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. The superb Noel Terry collection of furniture, clocks, paintings and decorative arts, described by Christie’s as one of the finest private collections of the twentieth century, perfectly complements the house, bringing it to life and creating a special lived-in feeling.

With an exciting programme of special events and changing exhibitions, there is always a reason to visit Fairfax House.


Viscount Fairfax seems to have been fastidious in his appearance. We have a bill for 225 wigs dressed in a three month period. This may have included wigs worn by some servants. It would appear he wore several clean wigs a week.



Join Us ... House Steward Post

We have a vacancy for a permanent, full time House Steward, if you would like to know more about this position please see our 'Jobs' section under 'Get Involved'.

Volunteer at Fairfax House

Do you enjoy learning? Are you interested in York’s history, architecture and decorative arts? Would you like to be part of a team sharing knowledge with others? Then why not attend the Volunteer Training Course and become a Room Host at Fairfax House! Click on the 'Get Involved' tab for more information.

A Right Bobby Dazzler!

Did you see Fairfax House on Bargain Hunt on the 11th of May? Hannah Phillip, our Director, gave Tim Wonnacott a tour of the house and revealed a few of our best kept secrets! If you missed it, don't panic - the episode will be available to view on the BBC iPlayer website for the rest of the month.