As iconic structures go, Clifford’s Tower is near the top of the list for the city of York.
Its commanding position overlooking the city, the river and the York Castle Museum looks like it could well handle itself in an invasion tomorrow, let alone hundreds of years past.
Built on a man-made mound, the tower is the principal remaining part of York Castle, for which it served as a keep.
It is now lovingly cared for by English Heritage and while small, it is a perfectly formed visitor attraction which gives you a vantage point across the city.
The stone building that visitors see today was constructed in the 1250s. Originally the structure had a roof, but this was blown off in an explosion during the English Civil War, and the ruin has remained open to the elements since then.
Inside, it’s tall and tight, but after heading up the claustrophobic stone steps, visitors can walk around the top of the wall and the views are easily some of the best in York.
After the exploring and photographs are done, a good tip is to head across to either the York Castle Museum just a minute away or head a on a river cruise with York Boat, where you can see the city from the water.
Also worth checking out is the scale model showing how the site once looked and the tower’s very own gift shop.
There’s so much more to do in York, you could easily entertain yourself for a week and still have only scratched the surface but perhaps one of the best recommendations now the sun has returned is to head down to the waterfront.
Price: Adults £4.20, children £2.50, English Heritage members free
Opening Times: Daily 10am–4pm
Address: Tower Street, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 9SA
Car Parking: Paid-for Castle car park
Attraction Website: www.english-heritage.org.uk/cliffords
Telephone: 01904 646940
Sat Nav: YO1 9SA
For more information and deals on great days out visit: www.yorkshire.com