Clifford's Tower, York

Welcome to Clifford's Tower

We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. To book your visit, click here.

Although things might be a little different when you visit, you’ll still be able to enjoy exploring the places where history really happened. And you’ll still be given a warm and safe welcome by our friendly – if socially distant – staff and volunteers.

Please click here for more information about the safety measures you can expect when visiting as well as our FAQs

  • Tower - The tower remains open as usual for you to enjoy
  • Shop - The shop remains open with limited number of people allowed at any given time.
  • Face coverings - Face coverings must be worn in Clifford's Tower's indoor shop and all other indoor spaces. We won't be able to give you a face covering so please come prepared so you don't miss out.
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Guidebook: Clifford's Tower

Price: £4

 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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