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 lots to discover.

Pick up a Visitor Map and Spotters Guide in the Library, and explore the historic streets of Pontefract. 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 café.

Don’t forget to pop into Pontefract Castle, only a ten minute walk from the market place, with historic ruins and wide open space to explore as well as a state of the art visitor centre with gift shop, cafe and new adventure playground. The castles hosts as a superb range of fun family events throughout the year, keep your eyes peeled on our What's On pages for information. 

Time to start planning your visit...

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Please note, that while we are working hard to keep information on this website up to date, things are changing rapidly. Experiences may be a little different and pre-booking may be required. Please check venue websites or get in touch with them directly before travelling.

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