Clifford's Tower, York
Image of a family at the top of Clifford's Tower looking out over the city of York

50% off for York Residents

From Sat 10 Feb to Fri 22 March 2024, York residents can enjoy 50% off their ticket and tickets for family and friends after 2pm. Explore the largest surviving part of York Castle, enter the king's garderobe (toilet!) and experience panoramic views of York. Walk up tickets only and proof of residency must be provided upon entry (YO1, YO10, YO23, YO24, YO26, YO30, YO31, YO32 only). Click here for full terms and conditions.

Things to see and do

Car-free Travel Discount

Escape the traffic and travel to Clifford's Tower by train, bus or bicycle and be rewarded with 20% off your walk-up ticket. Show your bus or train ticket, or bike helmet, at the point of purchase to receive your discount. English Heritage are working with Good Journey to encourage sustainable travel to Clifford's Tower, click here to find out more and for help planning your route.

Conservation project

Clifford’s Tower reopened on 2 April following a major £5 million project to conserve and radically transform the interior of the 800-year-old landmark.

Where previously the tower was an empty shell, a free-standing timber structure within it has been installed, protecting the ruin and creating a new roof deck to provide magnificent views over York. On the tower’s lost first floor, dramatic aerial walkways open up hidden rooms for the first time since Clifford’s Tower was gutted by fire in 1684.

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What's On

Guidebook: Clifford's Tower

Price: £4.50

 Clifford's Tower Timeline

1068-9York's Castles

William the Conqueror builds two motte-and-bailey castles in York, one of them where Clifford's Tower now stands.

Find out more about the history of York's castles and Clifford's Tower

1069Royal Vengeance

Both castles are burnt by Danish invaders, supported by the people of York. William rebuilds the castles and as punishment lays waste to wide areas of northern England.

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