Shop - Gift:Visitor Centre at Pontefract Castle

Shop, free entry

Liquorice Cafe

Liquorice Cafe


Castle Chain,
West Yorkshire,


*The information below is correct at 5pm on 20th March.*

We're sorry to announce that Pontefract Castle Visitor Centre, Cafe and grounds are currently closed. All events are cancelled until further notice.

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As you’re exploring the historic grounds at Pontefract Castle, don’t forget to call into the visitor centre!

This beautiful 19th century barn, once home to a blacksmith’s workshop, is now a state-of-the-art visitor centre and a central hub for the castle. Explore the castle's fascinating, turbulent history through our engaging History of Pontefract Castle displays. Little visitors will love trying on the colourful costumes in our dressing-up basket.

Pick up a guide book or a souvenir in the gift shop. We stock an excellent range mementos for your visit, as well as a delicious selection of ice creams, preserves and - of course - Pontefract Cakes!

Or why not try out some crafts in the activity zone? This light and airy space offers a range of special workshops, talks, demonstrations and activities for both adults and children at different times throughout the year.

The friendly team of volunteers are on hand with a wealth of local knowledge to help visitors make the most of their time at the castle - and the surrounding area, too.

The Visitor Centre is open daily from 10am to 4pm.

Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impaired

Opening details

Wednesday to Sunday 10am - 4pm
Closed Monday and Tuesday


Free entry



See location of Pontefract Castle on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SE 460222  Lat: 53.69421 Long: -1.30481

By Road:
M62 jct32
Continue onto Park Road (A639)
Turn left onto Southgate (A645)

For car parking:
Turn left onto North Baileygate. Car park located off Beech Hill. WF8 2JF

Disabled car-parking spaces are available at the Castle gates (approach via Spink Lane or Micklegate).

By Public Transport:
Nearest train station: Monkhill/Baghill Railway Station
Nearest bus station: Pontefract Bus Station

Walk from Pontefract town centre via Horsefair, Micklegate and Castle Chain.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Pontefract, Monkhill station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired