Clifford's Tower, York

Things to see and do

Panoramic views of York’s skyline

Climb to the top of the tower to explore the spectacular new roof deck and take in the amazing 360° views over the heart of the ancient city. Handy information panels make it easy to trace the history of this part of York and spot some of its best-loved buildings, from York Minster to St Mary Bishophill Junior, the oldest surviving building in York. On a clear day you can see as far as the North York Moors.

New areas to explore

You can explore more of Clifford’s Tower than ever before thanks to new internal walkways and restored historic staircases. For the first time in centuries you can see the medieval garderobe, or toilet, built for King Henry III - the only one of its type known in England. Henry’s chapel is also open after our experts repaired its roof and carefully conserved its medieval stonework.

Be immersed in history

Take a seat on one of our new audio benches and listen to dramatic stories about the 1069 uprising against the Normans, the efforts to repair the tower during the reign of Richard III, and a destructive explosion that seriously damaged the castle and tower in the 17th century. As you make your way around the tower, you will be immersed in the sounds of the past. Be transported to a busy 14th-century kitchen, listen in on medieval gossip and hear the destruction of the Norman wooden keep.

Transcripts of the stories are available.