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Cliffords Tower, York
Clifford's Tower (York)
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Clifford's Tower (York)
Advantages: A nice...tower...in York...
Disadvantages: Expensive entry
Cliffords Tower is one of the premium tourist attractions in York. It was first built in the 11th century, although the tower which remains probably dates from the 14th century. It has a very long history, probably most infamously as the site of a mass suicide in 1190 by a group of Jewish people who were hiding from a mob. The ones who surrendered were killed.
These days, it's a far more tranquil place and is located relatively close to the centre of York. It is next to the Castle Museum, which is where Dick Turpin was imprisoned before his trial. There is also a big pay and display car park here, which is handy if you are visiting either attraction.
Cliffords Tower provides a pretty nice vantage point over the city, and is especially nice in the spring when the daffodils are in bloom. These days, only the walls of the Tower remain and it is open to the elements.
The Tower is open seven days a week and costs £3.50 for an adult, or £1.80 for a child. The site is managed by English Heritage, so you would get in free if you have membership with them. Whilst you're there, Castle Museum is worth a look, and is free for people who have York Cards.
In the summer, the hill is quite popular with drunk people who like rolling down it. I have known people who have been told off by the police for doing this, so beware!
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