Welcome to Pontefract

Once known as the Key to the North, Pontefract is now a thriving market town with many stories to tell. From horse racing and secret ballots to King Richard II and liquorice roots, there's plenty to discover.

Explore the town centre, visit Pontefract Castle, discover hidden treasures at independent boutiques, browse the colourful stalls of the bustling market and enjoy afternoon tea with a warm Yorkshire welcome at a local cafe.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning your visit...

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What's On in Pontefract

Arts and Crafts Windows

Arts and Crafts Windows

Pontefract Castle
Corn Maze

Corn Maze

Farmer Copleys Farm Shop
Pomfret's Printery

Pomfret's Printery

Pontefract Museum
Snozone Kids' Holiday Camps

Snozone Kids' Holiday Camps

Xscape Yorkshire
Summer Activity

Summer Activity

Xscape Yorkshire
The Maze

The Maze

Junction 32 Outlet Shopping Village
Travel Adventures

Travel Adventures

Pontefract Museum
Printing Press

Printing Press

Pontefract Museum
Medieval Tile Making

Medieval Tile Making

Pontefract Castle
Travel Adventures

Travel Adventures

Pontefract Museum
St Giles Church

St Giles Church Heritage Open Day

St Giles Church Pontefract
Heritage Walk

Heritage Walk

Pontefract Precinct
Heritage Walk

Heritage Walk

Pontefract Precinct
Minden House

Minden House Heritage Open Day

Pontefract Barracks

Pontefract town centre is steeped in history.

The town’s medieval ‘burgage plot’ street pattern can still be seen in the yards that lead off the market place, and many of the beautiful buildings you see in the market place today date from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.

Visitors can enjoy the splendour of the Georgian Town Hall and Buttercross, the Victorian market and the decorative Art Nouveau town museum.

The Pontefract Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) is helping to breathe life back into this historic town centre, funding repairs to key buildings, including historic shops on Gillygate and Ropergate, preserving them for years to come.

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