Inspiration

York Mansion House

A masterpiece of Georgian architecture, York Mansion House is a celebration of the city it inhabits. Built in 1732 as a home for the Lord Mayor of York, the Mansion House has been at the centre of York society and civic life ever since.

An indulgent space designed for entertaining, and even hosting royalty – should they come to call – this beautiful home is now an inspiring, interactive journey through York’s past and present.

Follow the sweeping staircase throughout the house, bypassing the intimate Drawing Room flooded with light, galleries housing a fascinating collection of civic silver still used today, and shadowy rooms filled with robes of Lord Mayors past and present.

Moving downstairs, discover the working, historically recreated Georgian kitchen, complete with winding passages of pantries and store-cupboards.

This Christmas, enjoy a magical visit brimming with festive wonder as York Mansion House is transformed into a spectacular Gingerbread House, at the heart of the beautiful Gingerbread Square.

Escape the packed shops and busy streets, and step into another world, immersing yourself in incredible displays and decorations that will inspire and delight. From the cosy Historic Kitchens, to the decadent, glittering State Room, experience a feast for the senses as delicious seasonal aromas envelope the whole Gingerbread House, in the ultimate celebration of festive frivolity and feasting.

As you experience this spectacular transformation, all ages are invited to make the home their own. With a Gingerbread Trail and dressing up for little ones, and delicious mulled wine and gingerbread for an indulgent spin on your visit, surround yourself with treats and let this enchanted wonderland wrap you in Christmas joy.

FACTFILE

  • Address: York Mansion House, St Helen's Square, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 9QL
  • Opening times: 10:30-17:00 (Gingerbread House runs until 22nd December)
  • Admission: Adults £6.50; students and over 65’s £5; children 5+ £3.50; under 5’s free
  • Website: mansionhouseyork.com