Treasurer's House
Treasurer's House
4.5
Monday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Step through years of history as you explore this historic house where rooms are set up and furnished to mirror the grand styles from medieval times to the early 1900s. All created as part of one man's vision for his idea of an historic house. Find out about Frank Green and his particular ways and see his unique collection from his travels. However with the beautiful garden overlooking York Minster it's not a hardship to pause away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The garden and cafe in the basement are free to enter on open days. Grab a light bite or brew in among your city exploring. Access to the house from April to mid-November is on a group guided tour; pre-booking via the website is recommended to guarantee your preferred time slot. Your knowledgeable host shares the a little more about the man, his collection and his home. Pre-booking and tours are not needed during the Christmas experience. Free entry to National Trust members and under fives.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • DRMTJ
    Henley in Arden, United Kingdom393 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting tour
    We spent an interesting hour’s tour here learning about this rather unusual home. Our tour guide was excellent and there were only 8 of us so it felt comfortable. Also lovely gardens to visit with fantastic view of the Minster. Worth a visit for NT members.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 April 2023
  • Horse racing fan
    Dartford, United Kingdom40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    For lovers of antiquities and some good stories
    We had a guided tour here yesterday with Geoff and Carole. The tour was very informative, a fascinating mixture of ghost stories, tales of Frank Green, the owner who bequeathed the house and all its contents to the National Trust in 1930 and a chance to see some spectacular and exquisite treasures which Frank had collected from stately homes around the country and which came from around the world. The craftsmanship of some of the items was extraordinary and makes many of them priceless. In addition to this, Frank was a character and a man of considerable wealth, who had a number of quirks and who was an exacting master. A great guide and a brilliant tour.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 17 May 2023
  • Tracey R
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A most enjoyable tour
    A most enjoyable tour of York's Treasurers House. Most rooms were open to the public including upstairs and included numerous beautiful antiques. Our volunteer tour guide, Steve, was extremely knowledgeable. I could have listened to him all day, he was so enthusiastic about the house's history. Enjoyed the cafe downstairs too and thank you Steve for your company over a coffee.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 July 2023
  • permia
    41,066 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Once a prestigious mansion for a prestigious position
    With responsibility for the Minster’s finances, the Treasurer had a grand mansion. However all that changed with the arrival of the Reformation in the 1540s. What we enjoy today results from initiatives by a local wealthy businessman in the late 1890s to consolidate and restore the complex. An engaging tour brought to life the fine legacy the house represents.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 10 July 2023
  • A T
    London, United Kingdom5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the visit!
    A National Trust gem near York Minster that requires being part of a small tour to see the interior. Excellent tour guide - and a fascinating history and amazing furniture and art that had also been donated to National Trust. The garden is stunning, and an oasis of calm during the height of the tourist season.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 1 August 2023
  • AlexVin100
    Royal Wootton Bassett, United Kingdom27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small tours and fantastically knowledgeable guides!
    We had a fantastic visit catering for three generations of us. It is a beautiful house but what makes it more special is the fact that you are taken on a tour of the building. The knowledge of the tour guides really bring the house and Frank Green (the previous owner of the house) to life. The mouse trail is great for those with smaller kids but even my teens enjoyed spotting them. If you are planning on visiting please do book in advance. At the height of the season, when we visited, the poor staff on the front desk were getting so much grief from tourists demanding that they just be snuck on to a tour… well done to them for withstanding the grief because the small size of the tours (approx 10 people) was perfect to be able to ask questions and get so much out it it. Allow about an hour for the tour plus some time for the gardens and tearooms!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 9 August 2023
  • JenJen55
    Stafford, United Kingdom14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent experience
    Entry is by guided tour only so always book ahead before going. Very interesting house. Not a home but a place for the owner to show off his eclectic collections. So many interesting artefacts brought to life by our excellent guide Geoff. The tea room staff were so nice even though they were short staffed they remained cheerful and efficient. Nice selection of food.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 August 2023
  • Zach W
    19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    5 stars!!!
    I loved hearing the information that our tour guide provided! She did a great job and I had a great time. It was such a beautiful place and loved all the different spaces. I’m grateful that the national trust exists to provide us with Amazing spaces such as this.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 August 2023
  • Amy S
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous
    I had a few hours to kill in York whilst waiting to meet up with family and so decided to book a tour here. The tours occur every 15mins and are in small groups of about 10 people, which makes it feel really personal and more interactive. The guide was very knowledgeable and had lots of stories as well as a sense of humour. A lovely way to spend an hour.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 August 2023
  • KarenKreft
    Derby, United Kingdom13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A thoroughly enjoyable experience
    Access to this wonderful property is by booked tours only. Don’t be put off by this. We just had one of the best tours I have ever experienced (and I have been on many). Our guide was Paul. He is obviously very passionate about the house and the man who owned it, and that shines through during the tour. A great mix of history, stories, humour and small quirky bits. He answered every question put to him showing that he was a man with expert knowledge. We never felt we were being rushed either. A thoroughly enjoyable experience which I have pleasure in recommending.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 September 2023
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Deb S
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Hats off to Jeff and Carol our tour guides during a recent visit to Treasurer’s House. They were very knowledgeable about Frank Green and his fastidious habits. Your sense of humour shone through and made the tour even more enjoyable. Coffee and scones were good too.
Written 17 April 2024
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12Charlie92
Manchester, UK7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We had an excellent visit today to the Treasurer's House in York. Our guides were Geoff and Barbara who were very knowledgeable about the building. They were really interesting to listen to and welcomed questions from visitors. A great visit!
Written 2 April 2024
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Alan Ed
Cambridgeshire, UK326 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We went for a day trip and visiting this location was a highlight. Just wonderful with Christmas spirit everywhere. Highly recommend the Christmas Pudding scones. All volunteers very informative and cheerful on a miserable day. Another great use of our annual National Trust cards.
Written 12 December 2023
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G P
26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Wonderful place to explore. Guides in each room were fantastic, welcoming and full of history about the property. Well worth a visit.
Written 10 December 2023
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Johnny
Nottinghamshire, UK151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
Set in the bustling heart of York is this beautiful hidden gem.
Great welcome from the enthusiastic staff which continued all through the visit. Everyone we met here was really friendly and knowledgable and did much to enhance the visit.

