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“Breathtaking.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Clifford's Tower

Clifford's Tower
Tower St, York YO1 9RY, England
01904 646940
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Owner description: 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.
Bewdley, United Kingdom
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“Breathtaking.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

Visited on midweek trip to York and knew nothing about it. It's in a stunning situation which is accessed by about 60 very steep steps. Tight circular staircases then lead up and down from the gate level to the top of the walls where the views are fantastic but a little exposed as there is a long drop on either side of the pathway. There are information boards spread around the building and guide books available but this is a little restricted. We enjoyed the visit and afterwards were able to warm up with a coffee in the Castle Museum opposite.

Visited March 2013
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“Good view of the city”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2013 via mobile

The entrance fee was too expensive for my liking with little activities inside to do. The view however should justify the cost with exceptional view of the city of York.

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“Steeped in history”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2013

Set on a tall mound in the heart of Old York, Clifford's Tower is all that remains of York Castle built by the Norman king William the Conqueror in the 11th Century. The castle keep may not be as impressive as in its heyday but it is steeped in history, bloody and colourful, and provides a wonderful view of the city. One of the more gruesome parts of its history is the 12th Century massacre of the Jewish community, who were given the role of money lenders by the Normans. No less gruesome is the fact that the tower gained its present name from the execution of Roger de Clifford who was hanged in chains from the tower walls for treason in 1322.
Still, today, a walk around the parapet walkway at the end of a spiral staircase provides quite pleasurable view of the city. It's worth the £4 entry fee.

Visited February 2013
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“Not much, but worth the effort”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

Currently, Clifford's Tower will set you back about £8-£11, depending upon the combination of adults and children in your family. English Heritage members pay no additional entrance free.

The self-guided tour of Clifford's Tower probably wouldn't take more than an hour even for the most in-depth excursion. You must first climb some stairs to the box office. On the ground floor of the tower, there is a gift shop, about three plaques with historical information, and a model of what the castle looked like years ago. But you came here for the views of York, right? Climb the right set of stairs to ascend. These stairs are uneven and the staircase crooked (think Tower of Pisa). Once on top of the tower, you take a one-way trip clockwise about the tower. There are a few plaques along the wall to point out what you're looking at. The views are quite nice and give you a perspective of the Minster you're not likely to see otherwise.

If you have trouble handling heights, take care at this site. The stairs leading up to the tower reminded me a bit of climbing pyramids in Mexico and the while the tower is railed well at that top, it can leave one a bit woozy.

Like many sites in York, Clifford's Tower is not stroller friendly. There is not monitored or dedicated stroller parking. You'll either need to rely upon the good will of man, take turns with your spouse/children, or put the baby in the sling or backpack.

Visited February 2013
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“The entire castle mound is covered in daffodils in the spring”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

Unless you want to get a view of the city, I'd suggest just appreciating it from the outside. The interior isn't distinctive and it's relatively small. The entire castle mound is covered in daffodils in the spring.

Visited June 2012
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