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Tour the Dungeon

Tour the Dungeon


From medieval times through to the English Civil War period, the 11th century cellars below Pontefract Castle were used as a prison and dungeon.

Visitors can visit the underground dungeon, cut out of solid rock, and see where Civil War prisoners carved their names into the cell walls.

Children can pick up one of our entertaining dungeon activity sheets to accompany them on the tour.

Tours are available Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 1.15pm and last around 40 minutes.

Additional tours will be available during school holiday periods and on event days.

Tickets available from our new visitor centre shop.
Adults - £3.00
Child (5-16) - £1.50

Please Note: There are steep steps and sensible footware is advised.

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 welcomeDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowedFacilities for hearing impairedFacilities for visually impaired

Opening details

Tours will be available from mid July and will run Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 1.15pm and last around 40 minutes.


Dungeon tour admission charges:
Adults - £3.00
Child (5-16) - £1.50



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
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Facilities for hearing impairedFacilities for hearing impaired
  • Facilities for visually impairedFacilities for visually impaired