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. Let your students experience what life was like in medieval York.
Please note: Clifford's Tower is currently closed whilst we undertake vital conservation works to protect the tower and make improvements for visitors. The tower will re-open to visitors on 2 April 2022 - keep an eye on our website and social media for updates on the project.
Support your teaching in the classroom by stepping out of it. A visit to Clifford's Tower will help you bring learning to life, covering multiple topics across the curriculum and key stages.
- KS1-3 History: Local History Study
- KS1 History: Significant historical events, people and places
- KS2 History: Extending chronological knowledge beyond 1066
- KS3 History: The development of church, state and society in medieval Britain 1066-1509
Free self-led visits
Book a free self-led visit and lead your day in your own way. Let your students climb to the top of the tower and enjoy the panoramic views over the city of York from the wall walk. View the 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. We also offer free planning visits for group leaders once you have made a booking.Enquire now
Plan your visit
We have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. You can find all our site-specific information and tools below, and our Covid-19 risk assessments and measures we’ve got in place on our what to expect page.
Download our free resources to help you make the most out of your visit and create unique learning experiences before, during and after your trip. We also offer free planning visits for group leaders once you have made a booking. Visit our bookings page to start planning your trip!
0370 333 0606
If you’d like more information about a site or one of our workshops, get in touch using the online form on our bookings page to speak to your local Education Visits Officer. We look forward to seeing you soon.