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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Pomfret's Printery

Pomfret's Printery

Pontefract Museum
Family Fun

Family Fun

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Snozone Kids' Holiday Camps

Snozone Kids' Holiday Camps

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Summer Activity

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Family Fun

Family Fun

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Yorkshire Day

Yorkshire Day

Pontefract Precinct
Yorkshire Day

Yorkshire Day

Pontefract Castle
Dragon Masks

Dragon Masks

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Travel Adventures

Travel Adventures

Pontefract Museum
Family Fun

Family Fun

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Ladies Day

Ladies Day

Pontefract Racecourse
Meet the Curator

Meet the Curator

Pontefract Museum
Traditional Games

Traditional Games

Pontefract Castle
Travel Adventures

Travel Adventures

Pontefract Museum
Coin Design

Coin Design

Pontefract Museum
Gilded Sweets

Gilded Sweets

Pontefract Castle
Travel Adventures

Travel Adventures

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Heroes & Villains

Heroes & Villains

Pontefract Castle
Arts and Crafts Windows

Arts and Crafts Windows

Pontefract Castle
Travel Adventures

Travel Adventures

Pontefract Museum
Medieval Tile Making

Medieval Tile Making

Pontefract Castle

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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