Family Visits

Fairfax House welcomes children and families to the museum. Children under 16 get free entry with a paying adult.

The Fur-Fax House Trail

New for 2023: A brand new animal-themed trail around Fairfax House, ideal for young children!

Are you ready to go on a wild animal adventure at Fur-fax House?

There are so many secret animals hidden throughout Fairfax House – you only have to look…

There are eight special objects ready for you to find. You’ll need the eyes of a hawk and the quick wits of a fox to spot them all.

Once you’ve tracked down all eight objects, there’s a colouring-in sheet for you to do at home!

The Trail is complimentary for children attending with a paying adult.

Dress Up as a Georgian

For the 2023 summer holidays: Get your Georgian frocks on in our dressing up space!

Located in the exhibition space, at the end of your visit, there’s a chance for kids – and their adults! – to dress up in 18th-century attire, including Dick Turpin-esque Tricorne hats, curly Georgian wigs, and fashionable overskirts.

There’s even prop Georgian photo frames for you to strike a post and snap a quick pic!

Georgian games

For the 2023 summer holidays: Have some family fun with some Georgian-inspired games!

Located in our beautiful courtyard, you can take your pick from Quoits to Dominoes. Have a quick game after an afternoon exploring Fairfax House!

Please note this activity is weather-permitting. Our courtyard is only open in good weather.


We have no public toilets on site and are unable to offer baby changing facilities. The nearest public toilets are on Castle Walk which is a 1 minute walk away (directly behind the house and next to Fenwicks).

Click here to see What’s On, We have a changing programme of exhibitions, events and activities throughout the year.

Please click here for more detailed information about getting to the museum and navigating around the house.

If you are visiting with a child who has additional needs, you can let us know by emailing or calling 01904 655543 and we will do our best to accommodate them.


Pushchairs cannot be taken into the house, but can be stored safely in our reception area.

For all the family…

Bursting with history, Fairfax House is a great way to learn about Georgian York and those gorgeous Georgians, and a perfect visit for families looking for a new learning experience.

Why not also look out for our special family events and storytelling during the school holidays. There is always something new to enjoy to keep all the family entertained.

The museum shop stocks a fantastic range of toys and Gregory accessories, from pocket money treats to great gift ideas.