One of York’s most recognisable landmarks, Clifford’s Tower is all that remains of York Castle. Now run by English Heritage, it’s hugely popular with visitors who want to get the best views of the city and learn more about its fascinating history.

The panoramic views from Clifford’s Tower are second only to those from the top of the Minster, with photo opportunities aplenty. It’s not idea for small children due to the numerous steps, but older children with a head for heights will enjoy it.

Good to know – This isn’t one to attempt if you’ve got a buggy or vertigo; there are steep steps to the entrance and more steps to get to the top. Due to the nature of the building, there are no facilities (cafe, loos etc). It’s nice and central though, so there are plenty of places nearby. It doesn’t take long to get around (half an hour or so), so perfect for children with a short attention span! You might want to combine it with a visit to the Castle Museum (a couple of minutes’ walk away and a brilliant place to go with children).


Tower Street, York, UK


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