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Fairfax House

Castlegate, YORK, YO1 9RN

In 1759, Charles, Viscount Fairfax of Emley, purchased a house and land at Castlegate, overlooking the River Ouse, for his daughter, Anne, the sole survivor of his nine children. The gift was made to compensate Anne for her disappointment in marriage: at the eleventh hour, when the bridal parties were already assembling in London, he stopped her marriage to William Constable of Burton Constable, on the grounds that the groom was not assiduous enough in his attendance at weekday Mass (Fairfax himself was a devout Catholic). He poured a fortune into designing a fine new town house where the family could entertain at the hub of York society - Fairfax House. The architect of his day, John Carr, was involved in the elegant interiors. The house changed hands many times, and by 1919 it was being used as a dance hall and cinema. The dilapidated building was purchased by the York Civic Trust in 1981 and restored to its full Georgian glory, the perfect home for the Noel Terry collection of 18th-century furnishings and fine art.

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£6 (ch under 16 free, concessions £5)

Opening times

Open 7 Feb-Dec, Mon guided tours only 11 & 2, Tue-Sat & BHs 10-5, Sun 11-4. Closed 24-26 Dec
Average visit 1hr





Partly accessible. Access restricted to ground floor & only possible with assistance. Phone in advance

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