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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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Good house to visit with a lot fancy decor.

The guides are very knowledgeable in the history of the family, the house and the items in the rooms. The quality of the furniture and paintings are quite remarkable. Great... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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Forrestfield, Australia
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Forrestfield, Australia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

The guides are very knowledgeable in the history of the family, the house and the items in the rooms. The quality of the furniture and paintings are quite remarkable. Great workmanship throughout and this also goes for the ornate ceilings and elaborate cornices. Really fantastic job with a lot of attention to detail that is simply filled with history. However,... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This is well worth a stop if you love Georgian architecture and furniture. The volunteers in each room are a wealth of knowledge on the history of the era, the house and the furniture. Beautifully presented. Good value if you do it as part of the York Pass.

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York, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We have been here a couple of times at christmas to see the special displays they have then but also visited last week as we get in free with Historic House Association cards. It is quite an interesting place, a great collection of clocks and other furniture, the room guides know their stuff and can add interesting stories to what... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Housing some of the most interesting Georgian furniture which was donated by Noel Terry of Terry's chocolate. The house has had a somewhat turbulent past with neglect and disrepair as well as being owned by a dance company and a cinema who redecorated or knocked down walls of the house. The volunteers are extremely knowledgeable with the objects and the... More 

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

An intimate peep inside Georgian York. Well informed and friendly volunteer staff made it come to life.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Amazing restoration of a Georgian house that was derelict and used as a cinema and dance hall in the middle of the 20th century. Wonderfiul authentic furnishings. Thw guides are dedicated volunteers who clearly love to give you the history of the house.

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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Many historic homes seem the same. Faifax House is enchanting and well kaid out. The pictures are amazing. It is the volunteers that make it specisl with theur obvious interest in Fairfax House. Rhe volunteer in Anne's bedroom took time to talk with me while anotger vokunteer on the first floor took time ti tell otger visitirs about the house.

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Deal, Kent, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Now I could very happily life in a house like this. Wonderful style - loved the furniture! Pop in after Jorvik!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Very interesting house. You can go round in a guided tour or just wander on your own. There is a guide in each room who tells you the history. They are very knowledgable.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

This house has such a history, owned by the 9th Viscount Fairfax who purchased it in 1758 as a town base for his daughter, Anne (the only surviving off spring of nine) and himself. On his death, Anne sold the property and returned to Gilling Castle. The house was no longer used as a private residence, instead became a gentlemens... More 

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