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Fairfax House

Fairfax House

Castlegate, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 9RN

The Basics

Take a 60-minute tour of Fairfax House—available on a first-come basis—or explore independently. Staff are on hand to offer information about the house, which is decorated with Georgian-era furniture and features rare Georgian clocks, silverware, and art that ranges from still-life paintings to portraits. Some history-focused sightseeing tours of York pass by Fairfax House, while holders of select York sightseeing passes enjoy free entry.

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York City Pass: Access 20 Attractions for One Great Price
York City Pass: Access 20 Attractions for One Great Price
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$65.09 per adult
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Great value, full of history. Great food. Had a fantastic time. Staff and people in general very friendly. It's a beautiful place to go. Defo would go again
Georgina, Sep 2021

Things to Know Before You Go

  • As one of England’s best-preserved Georgian townhouses, Fairfax House is a must-visit place for architecture and history buffs.

  • Tickets are valid for an entire year, so you can visit again for no extra cost.

  • Families can make use of child-friendly trail guides and coloring-in sheets.

  • There are lockers on site, and strollers can be stored at reception.

  • Fairfax House is not wheelchair-accessible.

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How to Get There

Fairfax House is situated on Castlegate in the historic center of York, less than 5 minutes’ walk from Clifford’s Tower and Jorvik Viking Centre. Several bus services stop at nearby Clifford Street.

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When to Get There

Fairfax House is particularly atmospheric in the run-up to Christmas, when it hosts an annual festive-themed display. It typically closes during January for cleaning and conservation works. Tours typically take place on Mondays from late morning to early afternoon.

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What to See Nearby

Fairfax House is in the heart of historic York; several of the city’s top historic attractions are within a 5-minute radius of the townhouse. The 13th-century Clifford’s Tower—all that remains of York Castle—and Jorvik Viking Center are only steps away. Nearby, you’ll also find York St. Mary’s, a medieval church that’s been transformed into a contemporary art space, and the York Dungeon, which features costumed actors and scary sets.

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