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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.
  • Excellent24%
  • Very good41%
  • Average27%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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Tower Street, York YO1 9SA, England
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+44 1904 646940
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"worth the climb"
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"steep steps"
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"york castle"
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"english heritage members"
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"great views from the top"
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"spiral staircase"
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"interesting history"
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Reviewed yesterday

Expensive tickets, and actually when you climb up to the top of the walls the views are not that great to be honest. You get better views from the city walls.

Thank Advisor1967
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Whilst this tower offers great views of a beautiful city, some of the displays are worn and damaged. This is a great shame as it hampers learning about the site. Seeing as you pay circa £6 to enter you would hope some of this could...More

Thank df86
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A pleasant tower on a mound, nice views and not a demanding climb up the steps. The actual tower is an empty shell but this is an English heritage tower and worth a visit.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are looking for something quick to do and learn a little bit of history then this is the place to go, it will take about 30 minutes to go around and you will see some great views across York especially on a sunny...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent Christmas in York and loved it so we are back to see the things that were closed last time and get a second helping of the things, like this, that we found so enjoyable in the middle of winter. Very highly recommended.

Thank Jan W
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been here at least a few times. The fun part was climbing the stairs and view on the top. It was okay

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Good views of York from the top but pretty expensive at £5.40 (£6 with gift aid) and you only find out the price when you get to the entrance at the top. Only fill 10-20 minutes of your day at the most

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The steps upto the tower are not for the faint of heart, but once you get to the top the view is certainly worrh it. Its a fairly simple attraction, but the history speaks for itself. Glad that we visited.

Thank Deborah B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Clifford’s tower is well worth a visit. Looks impressive on outside. Have a look inside and walk the stairs to take you to the top with great views. Also small shop for gifts.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As Members of English Heritage we see each site when visiting somewhere and it proves far more economical than paying per visit. The steps to the entrance are steep with more steps onto the walls inside. The views over a York are the main highlight...More

Thank Nigel B
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milnealison6cows2018
8 July 2018|
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Response from Delaney W | Reviewed this property |
Yes, for around 4£ I believe.
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honeysrascal
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
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GlenandSusan W
22 November 2015|
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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
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