Welcome to Pontefract

Once known as the Key to the North, Pontefract is now a thriving market town with many stories to tell. From horse racing and secret ballots to King Richard II and liquorice roots, there's plenty to discover.

Explore the town centre, visit Pontefract Castle, discover hidden treasures at independent boutiques, browse the colourful stalls of the bustling market and enjoy afternoon tea with a warm Yorkshire welcome at a local cafe.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning your visit...

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What's On in Pontefract

Charity Christmas Lights Trail

Charity Christmas Lights Trail

Farmer Copleys Farm Shop
Pomfret's Printery

Pomfret's Printery

Pontefract Museum
Santa's Snug

Santa's Snug

Xscape Yorkshire
Santa's Snug

Santa's Snug

Xscape Yorkshire
Santa's Snug

Santa's Snug

Xscape Yorkshire
Santa's Snug

Santa's Snug

Xscape Yorkshire
Dragon Egg Hunt

Dragon Egg Hunt

Pontefract Castle
St George's Day

St George's Day

Pontefract Castle
Proms in the Castle

Proms in the Castle

Pontefract Castle
Picnic at the Castle

Picnic at the Castle

Pontefract Castle
Family fun

Pontefract Liquorice Festival

Pontefract Precinct
Yorkshire Day

Yorkshire Day

Pontefract Castle
Hallowscream

Hallowscream

Pontefract Castle
Christmas at the Castle

Christmas

Pontefract Castle

Pontefract town centre is steeped in history.

The town’s medieval ‘burgage plot’ street pattern can still be seen in the yards that lead off the market place, and many of the beautiful buildings you see in the market place today date from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.

Visitors can enjoy the splendour of the Georgian Town Hall and Buttercross, the Victorian market and the decorative Art Nouveau town museum.

The Pontefract Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) is helping to breathe life back into this historic town centre, funding repairs to key buildings, including historic shops on Gillygate and Ropergate, preserving them for years to come.

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