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Clifford's Tower, York: 55 reviews and 127 photos

  Clifford's Tower
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  • Clifford's Tower - York
      Clifford's Tower
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  • Clifford's Tower - York
      Clifford's Tower
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  • Clifford's Tower - York
      Clifford's Tower
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  • Clifford's Tower - York
      Clifford's Tower
    by Dabs
 

I wandered through the entire exhibit at Clifford's Tower, did I miss the section on Clifford? Just who the heck was he?

The tower is set up on the top of a hill, climb up the 55 stairs to get to the admission booth. After paying the L2.80 to get inside, take a look around at the exhibits inside, I especially liked the model of York back when Clifford's Tower was something besides a tourist attraction so you could see how it related to the security of the town.

Don't miss going to the top of the Tower for a look around (yep, more stairs!) from a different perspective than the Minster. The stairs were hidden behind a gift shop so be sure to find them.

Just in case you want a bit of history, the Tower was built between 1245-1260 as a stronghold on top of the mound that was constructed during the reign of William the Conqueror in 1068. The roof and floors were lost in a fire in 1684.

And if you're still wondering who Clifford was, I looked it up after I got home and it turns out it was named for Roger de Clifford, who was hanged there in 1322, executed by Edward II for treason. Clifford was hanged in chains from the walls of the tower has since been known as "Clifford's Tower". Seems sort of odd to honor someone accused of treason though, doesn't it?

Address: Tower Street
Directions: Opposite the Castle Museum
Phone: 01904 606940
Website: http://www.cliffordstower.com/index.htm

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 21, 2005
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