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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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  • Average27%
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Tower Street, York YO1 9SA, England
+44 1904 646940
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited this attraction and enjoyed the history. Staff were friendly. Great views from the top of the tower

Thank CornwallMole
Reviewed 4 days ago

The only reason i called this disappointing is because you have to pay £5.50 each to get in. After climbing the very steep steps to the entrance you then get told its £5.50 entrance, this should be displayed at the bottom. When you get inside...More

Thank paul s
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A steep walk up to what looks like a small castle. But really interesting inside and given loads of explanation about the somewhat violent history. The walk round the top is a bit hairy but the views are superb. An hour well spent.

Thank Paul S
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Must if you’re into your history. Bear in mind it’s a steep-ish walk up 55 steps to get to the Tower, and then more stairs inside to get up to the top. At £5 each to get in it’s debatably a little overpriced but if...More

Thank laurent626
Reviewed 4 days ago

Nice views from the top of the tower. This is York history at it's finest. Clearly not accessible for those with mobility issues and also the climb to the top is a little steep. Great for families yound and old though. Must see when visiting.

Thank Joleen22
Reviewed 4 days ago

OK, it is expensive for what it is and the National Trust manage this tower. A shell of a building on the top of an old Motte is worth a visit for great views.

Thank CPL199
Reviewed 6 days ago

Well worth a visit if only for the fantastic views all around York. Quite a climb to the top, but definitely worth it.

Thank Ian M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

+ Excellent view over York. English Heritage site. - Would not go close to their closing time as entrance fees aren't that cheap. Does not say at the bottom of the stairs that you have to pay. You find out you have to once you...More

Thank yeonsu0326
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An important part of York's history and well worth a visit. The steps are a bit steep to get up mind you! Gives a nice view of the city as well. If I'm honest I thought it was a bit too expensive given how small...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice views, Good sense of history. This is like central York. Being originally from New York I loved to see the original!

Thank Bob C
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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.
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
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