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

Pomfret's Printery

Pomfret's Printery

Pontefract Museum
Stone Carving

Adult Stone Carving Workshop

Pontefract Castle
Dungeon Tour

Dungeon Tour

Pontefract Castle
Dungeon Tour

Dungeon Tour

Pontefract Castle
Dungeon Tour

Dungeon Tour

Pontefract Castle
Dungeon Tour

Dungeon Tour

Pontefract Castle
Leaflet

A Knight to Remember!

Pontefract Town Hall
Dungeon Tour

Dungeon Tour

Pontefract Castle
Meet the Curator

Meet the Curator

Pontefract Museum
Dungeon Tour

Dungeon Tour

Pontefract Castle
Dungeon Tour

Dungeon Tour

Pontefract Castle
Lantern Parade

Lioness Lantern Parade

Pontefract Castle
Pumpkin Festival

Pumpkin Festival

Farmer Copleys Farm Shop
Dungeon Tour

Dungeon Tour

Pontefract Castle
Dungeon Tour

Dungeon Tour

Pontefract Castle
October Half Term Fun

October Half Term Fun

Pontefract Castle
Pumpkin Festival

Pumpkin Festival

Farmer Copleys Farm Shop
Season Finale Day

Season Finale Day

Pontefract Racecourse
Seasonal Sun Catchers

Seasonal Sun Catchers

Pontefract Museum
Dungeon Tour

Dungeon Tour

Pontefract Castle
Hallowscream

Hallowscream

Pontefract Castle
Dungeon Tour

Dungeon Tour

Pontefract Castle
Ghost Walks

Ghost Walks

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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