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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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  • Very good42%
  • Average27%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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Tower Street, York YO1 9SA, England
+44 1904 646940
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Reviewed yesterday

This is not a site for people who cannot cope with steps. There are a lot of steps to reach the site and, if you are going to get the benefit of the views, there are more narrow, spiral stairs inside although there is a...More

Thank honeysrascal
Reviewed yesterday

The view is worth the price of admission. You can see most of the city from the top of the tower. The bonus is the history.

Thank D G
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

They say we get a good view of york. Neither there is a good view nor it is an attraction at all apart from a piece of history. 5£ for entry is a joke. I felt completely a waste of time and money

Thank Praveen M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We are visiting York for our honeymoon, this was one of the attractions we visited beautiful views from the top. If you are afraid of heights might not be the best idea but it's very safe. Had wonderful views from all around York can see...More

Thank Bethany A
Reviewed 2 days ago

Not a lot to see inside but the views of the city are simply amazing. Worth the climb up the steps! I know there is some debate about a new visitors centre - personally I think it is a good idea depending on the final...More

Thank georgeTyneandWear
Reviewed 3 days ago

Its worth walking up all those steps to get such a good view of the City. We enjoyed going up there despite the pouring rain and it was interesting to read about the Castle. Good value visit for some excellent views.

Thank 676Sarah676
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We were srsying with friends who took us on a guided tour of this amazing city. The Minster was a sight for sore eyes but i particularly enjoyed Cliffords Tower and would go as far a saying i could imagine the soldiers fiting arrows at...More

Thank carsmy
Reviewed 4 days ago

Well, the walk up the steps is well worth the effort. The views are fantastic and we loved it. We thought it was a little overpriced.

Thank SandyFord16
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Awesome views over Yorks inner walls & City from the top of Cliffords Tower. Great for all ages but bear in mind little children on the top of the castle walls. Theres a steep climb to the main castle doors so No disabled access

Thank Joseph O
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is a reasonably priced British Heritage Site which was good as the time it took to look around this monument was not very long at all. However the children enjoyed climbing the hill up to the town and then climbing to the top of...More

Thank Sharon L
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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.
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