Things to see and do at Treasurer's House

Two women looking up at an ornate cream ceiling

Treasurer’s House reveals wealthy industrialist and intrepid traveller Frank Green’s love of furniture and interior design. Climb the stairs to discover this house of contradiction and the very special collection it contains.

The house of treasures

Frank Green filled Treasurer's House with an extensive array of antique furniture, ceramics, art and textiles. Wander through the house and uncover the stories of royal visits, the collection and more about the man behind them. What will be your favourite? Find out what some of the team picked here.

" Once inside, you get such an incredible mixture of rooms decorated in all different styles, done in such eccentricity, that you will be amazed at every turn."
- Review by a TripAdvisor traveller

Try the oddities trail

Pick up a self-led sheet of discovery to help you see parts of the collection you might otherwise miss. It shows different items or quirks in the building. Some, there seems to be an explanation, others still leave questions - maybe you could help to explain why. The team are always happy to share their knowledge and talk more about the stories of the collection, or read the new information as part of the trail.

Ahead of your visit, watch curator Andrew talk through some of these surprising features so when you do stop by, you'll know a little more about what lies beneath, above, and all around.

Take in every detail as you climb the William and Mary staircase
Man standing on a staircase underneath a large chandelier
Take in every detail as you climb the William and Mary staircase

The award winning city garden

Winner of the Gold Award from the Yorkshire in Bloom team for the five years since 2014, the garden is a tranquil haven in the heart of the city. Visit the garden for free on open days...it's a delightful spot to escape the hustle and bustle if you're shopping, seeing the sights or on your lunch break. Explore the garden more here.

Family visits

Children will be amazed by the collection at Treasurer's House, there is lots to seek out in the many rooms and in the delightful garden. During the upcoming Easter holidays, we'll have something extra special to look for. Follow the Easter Bunny's trail to find flowers, animals and mythical creatures that live in the house and claim a prize. We'll have games on the lawn and creativity in the basement.

The Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt will run from Saturday 13 - Monday 22 April, 11am - 4pm. Normal admission charges apply plus £2 per trail.

Soak up the smells of spring
Soak up the smells of spring
Soak up the smells of spring

Tours to hidden parts of the house

Head into the cellars with your guide to discover the archaeology below our feet and see where Harry Martindale saw the Roman ghosts literally walking through the wall. On others days head into the attics and get a chance to see superb views over York from the roof.

Tours are suitable for 5 years and over. A full visit with admission charge to the rest of the house is not necessary to enjoy the cellar or attic tour. Tours cost £4 per adult and £3.50 per child.

Please check the individual tour pages on the links above or call ahead to check on the day if you are planning a visit especially for a tour 01904 624247.

Step below stairs to the café

The recently extended cafe is in the servants' spaces of the house and is free to enter. Step below stairs to enjoy a seasonal selection of freshly cooked lunch dishes, cakes and infamous scones including the Christmas pudding scone on the lead up to Christmas. You don't need to purchase a ticket to the house, so it's the perfect place to escape the hustle of the city or meet friends and family. See more about the cafe here.