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Fairfax House

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Address: Castlegate, York YO1 9RN, England
Phone Number: 44-1904-655543
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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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Well worth a visit.

It's not very big but has been beautifully preserved and put back to an original Georgian residence. The guides are extremely knowledgeable.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It's not very big but has been beautifully preserved and put back to an original Georgian residence. The guides are extremely knowledgeable.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Pros: beautiful Georgian townhouse with an intimate atmosphere, wonderful restoration work, informative and passionate guide who led the guided tour, interesting (if sad) to hear about the life of Viscount Fairfax. Cons: not exactly a "must-see" as it is quite small and not of great historical significance (more of a quiet family home than a grand palace).

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Fairfax House last year and again recently - the ticket covers you for as many visits as you want for a year. It is a fascinating house which is well looked after and full of interest. There are guides in most of the rooms who are well informed and keen to tell you everything about the house, Would... More 

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Thank EnglishroseEngland
Oxford, UK
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved this museum. We stumbled across it walking around York. It is welcoming and the staff are Informative and full of information about the Fairfax family. A great find.

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Benderloch, null, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellently well preserved house very knowledgeable guides who informed you of the history of the house, and not very big. superb decor.

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Thank eeyore320
Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is lauded as the finest Georgian Town House in the UK. Behind it is a sad, yet moving story of Lord Fairfax and his daughter Ann. The other fascinating back story is the saving and restoration of the house in the 1980s bringing it back from a cinema and dance hall, and the period furniture (90%) that was provided... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Fairfax House is home to one the finest private collections of 17th and 18th century furniture and clocks outside of London.

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Thank Wayne D
Inverness, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A fascinating Georgian Town House, well worth a visit, the guides were extremely knowledgeable and friendly.

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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Decided to have a look round Fairfax House after seeing a leaflet in our guest house and reading about it, and it was well worth the visit. In each of the rooms there were knowledgeable ladies to explain the story behind the incredible work that had been done to restore the beautiful ceilings staircase and the fire place in the... More 

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed visiting here - it has been beautifully restored. The staff are very sweet and informative - particularly the young girl on the ground floor and the two older ladies upstairs, though the older guy in the red room was a bit annoying ('interlocking tables weren't invented by Ikea'. Oh duh). The history of the house is very interesting... More 

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