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

On Our Doorstep: Geoff Leathley

On Our Doorstep: Geoff Leathley Paintings

Pontefract Museum

Sat 10 Aug 2019 - Sat 25 Apr 2020

Daily Archaeology Tours

Archaeology Daily Tours

Pontefract Castle

Sat 5 - Wed 30 Oct 2019

Pumpkin Festival 2019

Farmer Copleys Pumpkin Festival 2019

Farmer Copleys Farm Shop

Sat 19 - Thu 31 Oct 2019

Finds Lab

Archaeology Finds Lab

Pontefract Castle

Mon 21 - Fri 25 Oct 2019

Dig Experience

Dig Experience

Pontefract Castle

Sat 26 - Wed 30 Oct 2019

Junior Archaeologist

Dig Camp

Pontefract Castle

Sat 26 - Wed 30 Oct 2019

Kids Activities

Family Fun

Pontefract Museum

Sat 26 Oct 2019

Create a 3D artefact

Make A 3D Artefact

Pontefract Castle

Sat 26 Oct 2019

Dig Update

Dig Update

Pontefract Castle

Sat 26 Oct 2019

Paintings of Pontefract

Paintings Of Pontefract

Pontefract Museum

Wed 30 Oct 2019

Hallowscream

Hallowscream

Pontefract Castle

Thu 31 Oct 2019

Dig Experience

Dig Experience

Pontefract Castle

Fri 1 - Sun 3 Nov 2019

Junior Archaeologist

Dig Camp

Pontefract Castle

Fri 1 - Sun 3 Nov 2019

Daily Archaeology Tours

Archaeology Daily Tours

Pontefract Castle

Fri 1 - Sun 3 Nov 2019

Kids Activities

Family Fun

Pontefract Museum

Sat 2 Nov 2019

Create a 3D artefact

Make A 3D Artefact

Pontefract Castle

Sat 2 Nov 2019

Pontefract Castle

Castle Crafts

Pontefract Castle

Wed 6 Nov 2019

Kids Activities

Family Fun

Pontefract Museum

Sat 9 Nov 2019

Jousting

Medieval Tournament: Jousting Talk

Pontefract Castle

Sat 9 Nov 2019

Tunnels Of Pontefract

What Lies Beneath Us? The Archaeology of Tunnels

Pontefract Castle

Sun 10 Nov 2019

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