From medieval times through to the English Civil War period the 11th century cellars, below Pontefract Castle were used as a magazine chamber.
Visitors can visit the underground magazine, cut out of solid rock and see where Civil War prisoners carved their names into the cell walls.
Groups can tour the magazine by prior arrangement by phoning 01977 722740.
Please Note: There are steep steps and sensible footware is advised.
Magazine tour admission charges:
Adults - £2.10
|Season Dates||Opening Hours|
|Thu 21 Feb 2013 - Fri 21 Feb 2020||Wed - Sun 15:00 to 15:45|
|Notes||Magazine tours run Wednesday-Sunday at 15.00.|
Castle Chain, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF8 1QH
Map reference: SE 460222 Lat: 53.69421 Long: -1.30481
Parking : free
Accessible by Public Transport : Pontefract, Monkhill station
The Summer opening hours for Pontefract Castle are:
Monday - Friday, 08.30 – 17.00
Saturday - Sunday, 09.30 – 18.15
Please note that the opening hours change when British Summer Time begins and ends.
The Winter opening hours for Pontefract Castle are:
Monday - Friday, 08:30 until 16:15
Saturday - Sunday, 09:30 until 16:15
The Visitors Centre and Shop is open Wednesday to Sunday 11.00 – 15.00 (Mon and Tue by request)
A tour of the underground Magazine is available Wed – Sun at 15.00 See on site for prices and further details.
Guided tours available for groups.
|Fri 15 Mar 2013 - Sat 31 Dec 2016||Magazine Tour|
|Fri 24 May 2013 - Wed 7 Aug 2013||Pontefract Castle Facebook Photo Competition|
|Thu 20 Jun 2013||A Midsummer Nights Dream|
|Sat 13 Jul 2013||Picnic in the Castle|
|Sat 13 Jul 2013||Proms in the Castle|
|Sat 3, Sun 4 Aug 2013||Yorkshire Medieval Festival|
|Tue 6 Aug 2013||Big Wild Day|
|Wed 14 Aug 2013||What can we....|
|Sat 31 Aug 2013||Pomfret 60 Archery Tournament|