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Clifford's Tower, York

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Observation Deck · Historic Site
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Take in panoramic views from the top of Clifford's Tower, the remains of York Castle built by William the Conqueror. View the model of how the castle used to look, and learn about how it once functioned as a prison, a royal mint, as well as the place where Henry VIII put the bodies of his enemies on public display. Keep in mind those with mobility impairment may have a difficult time reaching the top of the hill and climbing up stairs to reach the tower. By using our York tour itinerary builder app, you can arrange your visit to Clifford's Tower and other attractions in York.
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  • I think it's fair to say that I'd be disappointed if I'd paid an entry fee to get in, there's really not much to see, but as English Heritage members it was worth a look around. It's a shame really... 
    I think it's fair to say that I'd be disappointed if I'd paid an entry fee to get in, there's really not much to see, but as English Heritage members it was worth a look around. It's a shame really...  more »
  • English Heritage has just completed a project of bringing Clifford’s Tower to life for the next generation of visitors. They used local people to create voice work to recreate everyday life at the... 
    English Heritage has just completed a project of bringing Clifford’s Tower to life for the next generation of visitors. They used local people to create voice work to recreate everyday life at the...  more »
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  • 50 steps up (some more inside) and £10 (9 if you choose to not donate) per adult. You’re definitely paying for the view as there is some but not much to learn about the tower itself. The wooden deck structure was refurbished (?) in 2022 only and you get a good view of York. Went their during a weekday late morning, no queue and got our tickets at the entrance without any waiting time.
  • Great piece of history located in I’m central York. Be prepared to make a steep climb up some stairs outside and in. Worth a visit, has recently had some renovation work of fitting platforms and stairs so that the whole tower and magnificent views can be taken advantage of. There is an admission fee, I am unsure how much as I am an English Heritage member so entry was free. I do recommend booking tickets in advance although it isn’t necessary, just makes entry quicker and easier. If you are interested in history and York’s history then it is worth while having a look.

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