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Clifford's Tower Tours

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.
Address: Tower St, York, North Yorkshire YO1 9SA, England
Hours: Nov 4 2013 - Mar 31 2014: Daily 10am-4pm
Admission: Adult: £4.20; Child: £2.50; Concession: £3.80
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20 Tours and Activities to Experience Clifford's Tower

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Ghost Bus Tour of York

Ghost Bus Tour of York

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Delve into the dark recesses of York’s history on this evening ghost bus tour. With your spooky local guide, visit notorious local haunts of restless spirits, and pass eerie sites such as York Minster, Clifford’s Tower, and the grave of Dick Turpin, infamous highwayman and murderer. Throughout the tour, hear anecdotes and fascinating facts about York’s grisly past, and make key stops for a closer look at the city’s most haunted buildings. 
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$24.47
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$24.47
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City Sightseeing York Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing York Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Journey back in time on a hop-on hop-off bus tour of York, England’s quintessential medieval town. Your flexible 24-hour ticket enables you build a custom itinerary of York’s main attractions such as The Stonebow, Clifford’s Tower, Museum Gardens and more. With unobstructed views from the open-top viewing deck and 20 possible stops around town, you have the best of the city at your fingertips.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$21.75
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$21.75
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The Bloody Tour of York - Tourism Award Winner 2020

The Bloody Tour of York - Tourism Award Winner 2020

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Skip the standard group tours and enjoy an alternative history of York during this award-winning, immersive guided tour of the city. Pass by top attractions—such as the Shambles and Jorvik Viking Centre—as you listen to your guide tell tales of witches, queens, and murderers that you wouldn’t hear on most other tours.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$16.32
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$16.32
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Private Ghost Tour of York

Private Ghost Tour of York

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Designed for travelers with a historical interest in the supernatural, this private 2-hour ghost tour of York — one of the most haunted cities in the world — allows you to customize your itinerary to suit you. Choose to visit sites with countless reports of ghost sightings, including York Minster, The Shambles, and The York Dungeon, and listen to frightening tales rooted in York’s 2,000-year-old history. The start time and location of your tour is up to you.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$74.78
Price varies by group size
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$74.78
Price varies by group size
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York Walls Private Walking Tour

York Walls Private Walking Tour

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Uncover the medieval marvels of historic York on a bespoke walking tour with a private guide. Learn about York’s rich history as you walk around the centuries-old walls, pose for photos with a backdrop of the city or visit the wall museums (not included). Your private tour is yours to customize as you please, so you could also pay a visit to York Castle, stroll down the atmospheric The Shambles or take a peek inside the magnificent York Minster.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$74.78
Price varies by group size
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$74.78
Price varies by group size

Dark Ghost Walking Tour in York

Dark Ghost Walking Tour in York

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The Deathly Dark Tour is a family friendly experience, perfect for those who have a bit of a wicked streak and are looking to explore the darker side of the city with tour guide famous for his wonderfully dark sense of humour.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$10.88
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$10.88
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York Carriage Awaits - Socially Distanced Tours of York

York Carriage Awaits - Socially Distanced Tours of York

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See York in a different way—via an environmentally-friendly pedicab. With a local guide, explore the highlights of the city including Minster Yard, King's Manor, Exhibition Square, Bootham Bar, and more. Choose from two lengths of tours, depending on how much time you have and how much you’d like to see.
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  • 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$69.74
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$69.74
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York Pass

York Pass

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Ideal for travelers looking for the flexibility to determine their own itinerary, the York Pass provides access to a number of the region’s top attractions, including The Deep, Beningbrough Hall, and more. Don’t worry about buying individual admission tickets; instead, use the convenient and hassle-free York Pass to save time on the day, allowing you more time to enjoy the sights.
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  • 1 to 2 days
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$65.26
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$65.26
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Romans, Vikings and Medieval Marvels: A Self-Guided Audio Tour in York

