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Fairfax House

Castlegate, York YO1 9RN, England
44-1904-655543
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Ranked #16 of 133 Attractions in York
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites, Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Kent
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

This house spent some time being used as a cinema and dance hall in the Eighties. It has been returned to its original state and is a beautiful house. The staff are very knowledgable and obviously love the the house. Check opening times before visiting.

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York, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Described as one of the finest Georgian town houses in England, Fairfax House has been carefully restored to its original splendour; was it really St. George's cinema and dance hall in the 1920s ? Complemented by the superb Noel Terry collection of furniture, paintings and clocks, the house has a genuine "lived in" feel. The volunteer guides were friendly and... More

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East Wemyss, Scotland
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

This was my second and my wife's first visit to this beautiful house. This rescued fine Georgian house is a treasure trove of fine furniture and portraits and other antiquities of the period, gifted by the chocolate Terry family. The guides in every room are dedicated volunteers and very friendly and informative. We recommended this place to a couple of... More

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Bridlington, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
22 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

A beautiful house, restored to its former Georgian beauty. The rooms are gorgeous and there are guides in most areas who can tell you a lot about the history and the work done. The house is easy to find, close to Cliffords Tower. There are lockers available so you can leave you bags and coats safely, which was appreciated and... More

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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Visited here on a day awaiting to return home via transport. Stumbled across whilst walking through York, and thought I'd drop in. Did not disappoint! Beautiful house, giving a real insight to the Georgian and Regency history from the guides who told fascinating information about each room. Really nice gift shop too. Like most places, photography isn't permitted but it's... More

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Antigonish, Canada
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57 reviews 57 reviews
18 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Took the guided tour of this very elegant house. Very knowledgeable guide. No photography inside. There is a considerable amount of standing involved and it would be nice if there were some chairs available for sitting on, at least now and again. Very nice gift shop/bookstore. Well worth a visit.

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Romsey, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

What a beautiful house and filled with so many wonderful things. The room guides are very informative with lots of stories to tell. We stumbled on it by chance and so glad we did.

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Colwyn Bay, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

We had a York pass so were sure to make the most of our visit and Fairfax House was one of the places that perhaps we wouldn't have visited without the pass. What a lovely Georgian house with lots of period furniture on display. The guides were magnificent too

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Eastbourne UK
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91 reviews 91 reviews
66 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

The guides are very informative about this lovely house which has undergone several "makeovers" but is now furnished as it was in Georgian times.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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27 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We visited the House using our York Pass card, which gives you free entry. York Pass has options of 1/2/3 days. This was one of the places we would have gladly paid the fee of £6. All the staff were very knowledgeable about all aspects of the house. You could easily spend hours just looking at all the paintings and... More

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