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York Mansion House re-opens after the big restoration

Residents and tourists are invited to the grand opening of York’s newly refurbished Mansion House. Built in 1732, the mansion is re-opening its doors for the first time after its £2.6 million restoration. This was made possible due to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and further funding from York City Council, along with various donations.

The project aimed to improve visitors’ experience by restoring the well-known architectural gem in the heart of the city. Visitors are able to roam freely around the mansion; offering a chance to experience the story of York’s past and present. It also exhibits an insight into how every Lord Mayor from the Middle Ages has fulfilled their time in the house.

The colour scheme for the exterior was chosen by York residents in 2016, proven successful based on its similarity to what the mansion house would have looked in the 1890’s. It is the earliest purpose built mansion house built for a Lord Mayor which is still in existence.

Younger visitors are able to write letters to Santa, the Lord Mayor will be making an appearance, posting the letters to the North Pole. Also, in the restored Georgian kitchen, you can find out more about Christmas culinary specialities through the ages, with food historian Dr. Annie Gray.

The house will be open Wednesday-Sunday until Saturday 23rd December. It is complete with decorative garlands and a 10ft Christmas tree, a festive atmosphere for all visitors. This grand opening will allow more people than ever to enjoy the mansion.

The official re-opening of the house will be 27th January; visitors will be able to take first look at the newly exhibited silver galleries and collections. Upcoming events will be hosted by the mansion, including food and wine tasting, afternoon teas, candlelight tours, cinema nights and moving theatre encouraging local talents.