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Clifford's Tower: Tours & Tickets

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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...more
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Hours Today: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Tower Street, York YO1 9SA, England
+44 1904 646940
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If you are an EH member then it’s worth going up to enjoy the views but otherwise there really isn’t much to see. It’s historic of course and worth thinking about the terrible events that occurred here. Not sure it’s really worth the money though.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank 867ians
Reviewed 6 days ago

The tower is very imposing on the top of a small hill and allows for wonderful pictures when contrasted with a blue sky. On the other hand, despite its rich history, there's not much to see on the inside beside the views from the top.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Andre A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

sorry bottom of the stairs , very small sign. free. but if you walk up the stairs it 7 pd...and no real view. much more fun walking in the shambles.. now , I dont mind paying..but the bare and switch..just get my back up.. fun...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank 7zack
Reviewed 1 week ago

Explore and climb the last remaining Tower built by Willam the Norman conqueror in and about 1068. This is all that remains of teh fortress that saw many epic battles. It affords an epic 360 degree view of York. One can just imagine trying to...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was something and nothing. If you are doing lots of touring around Britain I don't think I'd bother with this one.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Jen W
Reviewed 1 week ago

The price was expensive for what it is its basically a shell with some steps to walk around the top then come back down, Views where very iompressive but i would make sure you go on a clear day.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Sirwolfe
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is not a massive site and is certainly more than difficult if you have any mobility problems but the views on a clear day are amazing. Before even reaching the site, there are a large number of quite steep but straight steps. We did...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank honeysrascal
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Initially, I mostly stopped by Clifford's Tower for a brief visit as part of my English Heritage membership and to get the views of York from the top. Now, it was only a short visit - less than an hour - but it was longer...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Although I have visited York several times, I had never been to Clifford’s Tower before. The only access is up steep steps up the bank, so not suitable for some people. In fact I was more tired after climbing to the entrance than after climbing...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Clifford’s Tower offers a great 360 view across the city skyline. As English Heritage members we felt obliged to take advantage of a quick visit. There’s very little shelter so make sure you’re prepared if it’s cold and wet

Date of experience: September 2019
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9 July 2018|
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Response from 55delaneyw | Reviewed this property |
Yes, for around 4£ I believe.
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.
7 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
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22 November 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