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Fairfax House

Type:Historic House / Palace

Castlegate, York, YO1 9RN

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Unlock the splendour within the finest Georgian townhouse in England. A classical architectural masterpiece of the 18th Century featuring exceptional stuccowork, Fairfax House was the winter home of Viscount Fairfax. Its richly decorated interior was designed by York's most distinguished architect, John Carr. Today, Fairfax House reveals the elegance of city living in Georgian York. The superb collection of 18th Century furniture, clocks, paintings and decorative arts perfectly complements the house, bringing it to life and creating a special lived-in feeling. With an exciting programme of events and exhibitions, there is always a reason to come and savour Fairfax House.

Guide Prices

2017 Pricing

£7.50 Adults
£6.00 Concessions - seniors over 60 and students
£3.00 Children under 16 and over 6
Family pass: £17.50 (2 adults and up to 3 children)


Road Directions

Fairfax House is quickly and easily reached on foot and is within minutes of all of York's major attractions. It is located opposite Clifford's Tower and The Hilton, and is close to Jorvik Viking Centre, the Coppergate Centre and York Castle Museum.

By Road:
If coming by car take the A64 to York. Exit at the A19 junction for York & Selby. Follow the road into York. At the War Memorial turn right on to Tower Street. The Castle Car Park is directly behind Clifford's Tower.

By Public Transport:
The train services to York are extremely reliable.

On Foot:
Fairfax House is quickly and easily reached on foot and is within minutes of all of York's major attractions. It it located opposite Clifford's Tower and The Hilton, and is close to Jorvik Viking Centre, the Coppergate Centre and York Castle Museum. Look out for the green finger signposts to help direct you.

Park & Ride:
York is served by a Park & Ride Bus Service with stops at many convenient locations around York and close to Fairfax House. Visit to find your nearest stop.

Centrally located in York, Fairfax House is within easy walking distance of any of the city’s attractions. We are easily accessible for visitors staying in York, Leeds, Harrogate or indeed any Yorkshire town. Coach drop-off can be made to the front of Fairfax House. Clifford’s Tower car-park is directly adjacent and offers an excellent parking option. Alternatively York’s Park & Ride bus service will drop visitors in the centre of York within a 5 minute walk of Fairfax House.

Accessible by Public Transport: York station is 1 mile away.


Establishment Features

  • Accept coach parties
  • Cater for groups
  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality
  • Gift shop

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (charge)

Payment Methods

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Printed Material in Foreign Languages

  • French printed material
  • German printed material
  • Spanish printed material

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted


Opening Times

* Monday: Entrance by guided tour at 11:00 and 14:00. No bookings are required. Please just arrive 10 minutes before the start of the scheduled tour. Tours last approximately 1 hour.
Bank Holiday Mondays: The House is open as normal 10:00 to 17:00 and there are no guided tours.
Tuesday: 10:00-17:00
Wednesday: 10:00-17:00
Thursday: 10:00-17:00
Friday: 10:00-17:00
Saturday: 10:00-17:00
Sunday: 11:00-16:00

Last admission is half an hour before the stated closing times.

Closed 24-26


  • Other Awards Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme 2017

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