York Castle Museum
This excellent museum has displays of everyday life through the centuries, with reconstructed domestic interiors, a Victorian street and...
Jorvik Viking Centre
This smells-and-all reconstruction of a Viking settlement is a major and appealing attraction. It's currently shut due to flood damage,...
Hour-long cruises on the River Ouse, departing from King's Staith and, 10 minutes later, Lendal Bridge. Special lunch, dinner and...
Grand Opera House
Despite the name, there are no operas staged here; instead, there's a wide range of entertainment from live bands and popular musicals...
Local produce gets a Mediterranean makeover at this bright and breezy bistro. Classic pizza and pasta dishes are complemented by more...
Tower St · interesting places nearby
Clifford's Tower information
There's precious little left of York Castle except for this evocative stone tower, a highly unusual four-lobed design built into the castle's keep after the original one was destroyed in 1190 during anti-Jewish riots. An angry mob forced 150 Jews to be locked inside the tower and the hapless victims took their own lives rather than be killed. There's not much to see inside, but the views over the city are excellent.