Plan your visit to Treasurer's House
From a 45-minute guided tour to wandering through in your own time, there is always something to uncover in the 2000 year history of Treasurer’s House, however long your stay. With stories of ghostly Roman sightings and a fastidious Edwardian owner, come and explore using the guide below to help you get the most out of your visit.
The house of treasures
Mr Green, the curiously eccentric owner of Treasurer’s House, created his version of what an historic house should be. He mixed different architectural styles and time periods alongside a remarkable collection of antiquities and art to create the house you see today.
Frank Green hated museums, but agreed that “unless a house is occupied, or visited by large numbers of people, it will eventually disappear.” Between 11.00am and 4.30pm daily (last entry 4pm) explore Mr Green's gift to the National Trust; the first house to be given complete with its collection.
" 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."
Two hours or less
Start in our perfectly formed multi ‘Yorkshire in Bloom’ award winning walled garden, which is free to enter between 11am and 4.30pm.
Head into the house and round to the West Sitting Room, the first of the many changes made to the house by Frank Green. Look out for the model of the York Boer War Memorial in Duncombe Place; given to Mr Green with thanks for his donation.
Follow in the footsteps of guests gone by as you travel through the Great Hall; a journey notable thespians of the time would have taken. Imagine gold plates and crystal glasses adorning long tables down the middle of a grand medieval hall.
Climb up the William and Mary staircase under the watchful eyes of the portraits and try and find the optical illusion.
Spend time in the bedrooms designed by Frank Green to commemorate the royal visit of 1900; when the future King Edward VII, Queen Alexandra and Princess Victoria stayed during their trip to the Royal Agricultural Show in York, a visit which put Treasurer’s House on the social map.
Head up to the King’s Side to see a re-creation of the St William's College décor in the King’s Room, another property owned by Frank Green, before ending with the Green family legacy.
Keep your children busy with a ‘spot the figure’ trail running throughout the house. Pick up a sheet from the reception team and hand it in for a sticker at the end.
If you’re visiting on a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday then take advantage of a 45 minute 'By Appointment' tour from 1.15pm instead of guiding yourself, free with your admission ticket. If you like it quieter, then take a tour between 3-3.45pm. And it's worth mentioning that Fridays are our quietest days of the week
Finish your visit with a trip to the Below Stairs Café. Frank Green hired Monsieur Viande, a top French chef in the early 20th century. We’ve taken this as inspiration to whip up a tantalising offering combining a French and Yorkshire twist. You may end up extending your visit a little longer! Like the garden, the café is also free to enter.
Half a day
If you have a little longer to spend with us, bookend your trip with a visit to hidden parts of the house.
Tours to the attic and to the basement are suitable for 5 years and over and cost £4 per adult and £3.50 per child. Please call ahead to check on the day if you are planning a visit especially for a tour 01904 624247.
Just around the corner is the National Trust high street shop, in another building donated by Frank Green to the Trust in 1930. Steeped in history, it’s conjoined archway was one of the original entrances to the Minster precinct in the late 12th century. Find the range of National Trust goods, with all profits going back into the conservation work at properties such as Treasurer’s House.
If you have a day for the National Trust in York, after a visit to Treasurer’s House hop on a bus to Goddards House and Garden. Buses 4, 13, 840 and 843 stop regularly near the property (ask for the Marriott Hotel stop).
Or if it’s a lovely day, hire a bicycle and cycle the 3-mile journey between the two properties to receive a free tea or coffee with any snack purchased in the Goddards café.
Soak up the stories of life in the Terry family home during the 1920s and 30s and learn more about the people behind the Terry’s Chocolate Orange. Discover five acres of arts and crafts garden overlooking the racecourse and end your day with a slice of chocolate cake in the Dining Room, a G&T on the terrace or a sherry in the Drawing Room.