Yet, with the Covid lockdown putting a stop to this particular pilgrimage at present, it is perhaps serendipitous that elaborate work is now under way to improve access to this landmark and vantage point.
The renovation plans are also testament to the importance of planners and conservationists working together to preserve medieval monuments like this while, at the same time, making York’s history more accessible to contemporary visitors.
And the care being applied to Clifford’s Tower, after English Heritage’s more elaborate redesign plans were vetoed, also vindicates last week’s decision by City of York Council to block plans for a new Roman Quarter – this rich history is such a tower of strength to the modern tourism economy that it must not be left to chance.
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