Fairfax House Museum

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Come and unlock the splendour within the finest Georgian town house in England. A classical architectural masterpiece of its age, Fairfax House was originally the winter home of Viscount Fairfax. Its richly decorated interior was designed by York's most distinguished eighteenth-century architect, John Carr.

Extensively adapted in the twentieth century as a cinema and dance hall, Fairfax House was saved from decay and returned to its former glory by York Civic Trust in 1982-84.

Today, Fairfax House once more transports you to the splendour of city-living in Georgian York, the centre of polite society.

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Opening hours

Mon-Thurs Sat 1100-1700
Sun 1330-1700
Closed Fri

Admission charges


Concessions include senior citizens and students.

Great family savings
Entry is FREE for Children under sixteen, so a visit to Fairfax House offers great savings for a family visit.

Collection details

Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Consuming Passions

Consuming Passions: Shopping for Luxury in Georgian Britain

  • 28 May — 31 December 2015 *on now

Consuming Passions, Fairfax House’s latest ground-breaking exhibition, shines the spotlight on shopping for luxury in the Georgian age, and the precious, expensive, and quintessentially luxurious commodities that caught the eye of wealthy ‘polite society’. Exploring the exotic array and wealth of luxury goods newly available to a society obsessed with consumption, Consuming Passions showcases some of the most sumptuous and luxurious objects bought and sold in the Georgian age.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Included in the entry ticket to Fairfax House.



Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Retail Realms Symposium

Retail Realms: Shops, Shoppers and Shopping in Georgian Britain

  • 22 — 23 October 2015

The long eighteenth century was a transformative age for shops and shopping in Britain. Far-reaching changes took place in the way people shopped, the things they bought, the shops themselves and the ways in which they were run. For an increasing portion of Georgian ‘polite society’, shopping, from being primarily a matter of obtaining the necessities of life, became a pleasurable leisure activity in its own right, associated with sociability, sensory experience and the expression of identity.

Retail Realms: Shops, shoppers and shopping in eighteenth-century Britain (the third annual Fairfax House Symposium in Georgian Studies) will examine how the Georgian Retail Realm was a vital element in the physical reshaping of eighteenth-century British life. Linked to the museum’s exhibition Consuming Passions, the two-day conference will be focused around the core themes of consumerism, consumption and shopping in the long eighteenth century.

Suitable for

  • 18+
Mrs. Pyatt, Housekeeper to the Fairfaxes, lights a candelabra

Fairfax House After Dark

  • 29 — 31 October 2015

As part of Museums at Night Fairfax House is opening its doors after dark for a highly unusual and illuminating candlelit performance by the mansion’s ‘original Georgian inhabitants’. Electric lighting will be strictly taboo! You will be taken through the House by Lord Fairfax and members of his household staff by candlelight and given an unvarnished insight into 18th-century life.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adults £14.00
Children £7.00
Includes refreshments

To book, please call us on 01904 655543 or visit the Gift Shop.



Fairfax House Museum
Fairfax House
North Yorkshire

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01904 655 543


01904 652 262

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