Cliffords TowerCurrently Open [Closes at 06:00 pm]
- Address: Tower St, York YO1 9RY, England, United Kingdom
- Timings: 10:00 am - 04:00 pm Details
- Phone: +440-1904646940
- Ticket Price: 4 GBP
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Family And Kids, Tower, Picnic Spot
Cliffords Tower - Review
The Clifford’s Tower was established as a symbol of power by William the Conqueror in 1068. However it soon became the site of bloody and gruesome affair. In 1190, hundreds of Jews were massacred and the place was burned to the ground.
It went through a cycle of rebirth and destruction till the 17th century and was also used as a debtor’s prison. Today, Clifford’s Tower stands atop a hill and offers panoramic views of the countryside.
- Check out the 3D model of the Norman Castle as it once stood
- Make a day of it! Visitors are welcome to use the premises for picnic.
- A host of events are held at the Tower premises. This includes an exhibition of medieval armoury, a play on Richard the Third etc.
- Very knowledgeable staff eager to answer your questions.
The Clifford Tower is a great place for photography!
Cliffords Tower Information
- Pets are not allowed on the Tower premises.
- Restrooms are not available on the Tower premises.
- Wheelchairs and pushchairs are allowed on the premises however beware of steep climbs.
- Not suitable for windy or rainy days.
Cliffords Tower Ticket Prices
- Discounts available for children aged 5-15.
- Concessions on ticket price are available for family groups.
- The attraction is covered by York Pass.
How To reach Cliffords Tower by Public Transport
- Bus: Clifford’s Tower – 42, 181
Restaurants Near Cliffords Tower
- The Olive Tree
- Tower’s Restaurant
- 31 Castlegate, Rustique
- The Go Down
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Things to Know Before Visiting Cliffords Tower
52.03% of people who visit York include Cliffords Tower in their plan
12 PM - 1 PM
78.57% of people start their Cliffords Tower visit around 12 PM - 1 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Cliffords Tower
88.1% of people prefer walking in order to reach Cliffords Tower
Cliffords Tower Trips
Cliffords Tower, York Reviews
First re-visit since 1974 and despite the addition of a rather up-market gift shop and some swords and similar to play with (in 1974 you just got the bare tower and a leaflet ) the powers that be have had the sense to leave it pretty much alone and I loved going back. Couldn't make it up to the top of the walls this time, but my son was there like a rat up a drainpipe and loved the views. I highly recommend it, but you can't get in at all if you can't climb the steep steps up to the entrance, so beware.
This is an imposing building from the outside and definitely worth a look, but there's not much going on inside. The stairs are a fitness test and the views from the top are rather lovely. I think they should work on improving telling the story of the tower once you've paid to be inside. Otherwise it's paying just for the view!
Charming little castle. My son (2) really wanted to go inside. As an English Heritage member, entry was free, so we went in to look around. The castle is very small, so we weren't inside for long, but it was nice seeing a piece of history. You can climb up some stairs to walk along the top of the outer wall, with great views across York, and down again. There's a small room half way up one of the staircases for you to look around in, which is interesting (very small and not much inside, but I like this kind of thing). Just be aware you need to walk up 30-40 steps to get to the castle as it is sited on top of a steep mound.
Up the long staircase to enter an ancient tower. It used to be 2 floors inside but the dividing floor and roof are long gone. You do get to climb to the walk around the upper battlements. Panels on the ground floor show you what it once looked like. The whole adventure takes about 20 min but it is very interesting and you get great views of the city. There is a gift shop, but the shop in the castle nest door is far larger.
Brilliant compact place to get some decent views all around York. It's not the highest building but the area around is clear enough to see all around without issue. Be careful going up and down the stairs as they are quite steep! Very cheap to get in so well worth it!