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, the castle has a new visitor centre and café and offers a superb range of fun family events throughout the year. Please note some parts of the castle are closed for important conservation works at the moment but there’s still plenty to see.

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What's On in Pontefract

Potwallopers

Potwallopers

Pontefract Library
Tour de Yorkshire

Outdoor Market

Pontefract Precinct
Alan Bracken painting

Dispelling the Myths

Pontefract Castle
80's Night

80's Night

Pontefract Racecourse
Siege Event at the Castle

Siege Event

Pontefract Castle
Trebuchets

New Evidence of the Sieges

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
Ladies Day

Ladies Day

Pontefract Racecourse
Autumn Festival

Autumn Festival

Pontefract Castle
Season Finale

Season Finale Day

Pontefract Racecourse
Hallowscream

Hallowscream

Pontefract Castle
Ghost Walks

Ghost Walks

Pontefract Castle
Ghost Walks

Ghost Walks

Pontefract Castle
Ghost Walks

Ghost Walks

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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