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Castle, free entry

Pontefract Castle

Pontefract Castle


Castle Chain,
West Yorkshire,

Events at this Venue

date event
Thu 13 Apr Easter Dragon Egg Trail
Sun 23 Apr St George's Day
Sat 24 Jun Proms in the Castle
Sat 8 Jul Picnic in the Castle
Sat 9 - Sun 10 Sep Heritage Open Days
Sat 14 Oct Lioness Lantern Parade


This year Pontefract Castle will be a hive of activity on a scale not seen since its demolition in 1649. Having been awarded a substantial grant from Heritage Lottery Fund, conservation work has already begun to improve and preserve the site for future generations.

Improvements will include a brand new visitor centre incorporating an exhibition space, learning zone and a fab new café that will be perfect for reflecting on your visit with a slice of cake and a drink.

Pontefract Castle will remain open throughout the works providing the rare opportunity to see conservation as it happens. Watch conservation experts carefully preserve the ruins of the castle and see for yourself how the 19th century barn building is transformed from the old blacksmith’s workshop into the new visitor centre.

Have you ever imagined what it was like to live in a medieval castle? Step back in time and see the castle spring to life at the Living History Days, enjoy live re-enactments and music, traditional games and watch specialist craftspeople demonstrate the skills needed to build and run a medieval castle.

Dig a little deeper into the castle’s history and become an archaeologist for the day. You can play an important part in the conservation of the castle, examine some of the excavation samples from around the site and see what you can discover about the castle’s hidden past at selected events throughout the year.

Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs acceptedFacilities for hearing impairedFacilities for visually impaired

Opening details

Castle Grounds:
Monday to Friday: 8.30am - 4.30pm
Saturday and Sunday 9.30am - 4.30pm


Free entry



See location of Pontefract Castle on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SE 460222  Lat: 53.69421 Long: -1.30481

By Road:
M62 jct32
Continue onto Park Road (A639)
Turn left onto Southgate (A645)

For car parking:
Turn left onto North Baileygate. Car park located off Beech Hill. WF8 2JF

Disabled car-parking spaces are available at the Castle gates (approach via Spink Lane or Micklegate).

By Public Transport:
Nearest train station: Monkhill/Baghill Railway Station
Nearest bus station: Pontefract Bus Station

Walk from Pontefract town centre via Horsefair, Micklegate and Castle Chain.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Pontefract, Monkhill station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impairedFacilities for visually impaired