Clifford's Tower
Clifford's Tower
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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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  • Emma G
    Northampton, United Kingdom60 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small castle to see the top view
    Going up the steps to keep us fit :) the tower is great to look at but it is small place to visit. With two children underage of teenage it was a wizz through than exploring. However if I went on my own I would say 30 minute visit. I'm lucky to be a member so free for me and kids. The price is not really worth it however you are raising money toward all English heritage to save those building that need saving. We are losing the building to new build which make me sad. The view when you get to the top is ok, you would be able to see the church cathedral however I think all building surround lost it spark :( it is not suitable for disability who require assistance wheelchair.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 27, 2023
  • Bluestoops
    92 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely views of the city
    Lovely views of York but really not much to it. Interesting tales of what had been on the site previously but after half an hour we’d done it all. Sunbathed to add another five minutes on and make the most of the entrance fee….
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Sunita Bhatoia Sandhu
    Leicester, United Kingdom31 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historical
    When I visited York in October 2021 with my partner we were unable to visit Clifford's tower due to work being done to it. Visited later with family members . There was a queue to get in which doesn't take that long. There were 53 steps to climb which was okay but some people may find this difficult. Once we got in the tower it was very historical. My family members went further up to the tower and they enjoyed the views.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 4, 2023
  • Karonius w
    Stotfold, United Kingdom46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views and interesting history
    A great little glimpse at a historic medieval tower. Get there early and book in advance to beat the crowds and you won’t go far wrong. Great views across the city and the history of this place is fascinating. A lot of steps but worth it. They have installed a walkway to allow visitors to get a close look at features on the first floor as well as the roof which makes it all-the-more worthwhile. The chapel might make you feel a bit nauseous as it’s on a real squiff!
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 10, 2023
  • Zach W
    19 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    The audio chairs are great!
    Although I did forgot I was afraid of heights (those spiral staircases)! I had a pleasant time! There wasn’t so much to do and lots of it was quite bare with not too much information. Loved the audio though! They told 3 stories of the tower. Thought it was great!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 15, 2023
  • Ed
    9 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good views of York
    This has been improved since we last visited it a few years ago. They have added normal steps inside (so that you don't need to use the spiral staircase) Also, the top is almost fully decked out so that it is a bigger, safer space to appreciate the excellent views of York from. The information boards are good although there is just the tower to see and we were there maybe an hour. There are, surprisingly, a lot of ways to come down from the tower and I would have found it useful if the new safer staircase back down was signed at the top.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 1, 2023
  • mrsajd_10
    78 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views -lots of stairs!
    There are a lot of steps up to this but the view from the top is worth it. You won't get a better view of the city. The stories surrounding the tower were also really interesting and a nice way to present them. A slight warning-we came down the spiral sr Fair case from the top of the tower and I needed to sit down. It's a long spiral staircase and it made me really dizzy. The spiral staircases are a little uneven.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 1, 2023
  • thebin16
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom164 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Huge improvement on some years ago
    Our first visit since the internal walkways and new observation platform were installed. Now it seems much bigger than before, and lots more to explore and see (the children loved the early flushing loo...). Great views from the top.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 4, 2023
  • roy v
    Traralgon, Australia5,813 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    We visited the tower late in the afternoon, not very busy which was good. A great sight as you come around the corner to see this building sitting up on this green mound. We paid the seniors price to enter and in we went. We listened to the different audio stories then went up the very narrow stone steps to the top. A great view over the city from up there with information boards pointing out significant other buildings and historic facts. It is good to see up close the way this stone tower was constructed. Well worth a visit when in York .
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 4, 2023
  • Andy B
    35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative and impressive
    Visited on the morning of 30th Aug 2023. Arrived for opening time 10am. The tower is very well preserved and the information points provide great historic detail of the tower and surrounding area. Staff are friendly and efficient getting everyone in. Views from the top alone are worth the price of admission, which is why it was the perfect place to propose to my now fiancé. Highly recommended. Pre book and arrive early.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 10, 2023
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Andy-S60
London, UK1,906 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We stuck to enjoying the view of this tower from the outside, after asking another couple who had just climbed the 50 odd steps up to it how much it was to get in. They’d also decided to do a 180 and come down again. The admission prices should be displayed at the bottom of the steps!! I appreciate there are good views from the tower, and I’m told a few good displays, but it’s another example of York charging high prices for absolutely everything. If they could tax you for breathing they would!
Written January 14, 2020
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EmmiMiller
Manchester, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
Fantastic experience. We had the York Pass and a list of 'priority' attractions but found we had time to fit in Clifford's Tower too and it was well worth it. Located tripping distance from York Castle Museum, so whilst it isn't the largest attraction itself, it's good if you want to fill a little more time in the area, and several of the hop on/off tour buses stop at the nearby road. Didn't pre-book, but two great staff at the foot of the stairs told us we could head right up. Stairs were a little steep, might be a consideration if you have mobility issues, but there were benches part way if you needed a rest or wanted to enjoy the view. Once inside, we were surprised to see a really interesting concept for a museum. There are several benches with speakers, where you can sit and hear 'real' people talk about events in the tower's history, which my eight year old loved for a while as it was different to the usual reading signs. If I were to make one negative comment about these, there was nothing to really look at whilst sitting on these benches, so he did get bored quite easily and some pictures or projections might have gone a long way to keep him sitting still and listening. We explored the levels, including the King's Latrine and the Chapel, and spent some time up on the roof platform, which is an excellent place for pictures of the beautiful city on a nice day but I wouldn't recommend it on a rainy day or if you're afraid of heights! All the staff were lovely to chat to, answering questions including some that weren't even about the tower, but about other things in York my son had spotted. A brief but interesting visit.
Written June 12, 2022
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SJ
Lancashire, UK53 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
My fiance and I visited here during our trip to York last weekend for his belated birthday celebrations. We had already visited several of the popular attractions in York the last time we came, so to mix it up a bit we decided to give Clifford's Tower a try as it had always stood out to us (well, it is on a hill!)

