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Cliffords tower in York England. History and Pictures.

The site of Clifford's Tower was used by the Romans as a cemetery. The bronze and pottery evidence confirms Saxon and Viking occupation. Standing high on its mound, the 11th century Clifford`s Tower is the last remaining part of York Castle. In 1068 William the Conqueror built a mound and the round tower, of wood, to establish his control in the North.

The castle's most tragic event took place in 1190, when half of the city's Jewish population took refuge from persecution there. They and the then wooden tower were burned. Later, in the 13th century, it was rebuilt in stone by Henry III .

The tower, is known as "Clifford's Tower" because in 1322, Edward II had the rebel Lord Robert Clifford hanged in chains from the walls. It was the central keep of the castle. There were more buildings, surrounded by great walls and then a moat around the whole fortress.

Picture of late March when the Daffodils come up Cliffords tower is lit up with them

View Over York

Although little remains of the rest of the castle, it's worth the climb to the top of Clifford's Tower for the wonderful view over York. There are many opportunities here for splendid photo memories to be taken. Additionally there is the Castle Museum and the prison cell in which Dick Turpin spent his last days are in sight of the tower.

Picture of Cliffords tower York UK

Opening Times

  • 1 April - 30 September: 10am-6pm every day.
  • 1 Oct - 31 March 10am-5pm.
  • Closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan
Another view of Cliffords Tower City of York England

Other Useful Details

  • Entry Prices in GBP for this English Heritage Run Attraction
  • 3.50 adults
  • 3.00 students and concessions
  • 1.80 children under 15
  • Family ticket GBP 8.80 for 2 adults 3 children under 15
  • Tel 01904 646940
Picture of Cliffords Tower York England
Travelers Reviews of Cliffords Tower York

Five star rating imageSerena Jemett said: It is wonderful and the height is amazing. You can feel the wind trying to push you over. Also the model is fabulous!

Five star rating imagelewis said: i went there on a school trip well it was fantastic im defiantly going there AGAIN

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