I have a friend who lives in the U.K. (Paul H.) He has been kind enough to dig up information, write a bit, and go through his photos of York and York Castle. My thanks go to him for his wonderful contribution! He has written about his trip to the city of York. You can read about it on my website right here: A trip to the city of York
York Castle for the most part is just a shell of what it used to be. But portions of it still exist and here are some pictures and information about it.
The most compelling thing about what remains of the castle is something called Clifford's Tower. It is a four lobed structure sitting atop a hill that in centuries gone by was the original Motte and Bailey.
There is also a wonderful museum on the grounds. You can check out the museum website here.
So, if you are to visit York Castle what you have is the remaining structure of Clifford's tower and the York castle museum.
Here on the grounds of York castle many purposes were served over the centuries including a Mint, a woman's prison and a garrison.
Here is a diorama on site of the castle. Wow, I reallly love this!
Going up some very steep winding stairs the first thing you encounter is a small medieval Chapel not much bigger in size than a living room but this also has plenty of information.
A point to note in English Castles - the winding staircase is designed in such a way that invaders cannot use their bladed weapons effectively, but the defender had a much more secure position - in other words, "he had the upper hand".
Here is a view of York Castle from Clifford's Tower. These are the grounds as they are today.
The Castle Museum
Here is an arrow slot from the inside of Clifford's Tower.
A placard at the castle:
A murder hole for dropping boiling oil on attackers.
Want to learn more about the city of York? I have an article with loads of pictures right here.