Things to see and do at Treasurer's House

Two women looking up at an ornate cream ceiling

Treasurer’s House to reveals wealthy industrialist 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.

Try the new oddities trail

New for summer 2017, 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.

Admiring the blown glass chandelier
Man standing on a staircase underneath a large chandelier

The award winning city garden

Winner of the Gold Award from the Yorkshire in Bloom team for four years running in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. The garden is a tranquil haven in the heart of the city. Visit the garden for free on open'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.

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 visit and therefore admission charge to the rest of the house is not necessary to enjoy the cellar tour. Tours cost £4 per adult and £3.50 per child.

Tours are generally available Thursday - Sunday (winter months) and the tour on offer varies on different days depending on the availability of the tour guides and the hidden parts of the house. 

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

Demolition and Restoration

See the display around the mansion which looks at some of the lost houses of Yorkshire and how Treasurer's House was changed and consequently saved by Frank Green. Discover more here.

Step below stairs to the café

The recently refurnished 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.