York Castle

Home to our Solicitors in York office is the famous York Castle situated on Tower St, York, YO1 9SA.

York Castle, also known as Clifford’s Tower, is a historic complex which comprises law courts, prisons, castles as well as other buildings.

History of York Castle

York Castle is an ideal starting point for any visitor to York; providing an amazing panoramic view from the top of the city. The views will not only take you to the York Minister but even as far as the North York Moore.

The medieval Norman Castle was initially build to strengthen the military grip in the North. It later became a jail and prison from 1684 and until 1929.

Take a self-guided tour of York Castle

Upon the steep steps of the ancient of this historic castle based on a hill is the first floor which was used private apartments and decorated chapel.

If you climb to the top of the tower, once occupied by tower guards, you look out and see how they would have seen and alarmed the presences of enemies.

A walk between the walls allow sight of Assize Courts and separate Debtors and Female prisons. Held within the prisons included famous Quakers as well as notorious highway man, Dick Turpin who was executed in York on 7th April 1739 after his true identify was revealed from an alias name ‘Palmer’ he was using.

What are the facilities at York Castle

There is an array of facilities being;


A large local council owned car park is located below the 55 step castle.

There are parking charges although you may want to explore cheaper car parks dotted around the city centre and within minutes of a nice walk to the Castle.


There are access to vending machine which provides for both hot and cold drinks as well as snacks and sweets.

Although a 10 minute walk out will take you to the famous Betty’s Tea room if you’d like somewhere to relax with a fresh cup of the finest Yorkshire tea.


if you intend to visit on a nice sunny day, there are some great spots for a picnic with outdoor seating available.


There is access to range of York Heritage gifts from wine, books to costumes, toys and stationary at the gift shop,


Snappy happy photographers are welcome although commercial, corporate or professional photographers require permission. If you own or have access to a high quality SLR, it was worth bringing it along with you to gain sight of the amazing views.

What are the downfalls of York Castle

Unfortunately there are no baby-changing rooms or toilet facilities although that said you’re within the city centre where access is easily available.

There are currently no audio tours available. Hopefully this will change in the future.

How to find York Castle

York Castle is situation within York City Centre is on Tower St, York, YO1 9SA. A map for driving directions can be found below:


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