Engraving showing Clifford's Tower in the 17th century with a bridge crossing moat and two people small in foreground

Clifford’s Tower: History and Stories

York’s iconic ancient monument is home to one thousand years of history. The raised earthwork was once the site of a timber keep built by William the Conqueror. It burnt down during the worst event in the site’s history: the Jewish massacre of 1190. 

Clifford’s Tower has looked over the city of York from 1245 until the present day. Once part of York Castle, the tower played a role in turbulent national events such as the Dissolution of the Monasteries and the English Civil War. Today the site is still giving up its secrets. 


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Clifford’s Tower Through Time

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