Fairfax House

Historic Site/Structure, Attraction, Retail


Come and unlock the splendour within one of England’s finest Georgian Townhouses, and let Fairfax House transport you to the glory days of city-living in eighteenth century York. Originally the winter home of Viscount Fairfax and his daughter Anne, Fairfax House’s richly decorated interiors and magnificent stucco ceilings makes it a masterpiece of Georgian design and architecture.

Set in the heart of York, Fairfax House reveals the domestic interiors in which these Georgians would have walked, the tastes and fashions of the day for architecture, interior decoration, food and furnishings, as well as the customs and habits of York’s wealthy gentry and aristocracy.

A beautiful collection of furniture brings the house alive and creates a special feeling of warmth. It evokes a life once lived in comfort and grandeur, vividly recalling a lost world of townhouse-living in the 1760s.

Amazing Exhibitions

Fairfax House boasts an impressive record for curating lavish exhibitions in its gallery that explore the eighteenth century in new ways. From shoes to shopping, diamonds to Jacobites, Fairfax House exhibitions delve deep into the fascinating world of Georgian society.

Groups Visits

A historic ‘hidden gem’ in the heart of York’s city, Fairfax House can offer something of interest for all your party, large or small. Whether you are a Group Organiser or a member of the Travel Trade, we aim to help you put together a tour that is memorable for all the right reasons.

Our range of group tours bring this superb townhouse to life, exploring its fascinating history and eighteenth-century collections which include some of the best examples of English cabinet-making and Chippendale furniture. Whether you want a daytime guided tour or private evening visit, our team of experienced guides will help you savour what makes Fairfax House the finest Georgian townhouse in England.

In partnership with the Hilton York, we are also offer the option of a morning or afternoon tea packages. If your group is looking for something extra special and a little different, you might like to consider an exclusive evening tour, wine reception, or even Private Dining in the magnificent setting of our grand Saloon.

For all the family…

Bursting with history, Fairfax House is a great way to learn about Georgian York and those gorgeous Georgians, and a perfect visit for parents or grandparents looking to mix learning with family fun. Come and meet one of Fairfax House’s smallest but most important members … Gregory, the Townhouse Mouse. Together he and his mice friends lead you on a Trail (for younger children) and a Quest (for older children) to discover secrets of the townhouse. 

Hospitality and Private Dining

With its lavish interiors and period features, Fairfax House offers a stunning venue to hire for your next social or corporate function, whether a birthday or wedding celebration, business gathering, anniversary dinner, breakfast meeting, pre-event drinks reception or an exclusive product launch.


Type Price
Concession £5.00
Child £0.00
Adult £6.00

Opening Hours

Sun 11:00 16:00
Mon 11:00 14:00
Tue 10:00 17:00
Wed 10:00 17:00
Thu 10:00 17:00
Fri 10:00 17:00
Sat 10:00 17:00


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