One mile to the west of Clifford’s Tower is York, the nearest train station to the site. The 15-minute walk to York station provides trains running the length and breadth of the country, with services to and from Newcastle, Southampton, Liverpool, Penzance, Manchester and Edinburgh. A number of regular bus services leave from the station and go directly to the site, and a shuttle bus from the station, the 197, calls at all York’s main tourist attractions.
|Saturday||05:45 - 21:00|
|Sunday||07:30 - 21:30|
|Weekdays||05:30 - 21:00|
|Staffing level||Full time|
Located on concourse
|Bureau de Change||Unavailable|
|Tourist Information Office||Unavailable|
|Customer Service notes|
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|Customer help points||Available|
|Weekdays||Open 24 hours|
|Saturday||Open 24 hours|
|Sunday||Open 24 hours|
|Carpark name||Station Car Park Station Short Stay Car Park|
|Carpark operator||Virgin Trains East Coast Virgin Trains East Coast|
|Car parking spaces||634|
|Cycle storage spaces||626|
|Sheltered cycle storage||Available|
|Cycle storage CCTV||Available|
|Cycle storage notes|
Within station, within car park, andÿnext to the ticket office
|Cycle storage notes||<p>80 secure stands.</p>|
|Step-free access||Whole station|
|Step-free access notes|
Lifts and level access to all platforms. Lift available from station concourse (platform 3) to platforms 5 -11. Customer assistance available 'Call for Aid' button by taxi rank at front of station. No level access to National Rail Museum via platforms 10/11, exit at front of station and around Station Hotel.
|Ramps for train access||Available|
|Accessible ticket machines||Available|
|Accessible Booking Office counter||Available|
|Accessible taxis notes|
No advance booking is required but it will reduce the waiting time for a wheelchair access Taxi
First off, take a tour of the tower – scale the ancient steps of the mound and take a self-guided walk around the ground floor, the former home of the royal exchequer and treasury.
Not only was the tower the centre of government for the north of England, it also had a who’s-who of names associated with it through the years. The original timber castle was built by William the Conqueror, then was rebuilt just after the 1190 mass suicide and massacre, one of the more shocking moments of English history.
The castle housed some particularly famous prisoners over the years, including Quakers founder George Fox, and legendary highwayman Dick Turpin – all of whom have left their mark on this ancient ruin. To learn more about the castle’s long and prestigious history, head to the old castle prison, which is now the castle museum.
End your visit with a wall-top walk. Climb to the very top of the tower and make your way around its edge, taking in the stunning panoramic views of York. Turn the other way and check out the sprawling layout of the castle itself, the perfect vantage point for getting an understanding of how this castle once operated when full of life.