Clifford’s Tower

Finally, after almost all of November on my own, I have my husband back and I’m very happy about that. I have a lot of respect for single parents and for parents where one of the couple spends much of their time travelling. I will only be on my own for about a week this month. Thank goodness for that.

We finally got around to visiting Clifford’s Tower over the weekend, the ruinous Norman keep of York castle. There was once a wooden structure on the site which was built by William the Conqueror in 1068. This was twice burnt to the ground and eventually replaced by the stone structure currently resting on top of the hill which is all man-made. It was built in the 13th century by Henry III as a defence against the Scots.

We all loved it. The views from the top over all of York are magnificent and are worth the visit just on their own. But the design of the Tower is also very interesting with its four circular lobes in the central courtyard, a very well-preserved chapel and the narrow, spiral staircases leading up to the very top of the Keep.

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IMG_4051 IMG_4052I noticed quite a few complaints on TripAdvisor about the entry fee for Clifford’s Tower but I thought it was well worth it at ยฃ4.20 per adult. How often do you get to step inside a Mediaeval castle where Kings and Queens of times past have slept?