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Fairfax House

Fairfax House


Fairfax House offers a range of special group tours with professional guides that bring this superb Georgian townhouse to life, plus a variety of catering options that include morning and afternoon tea packages, and refreshments.

The Clock Tour
Every Friday morning at 11am we will be conducting a clock tour of Fairfax House, this will be led by Garry Fearn, Senior House Steward.

The Georgian Townhouse Tour
Taking in highlights of the exceptional collection and exploring the rich stories of this fascinating townhouse, our daytime house tour offers a fascinating introduction to the finest Georgian townhouse in England. Enjoy a tour with your own guide when you book a visit for 10 or more people.

£5.00 per person
Lasts approximately 1 hr 15 mins. Minimum 10 people
Tour includes your own guide.

Evening Secrets Tour
Experience the special atmosphere of Fairfax House when the museum has closed its doors to the public. This exclusive evening group tour will let you discover stories of the townhouse, the Fairfax family, and 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. Our expert guides will also reveal some of the collection’s most intricate and secret drawers.

£12.00 per person.
Lasts approximately 1.5 hours. Minimum 10 people.
Tour includes your own expert guide and a glass of wine or soft drink.

Connoisseurs’ Tour
For groups with a particular interest or specialism within the world of fine arts and antiques, let us organise a bespoke Connoisseurs Tour for you. Offering exclusive evening access, this ultimate private tour will be tailored to meet your group’s interests and requirements, whether horology or decorative arts, paintings or perhaps 18th-century dining. By special arrangement a curator’s tour may be arranged with the Director of the house.

£25.00 per person.
Lasts approximately 1.5 hours. Minimum 15 people.
Tour includes a reception in the library with glass of sparkling wine and a copy of the House Guidebook per person.

Morning Coffee or Afternoon Tea Package
In partnership with the Hilton York (directly opposite Fairfax House), we can offer your group the option of having a morning or afternoon refreshment package in the luxury of the hotel to precede or follow your tour.

Options start from £3.00 per person for tea, coffee and biscuits.

Experience a Georgian Christmas at Fairfax House with the annual ‘Keeping of Christmas’ display during November and December. Festive refreshments are also available to help your group fully savour the spirit of Christmas at Fairfax House.

Mince pies and mulled wine: £3.00 per person

Please contact us for further information and to discuss your tailor-made visit and catering packages. We are help to help organise canapés or private dining for your group. Email us at or call us on 01904 655 543.



See location of Fairfax House on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SE 604516  Lat: 53.95696 Long: -1.08100

Fairfax House is quickly and easily reached on foot and is within minutes of all of York's major attractions. It is located opposite Clifford's Tower and The Hilton, and is close to Jorvik Viking Centre, the Coppergate Centre and York Castle Museum.

By Road:
If coming by car take the A64 to York. Exit at the A19 junction for York & Selby. Follow the road into York. At the War Memorial turn right on to Tower Street. The Castle Car Park is directly behind Clifford's Tower.

By Public Transport:
The train services to York are extremely reliable.

On Foot:
Fairfax House is quickly and easily reached on foot and is within minutes of all of York's major attractions. It it located opposite Clifford's Tower and The Hilton, and is close to Jorvik Viking Centre, the Coppergate Centre and York Castle Museum. Look out for the green finger signposts to help direct you.

Park & Ride:
York is served by a Park & Ride Bus Service with stops at many convenient locations around York and close to Fairfax House. Visit to find your nearest stop.

Centrally located in York, Fairfax House is within easy walking distance of any of the city’s attractions. We are easily accessible for visitors staying in York, Leeds, Harrogate or indeed any Yorkshire town. Coach drop-off can be made to the front of Fairfax House. Clifford’s Tower car-park is directly adjacent and offers an excellent parking option. Alternatively York’s Park & Ride bus service will drop visitors in the centre of York within a 5 minute walk of Fairfax House.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from York station


Hannah Phillip

01904 655543




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