Clifford's Tower

The original tower was built after the Norman conquest of York in 1068 - a tumultuous history continued for centuries after.

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A fourteenth century street with overhanging eaves, some have traced the history back to the 1068 Domesday Book.
Parliament St
Enjoy a stroll down the quaint, shop-lined Parliament Street for a feel of the city of York from days gone by.
St Helen's Square
Named for St Helen's Church located in the square, the area has been a gathering place for locals for nearly three centuries.
York Guildhall
The guildhall began as a meeting house for guilds in the 15th century. It was bombed in a blitz during WWII and was reopened with a new stained glass window after the war.
River Ouse
The Ouse flows for 60 miles through the city of York and the town of Selby to join the River Aire. The name Ouse is of Celtic origin and is formed from the word 'USA' which means water.
York & Selby Magistrates Court
This building is listed under 'Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas' as amended for its special architectural & historic interest.

Related Tours

Private Walking Tour of York: Landmarks & Hidden Gems
The walled city of York was founded by the ancient Romans and is famed for the huge 13th-century Gothic cathedral, York Minster, The Multangular Tower and its ancient cobbled streets. On your private walking tour with a former York police officer, you will:

  • Walk along the ancient city walls with spectacular views of the York Minster.
  • See local curiosities, like  the oldest inhabited house in York
  • Visit of the historic Roman column and the Multangular Tower, which is over 2000 years old
  • Walk along The Shambles, York’s famed street - believed used as an inspiration in the Harry Potter films
  • Finish your tour with a drink along the river at an old engine house, where you can settle in for a cozy rest of your day.
With a history dating back to the ancient Romans, the walled city of York is home to a massive 13th-century Gothic cathedral. The city’s walls form an interesting walkway for both visitors and locals alike. Though the city is compact, each street and historic building is steeped in centuries and even millennia of history. Uncover the magic of York with your private local guide. Pop into The Grand Hotel, where you'll learn about the history of the railways stations in York  and the way trains revolutionized the country, while making York the epicentre of travel in the North East.  Marvel in the spectacular views of York Minster,  one of northern Europe’s largest cathedrals and an architectural masterpiece that emits a radiating glow over the city. 

Let history continue to unfold before you, as you pass the place where Guy Fawkes was born, now a pub with his namesake. Weaving through the city, you'll discover one of the world’s best-preserved medieval streets as mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. From skinny 14th century alleyways and overhanging timber buildings, venture to the wide sweeping boulevard of Parliament Street, popular with jugglers and street artists. St Helen's Square is dominated by the grandeur of the Mansion House, the Lord Mayor’s official residence. Similarly resplendent, Guildhall is located beyond the Mansion House, and is an imposing Grade I listed building situated on the river Ouse. The tour finishes at The Star Inn, an old engine house which sits on the edge of the Museum Gardens by the River Ouse. Now a lovely restaurant, and your guide's favourite place to eat, it's a real taste of Yorkshire. 
On the Beat Private Walking Tour in York: Murders, Crime, and Mystery
The walled city of York was founded by the ancient Romans and is famous for its 13th-century Gothic cathedral, York Minster. Your private guide on this unique tour is a local Yorkshireman and former former York police officer. Learn what it's like to be 'on the beat' in York whilst visiting York Minster, Clifford's Tower and other must-see landmarks. 

  • Start the tour with an overview of York's chilling criminal history. 
  • Visit Clifford's Tower built by William the Conqueror 
  • Hear tales of The Highway Man at Dick Turpin's grave 
  • Wander down the oldest street in York 
  • Visit one of England’s most famous tea rooms 
  • Learn the city’s dark history at St Georges Field, the site of executions in the 1800s 
Your private tour starts opposite Clifford's Tower outside Castle Museum, where the former officer-guide will give you insight into York’s lengthy criminal history, up until the present day. Hear tales of the serial killer known as the Yorkshire Ripper, the unusual dealings at the York Magistrates Court and the old police station where police officers first started working from in 1892. 

Hear about the stories of dark dealings along the River Ouse, as you make your way to Dick Turpin’s grave site. Wander down The Shambles, one of the city’s 14th century streets, which lent its likeness to several of the Harry Potter films, including where Harry and his friends hid from the Death eaters. Your guide will tell you of the abounding mysteries in the city’s sites which have stood for more than 2000 years, one of the world’s oldest police forces and of the city’s oldest inhabited house.  Your private tour finishes at Guy Fawkes Inn in High Petergate, a traditional Yorkshire pub which overlooks York Minster.


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