The stunning panoramic views over Old York from the top of Clifford's Tower, make it the ideal starting point for any visit to the city.

There's plenty to discover at this imposing tower standing proud on its high mound. It is almost all that remains of York Castle built by William the Conqueror, and has served as a prison and a royal mint in its time.

Clifford’s Tower is one of the best-loved landmarks in York. It is the largest remaining part of York Castle, once the centre of government for the north of England. The 11th-century timber tower on top of the earth mound was burned down in 1190, after York’s Jewish community, some 150 strong, was besieged here by a mob and committed mass suicide. The present 13th-century stone tower was probably used as a treasury and later as a prison.

How to get here

Nearest train station: York

Distance from train station: 0.8 miles, 16 min walk

Contact

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Tel: 01904 646940

Opening times

1 April- 30 September: 10am- 6pm

Disabled access

No

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