Follow in the footsteps of William the Conqueror who ordered the building of this mighty fortress mound in 1068. Clifford's Tower was a symbol of his power and today is a lasting remnant of the medieval castle. Come and experience what life was like in medieval York.
- KS1-3: Local History Study
- KS1: Children will learn why a castle was built at York, its local significance and how it links with significant national events and individuals.
- KS2: Pupils will learn about a significant local site and how it changed from 1066 onward.
- KS3: The development of church, state and society in medieval Britain 1066-1509
- The site of Clifford's Tower was a hugely important site throughout the Norman and Plantagenet periods.
free school visits
We offer free entry to qualifying learning groups. Book a free education visit and lead your own visit in your own way with the aid of our free Organisers’ Pack, sent by email once you have made a booking. We also have plenty of online resources available to download.
Facilities for Learning Groups
- The Big Book of Castles for groups to discover what life was like in a castle, and an information booklet. Please let us know if you would like a copy.
- Handling Collection containing replica objects for up to 15 students to use in the Chapel, allowing students to gain an understanding about feasting in medieval times.
- Model of the motte and bailey castle, demonstrating what the area around the keep would have looked like after it was rebuilt in stone between the 13th and 16th centuries.
- A free site visit to help you plan your school trip
- 20% discount on the official EH site guidebook.
- School Goodie Bags Available - Please ring site for details.
- Facilities including Parking and Shop available