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.
DID YOU KNOW?
Card playing during the first half of the 18th Century, stimulated by the speculative mania prevalent at the time, took on such proportions that Queen Anne found it necessary to place a heavy tax on cards and dice in an effort to discourage the game.
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