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  • Address: Tower St
  • Hours: Nov 4 2013 - Mar 31 2014: Daily 10am-4pm
  • Admission: Adult: £4.20; Child: £2.50; Concession: £3.80

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Clifford's Tower

The last vestige of York Castle, Clifford's Tower is now one of the city’s most iconic landmarks, perched on a grassy mound overlooking the River Ouse. Although the castle was originally built by William the Conqueror in 1069, the present-day tower was erected between 1245 and 1265 by Henry III when the fortress was rebuilt in stone and has served numerous purposes throughout its long history. Used over the years as a royal mint, a prison and an execution ground, the tower takes its name from Roger de Clifford, who was executed for treason by Edward II and hanged in chains from the tower walls.

Today, climbing the 55 steps to the top of the mound is a popular pastime among visitors to the city and walking along the tower ramparts affords expansive panoramic views over York.

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The York Pass

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 32 Reviews

Location: York, United Kingdom
Duration: 1, 2 or 3 days

From USD $53.08

York Ghost Tour by Vintage Bus

Location: York, United Kingdom
Duration: 60 minutes

From USD $22.12

City Sightseeing York Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 34 Reviews

Location: York, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 day

From USD $17.69

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