Romans, Vikings and Medieval Marvels: A Self-Guided Audio Tour in York

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Explore an extraordinary 2,000 years of history on this walk through the City of York. You'll experience Roman, Viking and medieval York, see all the sights of the City, including some of the great buildings of the world - and some less expected ones. As you walk you'll learn the history of this great City, and the central role it played in the history of England. From its humble beginnings as a riverside Roman settlement, to its turbulent takeover by the Vikings, and on to its thriving medieval period. You’ll hear about kings and queens, and the lives of ordinary people and hear stories of invasions, executions, personal sacrifice, floods and even ghosts. So, if you’re visiting York, uncover some of the great figures and lesser known characters that have shaped this beautiful city by the River Ouse. The tour is ready whenever you are and the audio plays automatically at exactly the right time and place using your smartphone's GPS and the VoiceMap mobile app, which also works offline.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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$5.99
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$5.99

Instagrammable York History Experience

Instagrammable York History Experience

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The tour is brand new for 2019 but is already picking up amazing reviews. It is especially aimed at those who are looking to have an enjoyable, entertaining walking tour combined with a focus on capturing the magic of the beautiful city of York for your memories & social media posts. The tour lasts 3 hours and takes you off the beaten track into areas that visitors often miss. You will learn some history and experience some wonderful sights and you will make a connection with the city that will stay with you. I believe in creating intimate experiences & moments that stay with you. The maximum group size I normally work with is limited to 10 people. This ensures that everyone stays involved & engaged with the tour & you can ask as many questions as you like. It also means there is always someone to help you to create your images with tips on how to capture the perfect shot or to take shots of you against some stunning backdrops that will get plenty of reaction on social media.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.39
Price varies by group size
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$20.39
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York & Yorkshire in a Day Small-Group Tour

York & Yorkshire in a Day Small-Group Tour

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York and its surrounding countryside are home to natural attractions and ancient treasures dating back centuries, but organizing transportation to explore independently cuts into valuable sightseeing time. On this tour, follow your guide on a walking tour of York and delve into the Yorkshire countryside by air-conditioned vehicle. Discover sites of interest like Rievaulx Abbey and the North York Moors, and explore both city and countryside in a day.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$88.38
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$88.38

Private Walking Tour: York

Private Walking Tour: York

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Join for a discovery walking tour of York, which gives you a fantastic overview of this beautiful city. Understand the history of this great walled city (and walk on the walls), from Roman history, through the Vikings all the way to chocolate.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$251.54
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$251.54
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York Walking Tour (with NEW self distancing)

York Walking Tour (with NEW self distancing)

So, you arrive in a new town or city and want to know all about it. You have 3 choices available to you. 1. Go on a guided tour and see all those sights you read about before you came. 2. Walk around aimlessly hoping that the Gods of tourism will guide you. 3. Go to snikkit dot com and see what like minded locals want you to see about their home. Snikkit dot com will show you everything about a place. The main sites of interest. The history The people But also the small stories, the best pubs and bars, where the locals eat and much much more. This is your tour at your own pace and at your convenience. We have done all the homework for you and found and researched all the stories and facts you need for an enlightening self guided tour of York's history, facts and arts, we've even collected ghost stories and famous murders. Once logged in you are the boss, you decide what you want to see and when you want to see it.
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  • 3 to 6 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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York Walking Tour including York Minster

York Walking Tour including York Minster

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Delve into England’s colorful history and admire architecture dating back to the Middle Ages on this morning or afternoon York walking tour. Follow a guide through the streets of York and discover landmarks including Bedern Hall, Clifford’s Tower, Fairfax House, King’s Manor, the Multangular Tower, St. Mary’s Abbey, Stonegate, and St. William’s College. Hear how Emperor Constantine, Guy Fawkes, and Richard III shaped modern York, and learn of the English Reformation as you explore York Minster.
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  • 2 hours
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$27.00
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$27.00

