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Fairfax House, York

#7 of 27 in Museums in York
Specialty Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
Fairfax House was created in 1762 to be a townhouse for the powerful Fairfax family during York’s winter social season. It was also intended to be a dowry for the Fairfaxes' daughter, Anne, although she remained unmarried. Though extensively adapted in the 20th century as a movie theater and dance hall, Fairfax House has been returned to its former glory for you to explore. As you roam through the house, be transported to the splendor of city living in Georgian York with one of the finest collections of English 18th-century furniture in the world. Discover the tastes and fashions of the day for architecture, interior design, and food, and the customs and habits of York’s elite. If you have young ones to entertain, children’s trail guides are available from reception. Add Fairfax House to your York travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our York online road trip planner.
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  • Amazing and interesting house. The room guides are really knowledgable and enthusiastic. Lifting lockdown with the georgians exhibit is an excellent idea and really insightful. House is right next to....  more »
  • Brought thd Georgian era to life. Really well informed guides made thd family seem real to us. Thank you  more »
  • Pleasant out of the way museum about three minutes walk away from Clifford's Tower. Well presented and airy inside, uses a building which I believe used to be a cinema. Accessible parking is available on request.
  • Stunning house. Interesting and knowledgeable staff. Glad to see the house returned to most of its former glory. We joined historic houses so got in free.

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