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Clifford’s Tower

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  • 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. It might be useful for school projects, too.

    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).

  • Venue: Clifford’s Tower
    Food & Drink: None, but you’re a stone’s throw from all the restaurants and cafes that York city centre has to offer.
    Parking: At the Castle car park, underneath the tower. It’s not the cheapest place to park but ticks the box for convenience. It gets very busy so arrive early if you can.
    Opening Times: 10am to 4pm (winter), 10am to 6pm (spring/summer). Note that extensive works will be taking place from September 2016 until June 2017 so the Tower will be closed/severely restricted during that period.
    Contact: Visit the website
    Address: Tower St York, North Yorkshire YO1 9SA

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