To celebrate the gift of Treasurer’s House and all its contents from Frank Green to the National Trust in July 1930, York residents are offered free entry on Fridays in July.
Treasurer’s House is one of York’s hidden gems. Built on the site of the former Treasury to the Minster, hence its name, it was resurrected from three ramshackle buildings, into one handsome property by Yorkshire industrialist Mr Frank Green. An intrepid traveller and absolute perfectionist, Mr Green travelled the world and collected art, furniture and curiosities, filling the house with to create a show-home, grand enough to impress the future king, Edward VII.
York residents are invited to escape the city hustle and bustle and enjoy the sanctuary of the house free of charge on Fridays in July. In the mornings wander through the period rooms as you please. Pick up a new information board giving you insights into Frank Green, the grand design that is Treasurer’s House and the treasures inside. From the moulded blown-glass chandelier from York Assembly Rooms that shimmers above the William and Mary staircase, the opulent Blue Drawing Room designed solely to impress his guests, to the glorious detail on the ivory veneer and sandalwood toilet set from Southern India – all have fascinating stories to tell. In the afternoons join a small group for a special ‘by appointment’ experience with one of our knowledgeable guides, something Frank Green would have applauded. As you journey through the house and peek behind closed doors, you will learn more about its owner and his special gift, the first house with all its contents to be gifted to the National Trust in 1930.Complete your visit with a stop off in the Below Stairs Café. Delicious home-made treats await including the traditional favourite, a cream tea.
To gain free entry into Treasurer’s House on Fridays in July, York residents are asked to bring a bill addressed to their YO postcode. By ‘appointment’ tours are 45 minutes and run every 15 minutes from 1.15pm – 4.00pm. Booking is not required. Plan your day: nationaltrust.org.uk/treasurershouse