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Castle, free entry

Pontefract Castle

Pontefract Castle


Castle Chain,
West Yorkshire,

Events at this Venue


Tread in the footsteps of Kings and Queens and explore the historic ruins of the castle.

Once hailed as the Key to the North, this historically important fortress has seen many changes over the centuries and has some captivating stories to tell. From battles and sieges, starvation and destruction to royal infidelity and the cultivation of liquorice, you'll be surprised at what these walls have seen!

It's an exciting time at Pontefract Castle as work is almost complete on a £3.5 million conservation project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, to preserve the stonework of the castle, improve access and facilities for visitors and to protect the castle for future generations.

The 19th century barn, once home to a blacksmith’s workshop, is now a state-of-the-art visitor centre and a central hub for the castle. Explore the castle's fascinating, turbulent history through engaging displays. Pick up a guide book or a souvenir in the spacious gift shop, or try out some crafts in the activity zone. The activity zone offers a range of special workshops, talks, demonstrations and activities for both adults and children at different times throughout the year.

Visitors can explore the castle underground in an eerie dungeon tour; tickets are available from the castle gift shop.

The castle offers an exciting programme of events and activities, with live music performances, traditional games, family activities, talks, tours and much more.

PLEASE NOTE: While the conservation works continue, some parts of the castle may not be accessible until later in the year, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had!

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

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs 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

Visitor Centre open 7 days a week
11.00am - 3.00pm


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 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
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impairedFacilities for visually impaired