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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
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tower is a treasured landmark in York, being both the center of government for the north of England and a great place for panoramic views of the town and surrounding region. It is something to be enjoyed from lots of different sides. Because of...More

3  Thank tjcameralucida
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed the stop at Clifford's tower and climbing the battlements gave a great view of the surrounding town. Castle information provides a good background and history of the castle and surrounding area. A definite good to see especially if you appreciate the Motte and Bailey...More

Thank Mark M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I would say that if you are in York, you really should take the time to visit Clifford's Tower. Just a large fortification directly across the street from the Hilton on Tower street, the building is imposing on it's hilltop location and you can walk...More

1  Thank drwiz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed at the Hilton across the street. The tower can be entered for a fee, it's a bit of climbing stairs involved. Nicely lit in the evening. Not easy to find a parking around

Thank Reneta B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You will spend a very pleasant half hour looking at the shell of Cliffords Tower, some information boards and lovely views. We enjoyed our visit but don't expect to be there any longer than half an hour. I think it's worth a visit.

Thank Glenda0303
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are an English Heritage member, then definitely visit. If not, you may want to consider the length of queues and steepness of the steps before deciding if you will pay the entrance price. The tower has an interesting history and good views of...More

1  Thank SharpeWords
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very small, good view from the top. The shop in the middle spoils it somewhat. Sensible one way system up and down the tower.

1  Thank Kanelbullar
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I are English Heritage members, which is why we chose to see Clifford's Tower, but we have been giving it a miss until now because of the prices to get in. We're glad we did because you don't get much, but there...More

1  Thank BriKH23
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one that is neat to look at. It is said to be the remaining part of the ancient castle. It is circular on a circular hill. Walk up the hill for a little view of the town. You can go inside to go...More

Thank Jotum
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

3 interesting information boards, nice 3D model, good view across York. Not a huge amount to spend time doing if you're paying for a one off. Lots of steps, this time spiralled and uneven. I'd say, don't pay to get in if you don't feel...More

Thank DaisyMayB0d
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honeysrascal
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.
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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
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GlenandSusan W
November 22, 2015|
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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
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