Fairfax House is a Georgian townhouse located at No. 27, Castlegate, York, England, near Clifford's Tower and York Castle Museum. It was probably built in the early 1740s for a local merchant and in 1759 it was purchased by Charles Gregory Fairfax, 9th Viscount Fairfax of Emley, who arranged for the interior to be remodelled by John Carr (architect). After the Viscount's death in 1772, the house was sold and subsequently passed through a number of local families before spending some time as a Gentleman's Club, a Building Society and a cinema. The property was bought by York Civic Trust in the 1980s and completely restored to its former grandeur. Fairfax House is now a museum open to the public and a Grade I listed building.
In 1761, Viscount Fairfax employed the Yorkshire architect John Carr to remodel the house at 27 Castlegate. The work was completed in 1765. The interior has some of Yorkshire's finest mid-C18 plasterwork by James Henderson (fl. c. 1755–1778) and Giuseppe (Joseph) Cortese (fl. c. 1745–1778) and carved woodwork. The wrought iron balustrades on the staircases were by Maurice Tobin (fl. 1762) Wrought iron gates and railings fronting Castlegate were removed when the street was widened, but were recorded by York architect and artist Ridsdale Tait.
jeff johnson | Oct 26, 2017
Very happy with our visit here. I especially am interested in Georgian furniture and the collection here is quite fantastic. Although no pictures are allowed, the book containing photos that I found in the gift shop was perfect. Definitely worth a visit!
Lisa Pagliuca | Feb 20, 2018
We went on the guided tour, which we enjoyed immensely. The tour guide made a special fuss of my 10 and 7 year old children, with snippets of info that captured their imagination. We will return!!
Library Book | Sep 29, 2017
The staff and volunteers were so nice, answered my questions, and talked about each room when asked. They made me feel like I was a valued visitor and there was no rush. So far, my best historic experience in the UK (and I've had a lot of good experiences).
Apoorva Iyengar | Oct 14, 2017
Very informative staff. Amazing conservation efforts.
Dermot Tuohey | Nov 12, 2017
A lovely place to visit and friendly guides in each room
Jane Beattie | May 10, 2018
This is the most interesting house I've visited. The story of the family, the story of the futniture, the story of the building and the visual impact of the room settings all add to a very enjoyable visit. The room guides are very knowledgeable and friendly. It's just £6 so good value. No cafe here but as its adjacent to all York has to offer, its not a problem.
Michael Fisher | May 16, 2018
Fantastic Georgian Town House and respectfully and painstakingly renovated to it's former glory. The guides are very friendly and knowledgeable. One of the best I've seen outside of Bath.
Marek K | Jun 3, 2018
Photography is not permitted. Instead of it visit Treasurer's House - it's also very beautiful, and you can shoot pictures as much as you want.
Dyane Klemencic | Jun 12, 2018
The staff really transform a visit into an experience. They are what make this house special.
Helen Davidson | Jun 9, 2018
Very interesting. Guide staff very knowledgeable
Diego P. Ramallo | Jun 23, 2018
Wonderful Georgian townhouse. The furniture is not original to the house but it's the same period. Some chippendale among it, bequested by a local gentleman who made a fortune as a chocolate manufacturer. The volunteers explain the family history of the Fairfax (Catholics in a then predominantly protestant country). Beautiful interiors with colours faithful to the style, reproducions of the original wallpaper and silk in some rooms. No pictures allowed for the sake of preservation. If you love Georgian interiors it's unmissable.
Julie H | Jul 16, 2018
A fascinating piece of history in the centre of York. We visited when it was decorated for Christmas, which made it even more interesting
CMW | Jul 3, 2018
Excellent historical house full of interesting artefact. Pleasant and knowledgeable staff.
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