Decorated for Christmas when i visited themed around Frank Greens travels abroad. This was a very interesting theme for the decorations.

I believe the garden and cafe are free to visit and although i didn’t use the cafe it looked very appetising and the toilets on site are well kept and very clean.

The garden even in winter is spectacular very peaceful and easy whilst in there to forget you are in a busy city centre.

Overall a very beautiful building with a wealth of history i will hopefully be back soon to take advantage of one of the guided tours.
Written 9 December 2023
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Marc_YCS
Darlington, UK58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Tucked away behind the splendid York Minster is the Treasurer's House. It is not very big but it is steeped in history. With well informed guides in each room and information boards at regular intervals there is ample to see. The light level is kept necessarily low inside the house to protect the artefacts from deterioration; just give your eyes a minute or two to adjust. The history of Frank Green permeates the house and evidence of his extensive travels is all through the house.
Rooms are named after Royal visitors who stayed at the house and are superbly displayed.
Take special note of the 18th century French clock in the Princess Victoria room and, if you can, be there when it chimes.
The house was decorated for Christmas at the time of our visit which made it all the more special.
The obligatory café serves the usual fare and the Cream Tea is not only delicious but pretty good value too.
The gardens had been protected for winter with the statues covered for protection but the small, manicured garden is still worth the walk around.
Written 7 December 2023
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Tortoise77
Stroud, UK21 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Cafe very disappointing, took a friend for lunch. A bowl of watery carrot soup £7.90! A tiny tasteless quiche. You could do so much better national trust! Merchants hall much better option
Written 22 November 2023
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Sunshine576554
York, UK346 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
As NT membership we could enter the Treasurer's house for free, as opposed to paying the adult non gift aided fee of £12 each but it would have been worth the entrance fee anyway to see the beautifully decorated house. It is staged ready for Christmas with a display linked to tales of Frank Green's travels around the world. Helpful and informative staff and good coffee as always in a NT property. Highly recommend a visit.
Written 19 November 2023
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Gillian R
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
My husband and I visited the Treasurers House today in York this afternoon. What polite and welcoming staff. Our tour guide Steve was just perfect giving informative and highly interesting information mixed with great humour. Wonderful interiors of the time, magnificent pictures and exceptional furniture. We were not rushed at all and enjoyed every room. Wonderful National Trust Property and a Tea Room with so much charm. Thankyou Steve for a Wonderful Tour and a happy afternoon..
Gill & Jon from St Tropez, Cote de Azure, France.
Written 14 October 2023
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Mike D
Gateshead27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
A house with a fascinating story, unique amongst National Trust Properties. It was all superbly explained by our guide, Geoff
Written 13 October 2023
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