Pontefract Castle

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Wakefield Council

Pontefract Castle, Castle Garth, Pontefract, WF8 1QH – Visit Now

Pontefract Castle is known as the Key to the North.
Located in the market town of Pontefract, from its construction in 1070 to its demise following the Civil Wars, this once-fearsome fortress dominated Yorkshire and beyond, bearing witness to some of England’s most momentous historical events.
Today, the castle is a place of family-friendly adventure, with wide open spaces to explore and play, and fascinating ruins to investigate. As of spring 2019, the completion of a £3.5 million HLF project will open up parts of the castle not seen for centuries. To celebrate, the castle is hosting an exciting range of events and activities throughout the year, showcasing the fortress’ rich and diverse history.
There’s so much for families to do including innovative activity sheets and interpretation boards. Be brave and take a tour of our deep, dark dungeon! Or relax on our lush lawns with a picnic.

  • Castle Garth
  • Pontefract
  • WF8 1QH
  • View map

Opening Hours

  • Mon: 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Tue: 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Wed: 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Thu: 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Fri: 8:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sat: 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Sun: 9:30am – 5:00pm
  • Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit

Things to do at Pontefract Castle

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Activity 7 December 2019, 10:00 am–3:30 pm, from £56

Copper Foiled Stained Glass Workshop

Families 1 May 2019–5 February 2020, FREE

Castle Crafts at Pontefract Castle