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.
The Genius of Grinling Gibbons

The Genius of Grinling Gibbons: From Journeyman to King's Carver

  • 14 April — 14 September 2018

Fairfax House is delighted to announce the recent acquisition of Grinling Gibbons’ ‘King David Panel’ the earliest-known, surviving work by Gibbons – made in York. Saved from international export and potential obscurity in a private collection, this magnificent work now forms part of the permanent collection at Fairfax House.

To celebrate the ‘home-coming’ of this exquisite piece of craftsmanship and to illuminate the extraordinary skill of Grinling Gibbons’ – the Michelangelo of Wood – Fairfax House will be mounting a major new exhibition in 2018, From Journeyman to King’s Carver: The Genius of Grinling Gibbons. Opening on the 370th anniversary of Grinling Gibbons’ birth, this exhibition also marks the 350th year of his arrival in York.

Drawing on new research and bringing together artworks and sculpture by the hand of this iconic individual from across the country (including St Paul’s Cathedral, Hampton Court Palace, the Sir John Soane’s Museum, V&A to name just a few), From Journeyman to King’s Carver celebrates Grinling Gibbons’ unequalled talent, his visionary genius, and his ability to transform the medium of wood into something magical. It will explore his development from an obscure journeyman through to becoming the country’s most celebrated master-carver, working for the King himself.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Included as part of admission to Fairfax House

Admission to Fairfax House:
Adult £7.50, Concession £6.00, Child (5-15) £3.00



Fairfax House Museum
Fairfax House
North Yorkshire

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