Clifford's Tower, York

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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. To visit Clifford's Tower and get the most from your holiday in York, create itinerary details personal to you using our York tour itinerary builder app .
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  • There are over fifty steps to be climbed before you even reach the entrance. Once inside the tower. there isn't an awful lot to be seen, unless you climb up to the battlements. From the top of these t...  more »
  • A spring day worthy of a steep walk up the steps enjoying the daffodils and clear skies. Did not expect the entrance fee at the top but I guess you have to pay to keep the upkeep!! Wasn’t too impresse...  more »
  • Clifford's tower is a great piece of history just opposite the York museum and is absolutely lovely. Tower is just quite pricey to go, also there is parking place is well. It is interesting inside wit...  more »
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  • Clifford's tower, once part of York castle sits atop an eleventh century mound in the centre of York offering some of the most spectacular views across the city and surrounding countryside. The entrance is at the top of steep stairs in the open but the climb is well worth the effort for the views alone. There is a large carpark adjacent and the castle museum is just across the square. Definitely recommended.
  • First point is this attraction is totally impossible in a wheel chair. Due to the only access point being up a steep flight of stairs. It is however a really interesting part of York's history, full of bloody tales of massacres and treachery. The views inside the tower are great over the city and its walls and if you are a visitor to the city it is a must. There is a car park right next to the tower, but it does fill up quickly and is rather expensive. I would always recommend using the Park and ride which has a stop right next to the tower.
  • Great little castle, with really interesting history. Very pretty and well informed. The only negetive is you have no idea how much the admission fee is until you have climbed all the way to the top of the steps. Under 4's are free and Adults are £6 - maybe a little excesive but the money I am sure goes towards the upkeep etc
  • It’s a little castle on a hill. Not really much to say about it. It’s easy to find and we’ll sign posted. It’s very close to some nice cafes and has ample parking.
  • It’s an iconic piece of York architecture, as much a part of its soul as the Bar Walls and York Minster. Its history has been a bit dark at time, and downright horrible at others, but that’s history for you. Some folks think it’s a bit expensive to go inside and that there isn’t much there when you do, but you needed to be more open minded. I mean, how many thousand year ruins still have their walls intact and allow you to walk around the top. Incidentally, going inside and walking around the top is a must if you’re a tourist, and to be done at least once if you’re a local. The views are brilliant, and looking straight down is a bit of a thrill as the walls lean outward a little towards the top! If you don’t want to going inside, you can walk up the steps for free, and around the outside for spectacular photo opportunities day and night.
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