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Clifford's Tower, York

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#6 of 31 in Historic Sites in York
Observation Deck Historic Site
Take in panoramic views from the top of Clifford's Tower, the remains of York Castle built by William the Conqueror. View the model of how the castle used to look, and learn about how it once functioned as a prison, a royal mint, as well as the place where Henry VIII put the bodies of his enemies on public display. Keep in mind those with mobility impairment may have a difficult time reaching the top of the hill and climbing up stairs to reach the tower. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Clifford's Tower and many more York attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's York tour planner.
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  • A special spot with a real history, giving views over the rooftops of York. Adjacent to the Castle Museum and the city shopping centre, with parking close to hand.  more »
  • Cliffords tower offers some fantastic history, a nice workout climbing all the steps and some stunning views across York town.  more »
  • As English Heritage members we though we would visit while in York. It is a small tower up quite a few steps and there isn't much there, although we were amused to see they had managed to cram in a gi...  more »
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  • This is one of the things you can't miss in York, mainly because is impossible to not see it when you are walking around. It's a quick ascension to the tower (that is not free) and you'll give you decent views of the town. It's almost like an island of history in the middle of nowhere. Recommended.
  • A historic place in the heart of the city always a busy area as it is next to the museum and the river sit at the bottom and enjoy the views and the hustle and bustle.
  • A Tower Built by Peasants Clifford’s Tower is one of the best-loved landmarks in York. Lots of dark history and yummy murders happen in this little tower, and you'll find out more history once you get there.
  • Total rip off. £5 for an attraction that is all of 10 minutes. Much better to see the excellent musuem across the road. No decent signage indicating that there is a fee at the bottom of the steps. Avoid
  • It has a great view of the city. . I loved the wine testing. The visitors were also very lovely and so were the staff. Would highly recommend a climb if you visit York city

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