Discover York's Hidden Gems
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.
New for 2015: Power & Glory; York in the Time of Henry VIII. Discover the impact this famous Tudor monarch had on the city in a new exhibition at Barley Hall. Includes costumes from Showtime’s ‘The Tudors’ and the classic BBC drama ‘Six Wives of Henry VIII’
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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On the edge of the racecourse, just a stone’s throw away from the centre of York, sits Goddards, the home of the Terry family (think chocolate orange.)
Noel Goddard Terry was the owner of the famous chocolate-making company Terry’s of York. His family house was designed by architect Walter Brierly in the Arts and Crafts style, with four acres of gardens designed by George Dillistone. Relax in Terry family home, recreated with a warm atmosphere where you can sit down and pour yourself a sherry in the Drawing Room, or take a leisurely stroll around the garden rooms.
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.
See Kaffe Fassett’s colourful quilts inspired by our collection, until 5th September, and from 11th September until 31st October, enjoy Quilt Art’s 30th Anniversary exhibition of contemporary European textile art.
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.
The Quilt Museum and Gallery is one of the first recipients of a Visit England Hidden Gem Accolade. This accolade has been awarded due to the high standard of quality at this small attraction.
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Two Kings, Two Gates, One City
Discover the story of medieval York during the reigns of Richard III and Henry VII
Explore two of York’s major monuments: Monk Bar and Micklegate Bar, located on the historic city walls and find out the role they played in the strife and ceremony that was shaped by the Wars of the Roses.
Experience the rebellion and conflict during the sixty years that spanned this turbulent period in English history.
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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