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Pontefract Castle - Magazine

Pontefract Castle - Magazine

Underground at 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


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.

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 not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impairedFacilities for visually impaired

Opening details

Magazine tours run every Wednesday - Sunday 3.00pm until 3.45pm.


Magazine tour admission charges:
Adults - £2.50
Children- £1.25



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 not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impairedFacilities for visually impaired