The Clifford Tower, first built by William the Conqueror, was a wooden fort, part of York Castle, and stood on the hills at the junction of the Us and Fos Rivers in the southeast of the Old Town. At that time, there was a moat around the tower and York castle, and the tower was connected by a suspension bridge and the outer stone bridge.
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Clifford Tower, a reminiscent stone tower, is one of the few remaining remains of York Castle, above the hill. The Clifford Tower is a narrow spiral staircase leading to the top of the tower and offers panoramic views of York, along with a reduced model of the old York Castle. The Clifford Tower, with its unique beauty, attracts many visitors. The Clifford Tower is symmetrical in its four-leaf shape, and this castle building is unique in Britain. In 1190, a violent riot occurred in Clifford Tower, where some Christian businessmen tried to destroy the Jewish community in defiance of their debts to Jewish bankers, and 150 surviving Jews fled to the original site of Clifford Tower and were forced to commit suicide.
The Clifford Tower in the sunset stands on a small hill. Although it is an old fortress with broken walls, it is full of vitality due to the lush lawn under the tower. The children were laughing and running on the lawn.
This tower is located not far from Shambles and it gives you a panoramic view of the city of York. However there is an entrance fee when you want to enter the ruins and also the opening hours differ during the season and with ongoing preservation of the tower so make sure to check the official website before going.
Clifford’s Tower is located on a small hill. The weather happened to be bad when we went. We didn’t look up at the beginning. Looking at the tower under the hill still felt very ordinary, but when we went in later, I found that this tower is really big and beautiful, and it's worth coming.