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 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 2018 - Sat 13 Apr 2019

Kids Activities

Pontefract in Old Photographs

Pontefract Museum

Thu 24 Jan 2019

Buggy Walk

Buggy Walk

Pontefract Racecourse

Fri 25 Jan 2019

Kids Activities

The Art of Elizabeth

Pontefract Museum

Fri 1 Feb 2019

Buggy Walk

Buggy Walk

Pontefract Racecourse

Fri 1 Feb 2019

Kids Activities

Elizabeth Moxon & the Forgotten Women of Wakefield

Pontefract Museum

Fri 1 Feb 2019

Buggy Walk

Buggy Walk

Pontefract Racecourse

Fri 8 Feb 2019

Kids Activities

Expressive Elizabeth

Pontefract Museum

Mon 11 Feb 2019

Buggy Walk

Buggy Walk

Pontefract Racecourse

Fri 15 Feb 2019

Pontefract Castle

Clay Creations: Gargoyles

Pontefract Castle

Wed 20 Feb 2019

Kids Activities

Funny Face Masks

Pontefract Museum

Wed 20 Feb 2019

Buggy Walk

Buggy Walk

Pontefract Racecourse

Fri 22 Feb 2019

Kids Activities

Succulent Sonnets

Pontefract Museum

Mon 25 Feb 2019

Buggy Walk

Buggy Walk

Pontefract Racecourse

Fri 1 Mar 2019

Buggy Walk

Buggy Walk

Pontefract Racecourse

Fri 8 Mar 2019

Medieval Castles of West Yorkshire

Medieval Castles of West Yorkshire

Pontefract Castle

Thu 14 Mar 2019

Have a Dabble - Horseshoe Wind Chimes

Have a Dabble - Horseshoe Wind Chimes

Pontefract Castle

Thu 14 Mar 2019

Grow Your Own

Grow Your Own

Pontefract Castle

Mon 8 - Sat 13 Apr 2019

Kids Activities

Sweet Characters

Pontefract Museum

Wed 10 Apr 2019

Have a Dabble - Pisanki Eggs

Have a Dabble - Pisanki Eggs

Pontefract Castle

Thu 11 Apr 2019

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