Clifford's Tower - English Heritage

View of Clifford's Tower surrounded by daffodils
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With sweeping views of York and the surrounding countryside, it isn't hard to see why Clifford's Tower played such a crucial role in the control of northern England. The tower has a turbulent history, surviving 1,000 years of flood, fire and siege. Its origins were violent: William the Conqueror built the castle for his northern campaign of terror in 1069. At various points in its history, Clifford's Tower became a royal mint, functioned as a prison, gruesomely displayed the bodies of leaders of uprisings, and was even a court.

Venue Type:

Heritage site, Castle or defences

Opening hours

1 April - 30 September 2014
Monday 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

1 October - 2 November 2014
Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

3 November 2014 - 29 March 2015
Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Christmas Eve
24 Dec 2014 Closed
Christmas Day
25 Dec 2014 Closed
Boxing Day
26 Dec 2014 Closed
New Year’s Eve
31 Dec 2014 10:00 - 16:00
New Year's Day
1 Jan 2015 Closed

Admission charges

Adult £4.30
Child (5-15 years) £2.60
Concession £3.90
Family (2 adults, 3 children) £11.20


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Defence, Defiance and Duty Discovery Visit

A full-day cross-curricular session developed in partnership between English Heritage and York Museums Trust. Travel back to the city of York in 1322. The rebellion by the Northern Barons has failed and King Edward II's poor leadership and high taxes are causing unrest at all social levels. Investigate life within the Castle walls and sample the sights, smells and tastes of medieval life including original objects from the period. Will you remain loyal to your King or risk it all with the rebels? Students are challenged to choose, having explored both Clifford's Tower and the York Castle Museum.
Duration: Full day
Key Stage 3, History, Geography, Citizenship, RE

How to obtain

Call 01904 601917 to book this full day session. Price £5 per student for a group of up to 90 pupils. Visit for more information.

Clifford's Tower Teacher's Kit (English Heritage)

A downloadable photocopiable teaching resource sheet for use in the classroom. The teacher's kit is essential for pre-, during and post-site visit work and includes: site history, site plans & tour, documentary sources, activities, photos & reconstruction artwork, details of how to visit and supporting resources information.


  • English Heritage Education

How to obtain

Can be downloaded from the link given.

Clifford's Tower - English Heritage
Tower Street
North Yorkshire



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01904 646940

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