History & Heritage

There's so much to explore where will you start first?

Descend 140m underground into the dark depths to explore life as a miner at the National Coal Mining Museum for England and discover the hidden stories behind the people who lived and worked in an 18th century mansion at National Trust Nostell.

Learn about the history of our city and towns at Wakefield, Castleford and Pontefract Museums and have you ever wondered what a Civil War dungeon looked like? Walk down the steps and journey beneath Pontefract Castle to find out!

There's something exciting happening at Pontefract Castle! Specialist conservation work is taking place, opening up parts of the castle that haven't been seen for hundreds of years. 

Take a sneak peek behind the scenes and watch the transformation of the castle as it happens at special events held throughout the year.

The textile industry has left its mark across West Yorkshire, from weavers' cottages to mill owners' mansions, from pack horse trails to large factory complexes.

Discover the history for yourself with this handy map that's packed full of places to go where you can explore our textile heritage further.

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