English Heritage Heritage Historic Building

Clifford’s Tower

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The past comes alive in York at Clifford's Tower

During King Henry III's reign in the 1250s, the impressive stone tower we know today as Clifford's Tower was constructed. Located in York, this historic site has played a significant role in England's history. English Heritage has recently invested in a major project to tell the intriguing story of Clifford's Tower.

For many centuries, Clifford's Tower served as a treasury, exchequer, mint, gaol and seat of royal power. In the 1640s, during the Civil War, the tower was held by the royalists while the city was under siege. However, in 1684, the tower was ravaged by a destructive fire, which reduced it to a shell.

The iconic English Heritage attraction has been brought to life on this day out in York

Most of the castle buildings were dismantled in the 18th and 19th centuries to make way for a new prison and court, leaving Clifford's Tower as the primary surviving remnant of the York Castle. Visitors can now explore this iconic tower and learn about its fascinating history through various exhibitions and displays, which include the tower's use as a royal treasury, the gaol where infamous prisoners were held, and its importance during the Civil War.

Clifford's Tower is a significant heritage site that offers a unique insight into England's past. It is a must-visit destination for history buffs, architecture enthusiasts, and families looking for an educational and enriching experience.

Book your tickets to Clifford's Tower in York today

Tower St,
York,
GB
YO19SA
  • Guidebooks are available from the Piaggio at the base of the tower

  • There are no toilets on site

  • An audio description tour is available for blind and partially sighted and is available from the Piaggio at the base of the tower
  • This particular attraction requires you to¬†exchange your PRINTED voucher at the ticket office on the date of travel.¬†Please click the link to open your Golden Tours Clifford's Tower and print before arriving at the attraction

  • Guidebooks are available from the Piaggio at the base of the tower

  • There are no toilets on site
  • Dogs are not allowed, but assistance dogs are welcome

  • An audio description tour is available for blind and partially sighted and is available from the Piaggio at the base of the tower

  • Pushchairs are allowed, but be wary of steep steps

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