Already we have detailed shopping in York, especially in the area known as the Shambles, and a visit to the National Railway Museum, NRM, but what about organised walks?
York is a relatively safe and trouble free city. It is not massive. Bear in mind though that some of the cobbled streets are hard on the feet. You should feel safe and comfortable wandering York's old and its modern streets .Organised walks though enable you to get to your destination, gain valuable information and walk about in the added safety of a small group.
Ghost Walks can be fun. There are many such walks tramping around the old town each night. The cost varies as does the route and starting place. Most of reductions for concessions.
Clifford Tower, or The Jews Tower, is a well known landmark in the City of York, and the itinerary of some ghost walks include this place. However there is a Jewish History Trail which includes Clifford's Tower as well as other places associated with the past Jewish community.
Clifford's Tower is actually the Keep of what was York Castle. On March 16, 1190, 150 Jews were under siege in the Tower. In an act of collective suicide the Jews set fire to the Tower. The full history of this event and the tower can be read at Wikipedia Here.
The York Jewish trail takes in a Norman house, a Jewish cemetery, synagogue, Jubbergate, a medieval synagogue and Clifford's Tower.Clifford's Tower is visited by many tourists each year. Some simply wander past on their way to the nearby Castle Museum. Others wander up the steps and take photos. It is worth a visit though. Closed during the off peak season apart from weekends it is due to reopen fully once again on Monday April 2, 2012, until September 30, 2012. Perfect for an Easter visit then.
During the April to September 2012 season Clifford Tower opens for Bank Holidays:Good Friday 6 Apr 201210:00 - 18:00
Easter Sunday 8 Apr 201210:00 - 18:00
Easter Monday 9 Apr 201210:00 - 18:00
Early May Bank Holiday 7 May 201210:00 - 18:00
Spring Bank Holiday 4 Jun 201210:00 - 18:00
Queen’s Jubilee 5 Jun 201210:00 - 18:00
Summer Bank Holiday 27 Aug 201210:00 - 18:00
Check the website for full details of the year's opening hours.