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Pontefract Museum

Pontefract Museum


Pontefract Museum

01977 722740


5 Salter Row,
West Yorkshire,


Enter a world of discovery at Pontefract Museum and learn about the town’s history and its interesting fascination with liquorice!

Ever wondered where the famous Pontefract Cakes got their name? Learn more about this sweet treat, discover the town’s historic links with liquorice growing and see some of the bright and colourful packaging from over the years.

Explore the heritage of Pontefract and the stories of people who lived, worked and played there. Discover the turbulent history of one of the North’s most important castles and the part it played in the British Civil Wars then browse the large collection of Bagley’s Glass and learn more about the industries of glass making through the ages.

Before you leave, take a moment to appreciate the beautiful art nouveau building. Originally built in 1904 to house the town’s library, Pontefract Museum retains many of its original features, from intricate door handles to a stunning tiled entrance and staircase.

PLEASE NOTE! Pontefract Museum will be closing for several months on Saturday 23rd December due to exciting new refurbishment plans. The museum will re-open in 2018.

Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for educational visitsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessSmoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impairedFacilities for visually impaired

Opening details

Monday to Friday: 10.00am - 4.30pm
Saturday: 10.30am - 4.30pm



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Map reference: SE 455219  Lat: 53.69156 Long: -1.31243

By Road:
Jct32 M62
Follow signs for Pontefract Town Centre.
Museum is on the precinct, next to Pontefract Library

By Public Transport:
Nearest train station: Tanshelf Railway Station
Nearest bus station: Pontefract Bus Station


  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impairedFacilities for visually impaired