Fairfax House, York

Fairfax House, York

Designed in fine Georgian style, the Fairfax House was built in 1762 as a dowry for Anne Fairfax, daughter of Viscount Fairfax. The house’s interior is the masterpiece of John Carr, the most eminent architect in York at the time. In 1982 the house was restored by the York Civic Trust and it became, as mentioned in the best-selling book England’s Thousand Best Houses, “the most perfect eighteenth-century townhouse to come across anywhere in England.” Discover its decorative flourishes and artistic treasures, including the Great Staircase, the Venetian Window, and its decorative wrought iron.

Why You Should Visit:
To really get a feel for what it was like to live as an aristocrat in a Georgian home. Better than visiting a castle or a palace, as you can get very close to all of the displays – no velvet ropes here!
Friendly volunteers are stationed throughout the house offering an excellent level of historical detail and their own color commentary, complete with pithy British humor.

Tip:
If available on a Monday, make sure you catch one of the tours as it will make your visit more personal, with less external chatter from other guests.
Remember to look up at the ceilings. They also have a gift shop which is well stocked with unusual gifts and interesting in its own right.

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sat: 10am-5pm; Sun: 11am-4pm
On regular Mondays, entrance is by guided tour at 11am & 2pm. No bookings required. Please just arrive 10 mins early. Tours last approx 1 hour.
On Bank Holiday Mondays, the House is open as normal (10am-5pm) and there are no guided tours.

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Sight Name: Fairfax House
Sight Location: York, England (See walking tours in York)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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