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems™: Best of York PRIVATE Tour

Withlocals Highlights & Hidden Gems™: Best of York PRIVATE Tour

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Centuries-old buildings, traditions everywhere, and a lively atmosphere; York is a magical place! Join the local host of your choice on a tour that has it all. From a sight of the best highlights the city has to offer to the discovery of unique spots only the locals know about - this experience brings together the best of both worlds! Enjoy the city to the max and hear more about the origin of York as you see the city’s main landmarks.This private tour will show you the city through the eyes of your local host.Each one of them has carefully created a unique itinerary based on their interests and passions.And while the landmarks might be the same, the stories, points of view and hidden gems will vary according to the host of your choice. Follow your host to one of their favorite spots and enjoy a tasting selected by them, for you.This is the perfect time to ask your host more about their life in their city and to get recommendations about the top things the locals like to do in York.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$66.73
Price varies by group size
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$66.73
Price varies by group size
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Private Viking Walk of York

Private Viking Walk of York

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Learn about York's history and legends on a 2-hour Viking walking tour with a private guide, Sigwulf. You'll walk through town to see historical landmarks and listen to stories from the Viking days. Departure time is flexible to suit your preferences.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$74.78
Price varies by group size
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$74.78
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Private York Christmas Walking Tour

Private York Christmas Walking Tour

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During the festive season, the historic city of York is undoubtedly at its most magical. Enhance your expereince of York at Christmas time on a private 2-hour walking tour, ideal for families and first-time visitors. Alongside your personal guide, you’ll visit top York attractions such as York Minster and The Shambles, and learn about the city’s 2,000-year-old history. Being a private tour, the itinerary and start time can be customized according to your interests.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$74.78
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$74.78
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York Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Bus Tour with 1 Extra Day FREE

York Hop-on Hop-off Open Top Bus Tour with 1 Extra Day FREE

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Reconnect with your favourite York landmarks with this hop-on, hop-off open-top bus tour around the towns best loved sites, with a live guide. Sit back and relax as our experienced guide regales you with fascinating information about York Minster, Micklegate Bar, Clifford’s Tower and much more. You can hop-on and hop-off at any of the 20 stops. A great break from online learning for the kids, with a chance to have a more interactive experience. It’s been a very long time since we’ve been able to see the iconic monuments of this great city, so join us and revisit the best of York! We will be providing single-use masks and gloves on this tour, although customers are welcome to provide their own. The first tour of the day starts at 10:15am from Exhibition Square. *1 day extra free applies when booking a 1 and/or 2 day hop-on, hop-off York ticket, travelling before 28 Feb 2021 on days when the tour operates daily (1 extra day free- not applicable when the tour does not run every day).
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$20.39
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$20.39
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Guided Bike Tour in York

Guided Bike Tour in York

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With beautiful architecture and medieval history, York is widely considered among England’s must-see cities—but pounding the sidewalks on foot takes time and effort. On this tour, hop into the saddle and spin through the city streets by bicycle, and hit top attractions like York Minster with ease. Follow safe routes inside and outside the ancient city walls, with your guide bringing York’s colorful Roman and Viking history to life.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$34.32
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$34.32

Private Walking Tour: York City Highlights and York Minster

Private Walking Tour: York City Highlights and York Minster

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With rich Roman and Viking history, and beautiful architecture, York is widely considered among England’s must-see cities—but exploring independently means you may miss its hidden secrets. On this tour, follow your private guide through historic York and find out what makes the city special. Explore top attractions like Clifford's Tower, the Jorvik Viking Centre, the Roman walls, and St Mary’s Abbey, and enjoy sweeping views along the River Ouse.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$248.37
Price varies by group size
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$248.37
Price varies by group size
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Clifford's Tower hours of operation?
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Clifford's Tower hours of operation: Nov 4 2013 - Mar 31 2014: Daily 10am-4pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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