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Address: Fairfax House Castlegate, York YO1 9RN, England
Phone Number: 44-1904-655543

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 warm welcome and all the staff were very friendly ...interesting house with a lot of Noel Terry's furniture displayed! I loved the high beds and all the rooms were... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
South Shields, United Kingdom
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South Shields, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely warm welcome and all the staff were very friendly ...interesting house with a lot of Noel Terry's furniture displayed! I loved the high beds and all the rooms were beautifully decorated with mahogany furnishings.

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Fairfax House is the finest heritage site that I have ever visited! As a heritage student and working within the sector I have visited a great many of heritage site across the U.K. and abroad and Fairfax House is outstanding. The building itself sits hidden, anonymous within the vernacular of York's architecture, however, upon entering the house you are greeted... More 

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Bromley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Fairfax house is a stunning Georgian house in the heart of York, in between the Shambles and the Castle Museum. It has a very interesting family history and beautiful rooms. It's well worth chatting to the volunteers in each room who really add to the experience with their knowledge. The only negative is only two floors are open so it... More 

Thank JennyWaterman
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We happened on this by chance and delighted by the experience. Full marks to the Civic Trust for rescuing and restoring such a fine example of 18th century York. Our thanks and congratulations to so many volunteer guides with a wealth of information and the ability to welcome visitors and impart their knowledge in such a friendly way. We must... More 

Thank Anthony Joyce P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The house has a fascinating history shared by the kindest, friendliest staff that I've ever seen. It's a georgian building, with lavish decorations and valuable paintings.

Thank Manuela G
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There are three major reasons to visit Fairfax House: you love Georgian architecture, you love eighteenth-century English furniture, you want to see York from the "inside" by seeing an elegant home in addition to all those churches, pubs, and shops. The house is beautifully presented with six principal rooms, a hallway, stairway, kitchen, and exhibition space. It has one of... More 

Thank theproseclerk
York, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

So very well presented, this gem of yesteryear. I cannot believe the keepers of the Treasures of York allowed this beautiful house to have Deteriorated in the past to the indignity of a "Picture House" . Reclaimed and restored and beautifully tended to be a first class tourist attraction and a joy for local residents to enjoy. Themed scenarios reflecting... More 

Thank lilian p
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful house restored sympathetically. Exquisite collection of furniture and very helpful tour guides with loads of interesting information. Highly recommended

Thank Suze2711
Hawes, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Acquired and restored by the York Civic trust and furnished with the wonderful Noel Rowntree collection of period furniture, this lovely property evokes a time gone by. Knowledgeable volunteers are on hand to point out highlights and tell of the Fairfax afmily.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You wouldn't imagine that this old house internally designed by John Carr would be restored in the middle of the city Well preserved and lovingly described by the guides

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