Rooftops and servant quarters at Treasurer's House

View from up high looking towards walls over gardens and rooftops

Climb up to the highest points of Treasurer’s House with a spectacular view over towards York walls and imagine how servant life might have been.

With its varied floors and stairs, there are so many parts of Treasurer’s House to explore. Alongside tours to the basement and cellar for a spot of ghost hunting, you can head up to the attics.

How the servants lived

It’s a tour for your imagination where your guide will show you the relatively plush dwellings that male and female servants had…there is plumbing and heating. Look at the remaining hints of what the space was used for and who it might have belonged to with remnants of a past history like servant bells. 

What to expect

The attic spaces are as they were left and there’s a real feeling of abandonment. Understanding the hierarchy that different level of service staff had helps to unpick what the different parts mean – right down to where your hook for your coat and hat is placed.

Frank and his staff in the garden from around the 1890s
Black and white image of various staff members in front of the house

Grab a hard hat

The tour has low head heights, steps and some stepping over door frames. Taller visitors may have to bend and stoop in places – hence the hard hat if you forget to duck. As you clamber along, it’s worth considering the west side of the house didn’t have access from the attics the servants could use. So if called from the first floor on the west side, the ‘commute’ involved scrambling over the roof, down the east side stairs, across the ground floor and up the west side house stairs. Phew, and then no doubt back again.

Up on the roof

There’s a pause outside with a superb view over the nearby buildings, rooftops, gardens and onto York walls. The fainthearted might not like to get too close to the edge as you make your way between the male and female sides of the attics. However it’s worth the effort, especially if you’re a fan of architecture, with this tour offering the best views and appreciation of the brickwork and gable ends. There are also unrivalled views of York Minster – imagine living up in the rooftops with little free time to appreciate the views. 

You might not want to get too close to the edge
Narrow passageway leading to a small door

Tours generally run Thursday – Tuesday (March – October) and often both tours to the attic and cellar are available.

Tickets to the house are not needed to join a tour. Tours cost £4 per adult and £3.50 per child and are suitable for 5 yrs +.

Places are limited and fill up on a first come basis so come along early, grab your ticket and enjoy the period rooms in the house or treats in the below stairs café ahead of your tour time.

On occasion we may need to limit tours to accessing only one of the hidden spaces and on very rare occasions, tours might not be running. If you plan to visit especially for a tour, we’d hate to disappoint so drop us a line to confirm which tours are running on the day you intend to visit, 01904 624247.