York Mansion House
York Mansion House is the official residence of the Lord Mayor of York, positioned at the heart of city society and civic life for almost 300 years.
A masterpiece of 18th century architecture and a celebration of the city it inhabits, York Mansion House and its infamous residents have a colourful history, filled with scandal, decadence and outlandish feasting. Following extensive restoration, in 2018 the house opened to the public for the first time, allowing all to experience this extravagant mayoral life, and take an interactive walk through York’s Georgian past.
From July 22nd 2020, we’re delighted to be reopening with a series of brand new, bookable guided tours. With visitor safety our priority, we have put a number of steps in place to ensure you feel welcome, safe and comfortable during your visit with us. Head to our website to find out how we’ve been getting ready for this new chapter.
On all our tours, you will visit all four floors of this remarkable building. Following the sweeping staircase throughout the house, you will bypass the intimate Drawing Room flooded with light, galleries housing a the largest collection of civic silver outside London, 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.
While our usual iPad guides, interactives and adventures for little ones are out of action, a number of special tours are being created to fill that gap, and showcase behind-the-scenes of York Mansion House. Follow us on social or sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know what’s coming next.
We can’t wait to welcome you back to York Mansion House: the heart of city society for 300 years.
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