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Clifford's Tower

Tower Street, York YO1 9SA, England
+44 1904 646940
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Clifford's Tower is all that remains of York Castle. It's set upon a mound which was originally built by William the Conqueror. There is plenty of history to discover. We offer amazing 360 degree views from the top of the Tower over the City of York. Clifford's Tower is open 7 days a week, times vary throughout the year so it's advisable to check the website for details before you visit. There is an entry fee to visit the Tower.
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Tower Street, York YO1 9SA, England
+44 1904 646940
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visited as part of a self organised historic tour of York. The tower is well kept but there is not a huge amount to see at the lower level. Visitors must be prepared to climb the fairly steep 55 steps up the Motte to the...More

Thank Lionel T
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Nice tower but only really worth visiting for the views information boards unreadable worth a brief visit if visiting York but think it is expensive for what it is

Thank sarah s
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Simple tower but loaded with lots of history. Great views of the town from on top. About an hour to do. This stop would just be an add on.

Thank Perry H
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Sits high on a steep hill - an imposing remnant of York Castle- lots of history still abounds. You can climb the steps and if you decide not to go in you can just walk down.

Thank nowpacking
Reviewed 5 days ago

A great bit of history to visit, nice to take a picnic and just sit there. You can climb to the top and view York in splendour, the added bonus is the museum being next door.

Thank Debra S
Reviewed 6 days ago

This dominates the skyline while doing our walk of the city walls, lots of steps to get in if your feeling energetic, we didn't pay to go into so I can't give a honest opinion,

Thank Teresa L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cliffords tower is a wonderful old hostoric site on york. Raising majestoxally feom ground level it 'towers' above orher local land marks and thereby provides great views of rhe city. However I would suggest restricting views fron the initial drag of stairs from ground level...More

Thank Paulsmithcasty
Reviewed 1 week ago

You get a good view of the city from here. There are lots of steps to climb but that's OK. There is a good display in the centre of the tower, then climb the spiral steps to the top.

Thank Mary v
Reviewed 1 week ago

We got into York late so all the shops were closed. Went here cause it says it's open till 6pm. It wasn't even 5:50pm yet when they told us they were closed. We just want to go in there for a quick picture of the...More

Thank Jessica S
Reviewed 1 week ago

We are English Heritage members, so there was no fee. The history of the castle and tower is very well laid out. You can climb some winding stairs to get to the top and see a very pretty view of the city.

Thank nicmccormick
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As part of a family of Jewish descent, I am really confused by your review. I have visited Clifford's Tower many times and feel that it(and the original tower) are part of my heritage - history is not always "pleasant". It is not a "nice" bit of history but for decades, I have taken pictures of it and discussed it with family members - both before and after my own generation. Why couldn't you bear to enter an historic site that is less than "wholesome"? In various ways that is true of most historic sites. I am also descended from industrial workers who rioted in the streets - history is what it is. My Jewish great grandmother took my grandmother - who was then only a teenager but who was about to marry "in" to a suffragettes' rally - telling her to shout, History isn't nice most of the time. Our family remained a very religious and very political family. We will be going to York this summer and will be again visiting the tower. It is part of our history.
6 July 2017|
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Response from cwgator64 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure what you are asking me to answer. There is a plaque at the bottom of the tower that tells how the Jews were persecuted and took their own lives. When I write a review I try not to be political rather explain what I... More
GlenandSusan W
22 November 2015|
Response from Stacey C | Property representative |
Hi, you should allow at least 20mins for your visit to Clifford's Tower. We have interpretation panels, a model showing what the Castle used to look like and a medieval chapel. You can also walk up to the battlements and... More