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.

Time to start planning your visit...

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What's On in Pontefract

Sale of the Century

Sale of the Century

Pontefract Museum

Mon 14 May - Sat 1 Sep 2018

Medieval Woodwork

Medieval Woodwork and Carpentry

Pontefract Castle

Sun 22 Jul 2018

Family Fun

Family Fun

Pontefract Museum

Sat 28 Jul 2018

Stained Glass Style

Stained Glass Style

Pontefract Castle

Sat 28 Jul 2018

Attack & Defence

Attack & Defence

Pontefract Castle

Mon 30 Jul - Sat 4 Aug 2018

Retro Retail

Retro Retail: Object Handling

Pontefract Museum

Wed 1 Aug 2018

Yorkshire Day

Yorkshire Day

Pontefract Castle

Wed 1 Aug 2018

Family Fun

Family Fun

Pontefract Museum

Sat 4 Aug 2018

Green Man

Green Man Workshop

Pontefract Castle

Sun 5 Aug 2018

Unexpected Discoveries

Unexpected Discoveries

Pontefract Castle

Mon 6 - Sat 11 Aug 2018

Meet the Curator

Meet the Curator

Pontefract Museum

Wed 8 Aug 2018

Retro Retail

Retro Retail: Toys and Games

Pontefract Museum

Wed 8 Aug 2018

Ladies Day

Ladies Day

Pontefract Racecourse

Wed 8 Aug 2018

Family Fun

Family Fun

Pontefract Museum

Sat 11 Aug 2018

Medieval Tournaments

Medieval Tournaments

Pontefract Castle

Mon 13 - Sat 18 Aug 2018

Comic Strip

Be A Comic Strip Illustrator!

Pontefract Museum

Tue 14 Aug 2018

Retro Retail: Music

Retro Retail: Music

Pontefract Museum

Wed 15 Aug 2018

Family Fun

Family Fun

Pontefract Museum

Sat 18 Aug 2018

Friarwood Festival

Friarwood Festival

Friarwood Valley Gardens

Sat 18 Aug 2018

Marvellous Magic

Marvellous Magic

Pontefract Castle

Mon 20 - Sat 25 Aug 2018

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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