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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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Tower Street, York YO1 9SA, England
+44 1904 646940
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Reviewed yesterday

Clifford's tower is a very picturesque and historical landmark in York, right by the York Castle Museum. Some great photos can be taken from outside, especially around sunrise or sunset. When it comes to going inside, I wouldn't say its worth the price as there...More

Thank Jonathan W
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is reputed to be a scary place where people used to be executed in a gruesome fashion. Nonetheless, it is a unique site to see especially for history lovers, and there are loads of shops in its vicinity which makes it great to rest...More

Thank canyouplay0
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Hello everybody. I'm Aniela. I'm 7 and travel a lot with my daddy and grandma. So I thought I'd start writing reviews of the places I've been. Lots of steps but worth it. We went to the highest bit and walked round seeing all of...More

Thank anielalovesunicorns
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Our children were desperate to go inside but seriously it wasn't worth the £15 family entry ticket. We explored inside in great depth but there's not enough to entertain for much more than 30 minutes tops!

Thank paula g
Reviewed 2 days ago

I visited Clifford's Tower in February 2108 as part of my 2 day tour in York. After walking up the steps to go inside the Tower I was a little bit disappointed as there is not much to see inside unless you go to the...More

Thank Gareth L
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

As I thought £5 admission fee were too expensive, this review refers to the view only which is nice though not breathtaking. Getting to the top takes a bit more than 50 steps. It's close to the city center, so when in York you don't...More

Thank GirlOnTheMove Z
Reviewed 3 days ago

This was the first attraction we visited in York City during our 3 day stay but could not believe we were charged £5 each to walk around what is basically a ruined round tower, with an overpriced souvenir shop inside. It does have a parapet...More

Thank Richard C
Reviewed 3 days ago

I'm so glad I had a York pass, the £5 entrance fee would have been way too much to pay for what's inside. On the outside it's very impressive, sat on it's hill, but once you get inside, it's a tad bit disappointing. You enter,...More

Thank Mark F
Reviewed 3 days ago

Climbed the stairs and saw some great views of York City walls and the River Ouse well worth climbing the stairs

Thank jamesrP8690QM
Reviewed 4 days ago

13 pounds for a family ticket is quite expensive for an attraction which takes approx 30-45 mins to visit. Steep walk up to the entrance but once inside the views across york from the top of the tower are impressive particularly across to York Minster....More

Thank LiverpoolDes
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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