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.

Station details & facilities

Ticket Office opening hours: For Advance Purchases, the opening hours are: Mon - Fri 08:00 till 19:45. Sat 08:00 till 18:45. Sun 09:00 till 18:45
DayOpening Hours
Saturday 05:45 - 21:00
Sunday 07:30 - 21:30
Weekdays05:30 - 21:00
Ticket MachineAvailable
Staff helpUnavailable
Staffing levelFull time
Oyster PrepayUnavailable
Oyster topupUnavailable
Oyster validatorUnavailable
Pre-purchase collectionAvailable
Left LuggageUnavailable
Station BuffetAvailable
ATM notes
Located on concourse
Bureau de ChangeUnavailable
Tourist Information OfficeUnavailable
Information Systems
  • Announcements
  • Arrival screens
  • Departure screens
Baby changeAvailable
WiFi notes
Web kioskUnavailable
Customer Service notes

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Customer help pointsAvailable
Carpark opening hours:
DayOpening Hours
WeekdaysOpen 24 hours
Saturday Open 24 hours
Sunday Open 24 hours
Carpark nameStation Car Park Station Short Stay Car Park
Carpark operatorVirgin Trains East Coast Virgin Trains East Coast
Car parking spaces634
Carpark charges
Three Monthly£600.00
Per Hour£2.00
Cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage spaces626
Sheltered cycle storageAvailable
Cycle storage CCTVAvailable
Cycle storage notes

Within station, within car park, andÿnext to the ticket office

Cycle storage notes<p>80 secure stands.</p>
Step-free accessWhole 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 accessAvailable
Induction LoopAvailable
Accessible ticket machinesAvailable
Accessible Booking Office counterAvailable
Accessible taxisunknown
Accessible taxis notes

No advance booking is required but it will reduce the waiting time for a wheelchair access Taxi

About Clifford's Tower

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, one of the most 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.

Departures and arrivals from York

Want to check the latest departures and arrivals into York station? Find live information for the next trains departing and arriving at the station below.
Departing toTrainTimePlatformStatus
to Manchester AirportTransPennine Express09:203On time
to NewcastleTransPennine Express09:2210On time
to Blackpool NorthNorthern09:237On time
to NewcastleCrossCountry09:3210On time
to London Kings CrossLondon North Eastern Railway09:335On time
Arriving fromTrainTimePlatformStatus
from Redcar CentralTransPennine Express09:173On time
from Pickering BusLondon North Eastern Railway09:22On time
from ScarboroughTransPennine Express09:254On time
from NewcastleLondon North Eastern Railway09:305On time
from London Kings CrossLondon North Eastern Railway09:306On time

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