We had parked close by and had seen lots of people walking up to it/around it so we thought it must be worth it. Unfortunately, while I appreciate the magnitude of the building and the history behind it, we felt that it was simply too expensive for how little there is to actually see.

Don't get me wrong, the gentleman who gave us our tickets was a joy to speak to, we found the history of the building to be quite interesting and there are some excellent views at the very top, but it sadly isn't worth the money we paid. It's also important to note, if you're thinking of visiting, that you must be careful on the spiral stairs that you must use to access the roof! There's no room for more than one person on them, whether you're coming down or up, and the individual steps are incredibly narrow and, to be honest, quite frightening so be careful!

It's definitely a one-time-only visit for us, sadly, but we appreciated what we learned during our short time in there.
Written September 21, 2022
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David L
Surbiton, UK518 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
I visited Clifford’s Tower with my wife and 6 year old child in February 2020. The nearby river had burst its banks but the route to the tower was unaffected.

Access is via some steep steps cut into the grassy hillock on which the tower stands. It wouldn’t be suitable for someone with mobility difficulties but was fine for us.

Once inside (I can’t remember how much is cost but it was probably around £10) we climbed the spiral staircase to the battlements. The view from there is worth the admission price - it is spectacular. Beware - it was very windy and at times I had to cling onto the railing.

At ground level there is a gift shop and there are some displays and props. It’s a relatively small attraction and you’ll be done within 15 minutes. It’s worth a trip though!
Written February 23, 2020
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Val W
Merthyr Tydfil, UK1,223 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Clifford's Tower is one of the iconic images of York.

This was our first visit since the refurbishment that has made the inside of the Tower a great deal more accessible - especially for those who find spiral staircases a problem. It was brilliant to have greater access to the roof area and it gave more of feel as to what the Tower was like when operational.

Access up to the Tower was being enforced according to a one way system (which has needed to be enforced for a long while) and numbers entering were being controlled. The steps up to the Tower (and down from it) are steep. Some rest points have been added but would not have been easy to use in the flow of entries and exits.

It was a clear day, which is always the best time to visit! The panels that show landmarks visible from the Tower are still slightly out of sync with the views from the same points.

It would be wise to clearly display prices at the bottom of the steps so that people make a choice before beginning the climb up.

All in all, it was a very enjoyable experience and I dithered between a four and a five for some time.
Written July 17, 2022
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Sarah T
Caversham, UK120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We booked a tour the day before we departed York. We stayed at the Hilton opposite the tower. Our 7 year old had already been taken by the Jorvik Centre. English Heritage had ample staff and good direction signs and sanitizer stations to encourage safe distance and hygiene during our visit. We booked an early time slot, so not a lot of others visitors were on-site. We had fantastic views. There were illustrated signs that our son could read about the history of the site. Well done English Heritage for making the most of these difficult times.
Written August 19, 2020
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Auds632
Grimsby, UK113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
What a fantastic job English Heritage have done with the works to the Tower. There is new seating on the steps up the motte allowing for a breather on the way up should you need it. You can always pretend, like I did, that you are looking at the view!!!

Inside, there have been major improvements. The inner frame has opened up the "floors" and allows a new perspective, especially of the garderobe! All the way around are "speaking benches" telling stories based on people who lived at specific historic events. Very enjoyable.

The view from the roof is just spectacular, with seating to be able to spend more time taking it all in. The routes up and down are a little confusing, though, and could be better signposted or you find yourself meeting people coming the opposite way on very narrow spiral staircases...

Yes, it is quite expensive, but this is our heritage that is being supported, so well worth it to us but can appreciate it may be a bit too much for many.
Written September 26, 2022
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Paul T
Waterlooville, UK456 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
I booked a visit on a dark and rainy afternoon the first thing you need to climb up 55 very steep steps to get to the entrance, thank god for the handrail.
And once you reach the entrance a member of the staff gives you a safety briefing at this point you then start climbing tight narrow spiral stairs to the top of the tower, and once there the views are amazing but because of the rain and the stairs becoming more very slippery
I stayed no long than ten minutes to take photographs, I then negotiated the way down handling onto the handrails until I reached the street level.
I would highly recommend anyone visiting on on a dry day.
Written October 9, 2020
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foxmeister
Selby, England550 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
Book in advance on the English Heritage Website, save a few ££, no need to print your tickets just give your name to the friendly staff on arrival and you go straight in missing out the queue !!
That’s what we did anyway!
All staff there were welcoming and friendly, the renovations have improved the castle and made the visit more interesting and interactive.
You shouldn’t need any longer than an hour to see everything and take some great pics from the top!
Highly recommended 👍🏼👌🏼
And for those saying the barriers at the top aren’t high enough / safe enough for kids … they are if your children are well behaved and responsible. If they’re not you might have to keep an eye on them 😉
Written June 6, 2022
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NearlyCats I
Bristol, UK28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Appreciated the new walkways, having been when it was just an empty tower, but unfortunately vertigo kicked in and I found walking along them terrifying. Rest of the family went up to the top but I waited in the King's Latrine which had solid walls. If you don't do heights don't underestimate how open the walkways appear when you are up there.

As English Heritage members we don't have to pay which is lucky because we spent less than 30 minutes in there.
Written June 2, 2022
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