The Queen has visited Treasurer’s House in York three times in her reign. From 23 May – 12 June, visitors who join a tour of the National Trust owned historic house, can uncover more as part of the city’s Jubilee celebrations. See the menu of the day, rare archive images and hear more about her visits and their part in York’s history.

The first visit was in March 1972, where she had a refreshment pause at the house after giving out Maundy money at the Minster. Photo archives show her wrapped warmly in her coat on the garden steps before she headed off to meet the people of York. Next was in November 1988 for a service to celebrate the restoration of the roof and vault of York Minster after the fire of ’84 ravaged the building. On this day they lunched with guests at Treasurer’s House, a serving planned to perfection and executed in an equally exacting manner. Lunch was also the reason for a visit in July 2000 where the Monarch, along with Prince Phillip, enjoyed private dining during a whistle-stop visit to the city. On this day they also visited the Assembly Rooms for an exhibition celebrating York’s heritage and released 500 balloons from Museum Gardens.

Further stories from the Royal visits and a rare chance to peep at the National Trust archive imagery, guestbook and menu will be shared by the friendly tour guides of Treasurer’s House as part of a regular tour. As you journey through the house, you get the chance to uncover more about its owner, 19th century industrialist, Mr Frank Green, the changes he made to the buildings to create this home, and his wonderful collection of art, furniture, and tapestries. 

Tours of Treasurer’s House run Saturday – Tuesday, 11am – 4pm and spaces can be pre-booked via the website. Otherwise drop in for the next available space, these are allocated each day on a first come, first served basis. Free entry for National Trust members or normal admission charges apply.

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