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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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Fairfax House Castlegate, York YO1 9RN, England
+44 1904 655543
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Reviewed January 2, 2019

Went here on a day out last year and loved it. This is a glorious old building that has some lovely old rooms that are as far as i am aware kept in the manner they were build in during the Georgian period. The furniture,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 31, 2018

We have previously visited Fairfax House when it has been traditionally dressed for Christmas, but on this occasion, we were particularly impressed with the knowledge and helpfulness of the room guides, who clearly love the house and love sharing their knowledge with the visitors.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Julie A
Reviewed December 31, 2018 via mobile

After living in York for years we have overlooked here thinking, it looks small so won't even try. How wrong could we be, the staff on entering were so welcoming and informative and explained in detail about a special hunt for my 10 year old.the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 29, 2018

This house was a very nice surprise and is definitely for those who want a small window into the past. For those who have been to the large summer rural estates such as Chatsworth House this is the other half of the year a nice...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank JThrym
Reviewed December 21, 2018

When I visited in November, the staff were happy and enthusiastic explaining the fascinating history of Fairfax. They clearly had a passion. I would highly recommend visiting fairfax.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed December 15, 2018

Beautifully restored building, furnished with the collection of Georgian furniture from Noel Terry (of the chocolate family). This place has the best guides I have seen in a long time. There was a guide in almost every room, who would explain the room to you,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 13, 2018 via mobile

The town house charges a fee with a guide book. Amazing furniture part of the Terry collection. Some of the items you are allowed to sit on . There was a sitting chair which was so comfortable. York had been influenced from Viking and Romans...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 3, 2018

This is a really lovely historic house. It has been lovingly restored and you could see how it would have looked in its glory days. Beautiful furniture and and the architecture is great. It is for lovers of buildings but other visitors would also appreciate...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Dimitris L
Reviewed December 2, 2018

This beautifully restored Georgian townhouse is a must-do for history lovers visiting York. Not only is the house beautiful and so well maintained, but the guides inside are the most knowledgable I have encountered in the UK in any museum. They can answer all the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Amber E
Reviewed November 28, 2018 via mobile

We visited this lovely house today. The room hosts were pleasant and knowledgeable. The property was saved for the city by the Civic Trust. Although the house is lovely, especially decked out for Christmas, I am not sure that there is enough to see to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Hi, We will be in London March 13-20 and decided to do a day trip to York on Wednesday March 16th. I know that a day trip is not ideal because York is worth a few days but it was all we could fit in. We arrive by train at 9:54am and leave at 7:11pm. I know the things that we must see and some that we would like to see if time permits and am hoping you can give me an itinerary of which things to do in which order (which attractions are near each other etc.) We have purchased York passes...More
March 07, 2016|
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Shambles is interesting as it's still the same narrow street it was hundreds of years ago and has been used in films such as robin hood (recent version). It will certainly be a full day to cover all of those you list as 'must's' tbh.