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.

Venue Type:


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.
Pair of mid-18th century shoes in pink damask

A Century of Shoes: The Rise & Fall of the Georgian Heel

  • 10 March — 26 June 2016 *on now

Celebrating the visual splendour and dramatic forms of the ultimate fashion statement and luxurious accessory, 'A Century of Shoes' explores the Georgians’ love affair with ‘heels’. With over a 100 shoes on display from 100 years of fashion, the exhibition charts evolutions in shoe-design and the rise and fall of the heel through the course of the opulent Georgian era.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Entry to exhibition is included in admission to Fairfax House.

£6.00 Adults
£5.00 Concession
Children under 16 Free

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.
Mrs. Pyatt, Housekeeper to the Fairfaxes, lights a candelabra

Fairfax House After Dark

  • 14 — 15 May 2016 7:30-8:45pm

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 Museum Shop.



Fairfax House Museum
Fairfax House
North Yorkshire

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01904 655 543


01904 652 262

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