Pontefract Castle

Pontefract Castle
Castle Chain, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF8 1QH
  • Telephone 01977 723440
  • Opening times 1 Oct–31 Mar: castle grounds Mon–Fri: 8.30am–4.30pm; Sat & Sun 9.30am–4.30pm; visitor centre Wed–Sun 10am–4pm; closed Mon & Tue.
  • Seasonal times 1 Apr–30 Sep: castle grounds Mon–Fri 830am–5pm; Sat & Sun 9.30am–5pm; visitor centre Tue–Sun 10am–4pm; closed Mon.
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  • Website www.pontefractcastle.co.uk
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Pontefract Castle

From its construction in 1070 to its destruction after the Civil Wars, this once-fearsome fortress dominated Yorkshire and beyond, earning the nickname, "Key to the North". From battles and sieges, starvation and destruction to royal infidelity and the cultivation of liquorice, you'll be surprised at what these walls have seen!

Today, the castle is a place of family-friendly adventure, with wide open spaces to play and fascinating ruins to investigate. Discover the stories of the castle in the History of Pontefract Castle displays. Take a tour of the dungeons: see where prisoners scratched their names into the rock! Get crafty and creative in the Activity Zone.

Stand in the remains of the bread ovens, and imagine a time when the castle held lavish banquets for some of England’s most famous kings and queens. Don’t forget to pop into our visitor centre or gift shop where we offer a range of souvenirs gifts and ice-creams.

We have now completed our major conservation project to preserve the historic ruins of the castle for the future. The fencing is gone and the pathways are now open and we have an exciting new castle themed adventure playground for our younger visitors to explore.

Entrance to the castle is FREE, we look forward to seeing you soon!

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Clay Creations: Nature Word Plaques - Ages 6+

Create a clay plaque using natural materials and inscribe it with meaningful words that celebrate the beauty and wonder of nature!

Thu 28 Oct

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