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Address: Fairfax House Castlegate, York YO1 9RN, England
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+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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took about an hour a very interesting house well worth a visit .Not far from the Minster and in town so easy to find I don't think it is suitable for wheel chairs.The volunteers... read more

Reviewed April 1, 2016
lynne l
United Kingdom
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United Kingdom
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169 reviews
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Reviewed April 1, 2016

took about an hour a very interesting house well worth a visit .Not far from the Minster and in town so easy to find I don't think it is suitable for wheel chairs.The volunteers are great for information

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Cirencester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 29, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful, original Georgian period house with a huge collection of Georgian furniture. Original ceilings have managed to survive despite being a cinema and dance hall from the 1920's. Won't take long to visit but we loved it - worth the £6 entry fee. If history and architecture are not your thing, then avoid.

Thank Marumoo186286
Santa Monica, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed March 23, 2016

This house of Lord Fairfax has been lovingly restored in great detail, after it had been used as a cinema and a nightclub. Very helpful staff explain the history and show you around. It's very near to the Castle Museum so you can stop by when in the area.

Thank Helen A
Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
Reviewed March 23, 2016

Each room has a volunteer ready and willing to tell you lots about the room: thus there is no need for an audio-guide. Photography is also not allowed in the house. In the entrance hall, there are lockers to deposit bulky items like rucksacks so you do not knock precious objects over. I see the house as mainly an exhibition... More 

Thank Michael T
Norwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed March 21, 2016

We had a guide to take us around Fairfax House, who made its history very interesting for us. The house has been beautifully restored - the ceilings and staircase were magnificent. The best part of the visit, however, was the Shoe exhibition - we were given a very interesting talk, but i would have liked much longer to admire and... More 

Thank Veronica B
Matlock, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 21, 2016

This is right next door to Clifford's Tower and the Castle Museum and well worth a visit. It's not the biggest house but a lovely example of Georgian design. A lot of restoration work has been done to put the house back to its original state - one of the guides told us she used to visit in the 60's... More 

Thank Amanda N
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed March 20, 2016

A must visit for any if you Georgian buffs , very centrally located in York and houses a fine collection of Georgian furniture donated by the Terry family . I particularly like the wall coverings in the bedrooms and the dining room service . You can hire the venue for private dinner parties .. Would so live to do that... More 

Thank Jj1066
Stoke-on-trent, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 14, 2016 via mobile

I visited Fairfax House on 13.03.16 with my mum. The house has been beautifully restored and the staff were very knowledgeable. The only negative was that photography was not allowed, hence the 4 stars. Definitely worth a visit. Entry is free if a York pass is used.

Thank wyseowl83
Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed March 13, 2016

This house is set in the mid to late georgian era with most of trimmings that come with a medium sized town house from that era. Undoubtedly a popular tourist attraction , but not run by the national trust as is normal with these houses . Guides are enthusiastic and know lots about the house , but perhaps not an... More 

Thank Peter e
High Wycombe
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Reviewed March 9, 2016

We enjoyed our visit here, staff are very informative about the history of the house and furniture, well worth a visit.

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