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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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Tower Street, York YO1 9SA, England
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Reviewed yesterday

Ensure that you stop and climb to the top of this tower. Great views of York. Interesting history of the tower. Excellent photo opportunity.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 746ballfamily746
Reviewed yesterday

Access is via an awkward staircase that disappears up into the clouds. The visitor ponders whether the journey is worthwhile. There is no information at ground level to inform him, except 'an admission charge applies'. How much could it be? One pound? Ten? a hundred?...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank IanRR255060
Reviewed 1 week ago

This visit was quite fun even on a cool winter's day. Our five year old managed the 50-75 steps up to the tower and also the spiral staircase both up and down to the top of the tower. The views of York are worth the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 197derekm
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not for the faint hearted. Quite a few steps to get in the entrance and then once inside you walk are a few more to see the view. If you are into architecture then you can see the crumbling of the rock/stone and be part...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 22Joanne
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you have spare time whilst visiting York it would be worth visiting the Cliffords tower! Just be aware it was £6 per adult to get in and there isn’t much information about the place or much to look at once in! It looks more...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank timwildbore
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A nice activity to pass the time, but the stairs to get up there would be a challenge for people with mobility problems. If you have a York pass or you have a English Heritage membership it's free but if not it's very expensive for...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Richard J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Such an interesting place, with amazing far reaching views across York. Going to revisit with the children as they will enjoy climbing the winding staircase and learning about it’s past. A poignant place. Would be great if the information board in the middle could be...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very fun to visit King John's unusually designed fortress of the north and walk along the top of the castle wall. Well worth the 15 minutes it takes to see it!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank A1041TKAlexS
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife & I visited here late November 2018. It is a very impressive building from the outside. We climbed the steps & paid the entrance fee of £5.40 per person. Inside there is not a lot to see really. We climbed up to the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank manxmanpaul
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The current stone building dates from the 13th Century and it has had several uses over the years. What you see is all there is apart from the wall walk which give views over York and a small EH shop. Access is by a steep...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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8 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.
6 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