Marvel at the stunning gold and silver collections, explore the dramatic interiors, play with unique interactive displays and uncover civic secrets hidden within its walls. From the grandeur of the state room to experiencing life below stairs in the restored Georgian kitchen, York Mansion House is a pleasure to discover.
The York Mansion House is the earliest purpose-built house for a Lord Mayor still in existence and predates the Mansion House in London by at least twenty years. The home was built as a place for the Lord Mayor to entertain visitors to the city and to house York's wonderful civic collections.
Standing in the heart of our vibrant city, the Mansion House has been home to theRight Honourable the Lord Mayor of York since 1732 and is still in use today.MANSION HOUSE STORIES
After nearly 300 years the Mansion House has seen many grand and extravagant occasions with visits by royalty and all manner of important persons, but it has also been home to some very poignant and heart-warming occasions.
• The heyday for extravagance was in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when the Lord Mayors certainly ate and drank for the good of the city.
• In 1869 guests sat down to devour 53 separate dishes, with exotic names like Dindon, a sauce aux Huitres, Kromeskys a la Russe and Jambons du York. The guest had to endure 21 toasts and no doubt left the building full to the brim and in a jolly mood!
• During the troubled times of World War One, the Lord Mayor at the time held entertainment for the wounded soldiers in York. This proved to be a huge success and spurred on by applause and positive press coverage it was decided that the Mansion House would only be used to entertain the soldiers while the war lasted.
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Saturday: 10:30 – 17:00
Sunday: 10:30 – 17:00
(Bank holiday Mondays: Open as normal)
Wednesday: 10:30 – 17:00
Thursday: 10:30 – 17:00
Friday: 10:30 – 17:00
St Helen's Square, York, YO1 9QL