in York). The building consists of the entrance lobby (used as a shop containing a good selection of... More 

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Macclesfield, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Beautiful Georgian town house is well worth a visit , the collection of furniture is fantastic . Really interesting and the NT guides were very knowledgeable and approachable .

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

A real gem of a town house, much more intimate than the giant NT places. Very helpful volunteer guides who spoke with real passion about the house. Pleasant mulled wine and mince pies in the kitchen.

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Baildon, United Kingdom
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

if you visiting York this place is well worthy a visit 'admission is very reasonable its the staff are just very friendly its not the biggest museum but certainly the best run i there are explainers who tell the story of each room are really bring it a live .the Fairfax's are a very interesting family with many branches some... More 

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Peak District National Park, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

We arrived not knowing what to expect. We were asked by the first guide if we wanted any information on the house. We said 'Yes Please' and were entertained and informed about the ceilings, family, fortunes, entertainment, etc etc. Very interesting from all the guides who were without exception excellent.

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East Riding of Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

This beautiful building was a real joy. Set out ready for Christmas, there was a really helpful guide in every room, who could not only give the factual history of the building & the family, but also added interesting little nuggets of info that we would never have gleaned without the guides being there. So wonderful to see how this... More 

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Livingston, United Kingdom
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317 helpful votes 317 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

This is a beautiful Georgian town house full of excellent period furnishings and stunning stucco ceilings. There are very knowledgeable (volunteer?) attendants in every room who are able to provide information on the carpets, wallcoverings (some of which are are stretched fabric not wallpaper), and furniture. Out visit started shortly before 11 am and we were told to listen out... More 

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