Discover York's Tucked Away Treasures
Discover York's wonderful treasures tucked away in historic cobbled streets of the city. Marvel at the interior of Fairfax House, the finest Georgian townhouse or explore Merchant Adventurers' Hall, the most well preserved guild hall in Europe.
Go back in time in Barley Hall and experience the life in a medieval household or visit the Treasurer's House, one of the most haunted buildings in the world.
You can see the earliest known signed and dated patchwork at Europe's premier Museum dedicated to quilting and patchwork, the Quilt Museum and Gallery.
Delve deeper into York's ancient past and discover fascinating world-class attractions around every corner of the historic centre...
Make Yourself at Home...
Barley Hall is a stunning medieval house, once home to the Priors of Nostell and the Mayor of York. Until the 1980s the house was hidden under the relatively modern facade of a derelict office block and was only discovered when the building was going to be destroyed.
Barley Hall has now been lovingly restored to its original splendour and decorated to replicate what it would have looked like as the Snawsell home around 1483 and boasts a magnificent Great Hall.
Make yourself at home and sit on the chairs and handle the objects and experience what it would have been like to live in Medieval England.
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The finest Georgian townhouse in England...
The winter home of Lord Fairfax, Fairfax House is one of the finest Georgian town house in England. Designed by 18th Century architect John Carr, it is an architectural masterpiece.
The 20th century history of Fairfax House is extensive - being used as a cinema and dance hall saved the house from decay and it can now be enjoyed once again as an example of city-living in Georgian York, the centre of polite society.
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One of York’s great historic treasures and one of its best kept secrets...
York’s civic history is waiting to be uncovered in the Mansion House. The house contains a fascinating collection of Civic regalia and artefacts. From the simplicity of the hall way to the grandeur of the Stateroom, from seeking the secret drawers hidden in a bureau to discovering the chamber pot.
This fascinating building is just waiting to be discovered, conveniently located in the heart of the city in beautiful St Helen’s Square.
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A 656-year-old meeting place...
The Merchant Adventurers’ Hall is one of York’s medieval marvels. The Hall is home to many remarkable collections. Including silver, furniture and paintings, which provide a glimpse into the rich history of the Hall and the people associated with it.
The Hall also remains the everyday base for the Company of Merchant Adventurers of the City of York. They invite you to discover the secrets of this unique guild hall and its 650 years of history.
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Britain's first museum dedicated to quiltmaking and textile arts...
Visit the Quilt Museum and Gallery and be inspired by the fabulous fabrics, colours, designs and stories of the quilts in the changing exhibitions on display from The Quilters Guild of the British Isles Collection.
The museum promotes the crafts of patchwork, appliqué and quilting through our exhibitions of historic and contemporary textiles.
Based at St Anthony’s Hall on Peasholme Green, the museum is set in a beautiful sensory garden, perfect to enjoy a sunny day in York.
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One of the most haunted buildings in York...
Named after the Treasurer of York Minster and built over a Roman road, the Treasurer's House is not all that it seems. It is renowned for being one of the most haunted buildings in the world.
Discover the cellar - the place of the Roman legion sightings – or visit the Edwardian servants’ quarters in the attics. Finally, something for the antiques lovers, explore our extensive collection of antiques in different historic setting throughout 13 rooms created by Frank Green.
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Taking place at the end of October, the Illuminating York Festival will use cutting-edge technology to create a colourful celebration of York’s unique heritage, from spectacular sites to tucked away treasures.
Some of the tucked away treasures in particular will once again open their historic doors for unique and one off experiences, including atmospheric Barley Hall, where you can enjoy Viking themed animation and warm yourselves with a tipple from their Autumn tavern. The elegant Fairfax House will open its doors after dark for candlelit performances by Lord Fairfax and members of his household. The magnificent Merchant Adventurers’ Hall will be lit with hundreds of candles as groups are led around the historic building to learn about its 657 year history in the City. Scare yourself with Ghostly Shadows at the Treasurer’s House where duelling swordsmen on the staircase and Roman soldiers in the cellar are commonplace! There will also be a rare chance to visit the Mansion House by night, see the Lord Mayor’s table illuminated by candlelight and view some pieces from the civic collection.
One thing can be certain electric lighting in these hidden treasures is strictly forbidden!
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