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.
Embroidery Detail of Jacket of Gentleman's Court Suit Jacket

The Georgian Edit: Luxury Fashion of the 18th Century

  • 23 August — 31 December 2019 *on now

Celebrating ten years of ground breaking fashion exhibitions at Fairfax House 'The Georgian Edit' will draw together works which showcase the exuberance, playfulness and often extremes in fashion worn by those gorgeous Georgians. Indeed, the eighteenth century was an era when daring and flamboyant designs brought theatre and fantasy into everyday life. From towering hairstyles, hooped petticoats, outlandish footwear and sumptuous fabrics, through to the extravagant and exaggerated silhouettes they formed, eighteenth-century fashion created a world which continues to inspire artists to this day.

The Georgian Edit will include exquisite examples of both male and female fashion from the period, charting some of the pivotal moments in the evolution of style, as well as highlighting the remarkable transformations which took place in the materials and methods employed. Crucially the exhibition will also examine the ways in which fashion was used as a vibrant form of self-expression, as an act of rebellion, for political purposes and, often, as works of art. Exhibited in our bespoke exhibition space and throughout Fairfax House’s sumptuous historic interiors, the exhibition promises to be a feast for the eyes, giving modern visitors the opportunity to see first-hand the remarkable skill and craftsmanship employed in the creation of these fashion masterpieces.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free as part of admission to Fairfax House.

Fairfax House Museum
Fairfax House
North Yorkshire

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