image for Shop - Gift item typeVisitor Centre at Pontefract Castle

Shop, free entry

Liquorice Cafe

Liquorice Cafe


Castle Chain,
West Yorkshire,

Events at this Venue


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

The castle gift shop offers an excellent range of gifts, books and souvenirs as well as a delicious selection of ice creams, preserves and of course Pontefract Cakes!

Learn about the castle’s turbulent past in the History of Pontefract Castle displays while little visitors have fun trying on colourful costumes from the dressing up basket. Look out for special make and take crafts in the Activity Zone and a programme of special events and workshops throughout the year.

The friendly team are on hand with a wealth of local knowledge to help visitors make the most of the visit to the castle and the surrounding area.

The Visitors Centre is open Wednesday to Sunday from 11am.
Monday and Tuesday from 12.30pm.

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

Open all the time


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