Clifford's Tower

Tower Street York YO1 9SA

Perched on a steep hill, Clifford’s Tower is all that remains of York’s castle. The tower has had a rather infamous history, with the bloodiest episode unfolding in 1190 when a mob of York’s citizens rioted against the Jewish population. The Jews tried to escape the persecution by taking refuge in the tower but many of them committed suicide there, and the rest died when the building was set on fire. In 1322, Roger de Clifford was accused of treason by Edward II, and was hanged from the building – giving the tower its name. What you see now dates mostly from the 13th century, and gives great views over the city.

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