5 Salter Row,
Enter a world of discovery at Pontefract Museum and learn about the town’s history and its interesting fascination with liquorice!
Ever wondered where the famous Pontefract Cakes got their name? Learn more about this sweet treat, discover the town’s historic links with liquorice growing and see some of the bright and colourful packaging from over the years.
Explore the heritage of Pontefract and the stories of people who lived, worked and played there. Discover the turbulent history of one of the North’s most important castles and the part it played in the British Civil Wars then browse the large collection of Bagley’s Glass and learn more about the industries of glass making through the ages.
Before you leave, take a moment to appreciate the beautiful art nouveau building. Originally built in 1904 to house the town’s library, Pontefract Museum retains many of its original features, from intricate door handles to a stunning tiled entrance and staircase.
Saturday: 10.30am - 4.30pm
SE 455219 53.69156 -1.31243
Follow signs for Pontefract Town Centre.
Museum is on the precinct, next to Pontefract Library
By Public Transport:
Nearest train station: Tanshelf Railway Station
Nearest bus station: Pontefract Bus Station
- Disabled toilets
- Education/study area
- Facilities for educational visits
- Accepts groups
- Children welcome
- Disabled access
- Smoking not allowed
- Facilities for hearing impaired
- Facilities for visually impaired