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Once the residence of the Lord Mayor, now a well-respected and prestigious antiques centre

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Antique Centre
Front Facade
Just a few yards down the road from York Minster is the literally-named Red House. Dating from the 18th century, this grade II listed building is one of the most eye-catching in the city - or at least the most colourful!

Doorway to the Red House
It was originally designed for the use of the Lord Mayor - and its architect is rumoured to be none other than William Etty, the city's most famous artist. Etty was very popular at the time, and in the present day, his statue still stands, in pride of place outside York Art Gallery. But since he was known for painting nude portraits, rather than designing buildings, it's impossible to know whether this is fact or fiction.

Antique books for sale in the Red House
For several years, Red House was used as a residence, but now it is the site of a well-respected and prestigious antiques centre. There are two floors, with dozens of different dealers, so it's possible to pick up anything from furniture to jewellery, and from countless different time periods. There are also dealers in glasswork, paintings, clocks, coins, maps, and many more.
Visitor Information
The Red House is open Mon to Sat, 9.30am - 7pm (till 5.30pm in winter) and Sun 10.30am - 5.30pm. Entrance is FREE. Tel: 01904 637000

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