Amazing virtual tour reveals every corner of historic York Mansion House – even the Lord Mayor’s bathroom!

The Mansion House. Photograph: York Past & Present / Joe Simpson / Eboracum Imagery
8 Mar 2016 @ 6.22 pm
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The view that greets you when you open the virtual tour. Photographs: York Past & Present / Joe Simpson / Eboracum Imagery
The view that greets you when you open the virtual tour. Photographs: York Past & Present / Joe Simpson / Eboracum Imagery

A remarkable virtual tour of York Mansion House has just gone live. And it gives everyone an “access all areas” pass to all the rooms visitors never see.

It includes everything from the most lavish civic rooms – to the Lord Mayor’s rather outdated bathroom…

The online tour was created by volunteers at York Past & Present along with Joe Simpson of Eboracum Imagery in partnership with City of York Council.

After the council gave the team “unprecedented access”, they took more than 8,000 images of every corner of the Lord Mayor of York’s official residence.

They photographed the 18th century property when it was empty of furniture and before construction work started on a £1.6 million restoration.

Joe stitched them together to allow a 360˚ view of the rooms.

“The whole of the house is absolutely magnificent,” said Lianne Brigham, one of the founders of York Past & Present.

“And this tour will make it so much more accessible.”

It offers a fascinating insight behind the scenes. As the pictures show, the top floor flat, where every Lord Mayor resides during their year in office, is certainly in need of modernising.

But the State Room and dining room look as splendid as ever.

The downstairs rooms

Going down… into the ancient Mansion House basement
Going down… into the ancient Mansion House basement
Tight security: the Safe Room
Tight security: the Safe Room
The downstairs kitchen, where countless sumptuous civic banquets have been prepared
The downstairs kitchen, where countless sumptuous civic banquets have been prepared
The new tour comes as the Mansion House sees its biggest investment since building was completed in 1732.

Hopefully the Mansion House will fully re-open to the public early next year.

Deputy council leader Cllr Keith Aspden said:

The Mansion House is one of York’s famous landmarks and this online tool offers the chance to see it in a completely new light online.

This is another development in this exciting project and offers a great opportunity for people to tour an empty Mansion House and view how it appeared before restoration works started.

Hard hat tours

More ‘hard hat tours’ of the Mansion House take place on Saturday, April 2. These offer the chance to see how the works are progressing and speak with those involved with the project.

To book a place on the hard hat tour please call in to the Visit York information centre on Museum Street, ring 01904 550099 or email [email protected]

Another view of the kitchens
Another view of the kitchens
Is that a kitchen range – or a smiley face?
Is that a kitchen range – or a smiley face?
Plenty of room for a banquet – the ground floor Dining Room
Plenty of room for a banquet – the ground floor Dining Room

Moving upstairs

Basic: one of the rooms on the second floor
Basic: one of the rooms on the second floor
Splendid – the majesty of the State Room
Splendid – the majesty of the State Room

The Lord Mayor’s flat at the top

The corridor of the Lord Mayor's flat
The corridor of the Lord Mayor’s flat
Almost all mod cons in the upstairs flat's kitchen…
Almost all mod cons in the upstairs flat’s kitchen…
Not the most modern units
Not the most modern units in the mayoral kitchen
The Lord Mayor's bathroom, in beautiful orangey brown
The Lord Mayor’s bathroom, in beautiful orangey brown
The mayor's smallest room
The mayor’s smallest room
In need of some TLC: a third floor room
In need of some TLC: a third floor room
Steps up to the window on the third floor
Steps up to the window on the third floor
Another room on the top floor
Another room on the top floor

As high as you can go

Up on the roof…
Up on the roof…
The best view in York?
The best view in York?