Wakefield Museums and Castles

Welcome to Wakefield Museums and Castles.

We are the Museums with the caiman under the floor; where Liquorice and voting collide; that celebrates sweet-filled-glass walking sticks.

We are the Castles with fascinating stories, with wide open space to play, with historic ruins to explore and inspire your imagination.

We are adventure. We are fun. We are weird and wonderful. You are invited to join in. You are invited to delve and discover.

Together we are amazing!

Discover more at Castleford Museum, Pontefract Castle, Pontefract Museum, Sandal Castle and Wakefield Museum today.

Step back in time and discover what Castleford was like under Roman rule and how the town has changed over the centuries.

Dress up in Roman armour and learn about how these historic warriors fought in battle.

Celebrate the town's rugby heritage and explore the works and sculptures of local sculptor Henry Moore, all this and more at Castleford Museum.

Pontefract Museum includes brand new displays and a new photographic exhibition featuring 100 years of shopping in the town.

The new displays tell the story of Pontefract from the Georgian period up to the present day. The ballot box used in the first secret ballot to elect an MP in 1872 takes prominent position, with new comic book style interpretation. There are also new interactive and family friendly elements in the museum.

Step into a world of mystery at Wakefield Museum to discover stories of people and their lives, some over a thousand years in the making, others are only just beginning.

Explore the extraordinary world of pioneering Victorian eco-warrior and explorer Charles Waterton, creator of the world’s first nature reserve.

Are you brave enough to stand on top of the caiman?

Events at Wakefield Museums and Castles

Upper Westgate

A Day in the Life

Wakefield Museum

Sat 7 Oct 2017 - Fri 22 Jun 2018

1966 World Cup Football

Playmakers on Tour: Horbury Sports Specialists

Wakefield Museum

Mon 16 Apr 2018 - Sat 30 Mar 2019

Sale of the Century

Sale of the Century

Pontefract Museum

Mon 14 May - Sat 1 Sep 2018

The Smiths Single

Spend, Spend, Spend

Castleford Museum

Tue 22 May - Mon 31 Dec 2018

Toddler Tuesdays

Toddler Tuesdays

Castleford Museum

Tue 19 Jun 2018

Meet the Curator

Meet the Curator

Castleford Museum

Thu 21 Jun 2018

Find Your Passion

Find Your Passion - Georgian Keepsake Boxes

Wakefield Museum

Thu 21 Jun 2018

Family Fun

Family Fun

Pontefract Museum

Sat 23 Jun 2018

Family Fun

Family Fun

Wakefield Museum

Sat 23 Jun 2018

Family Fun

Family Fun

Castleford Museum

Sat 23 Jun 2018

Proms in the Castle

Proms in the Castle

Pontefract Castle

Sat 23 Jun 2018

Toddler Tuesdays

Toddler Tuesdays

Castleford Museum

Tue 26 Jun 2018

Family Fun

Family Fun

Pontefract Museum

Sat 30 Jun 2018

Family Fun

Family Fun

Wakefield Museum

Sat 30 Jun 2018

Family Fun

Family Fun

Castleford Museum

Sat 30 Jun 2018

Adult Craft Session

Adult Craft Session

Castleford Museum

Mon 2 Jul 2018

Toddler Tuesdays

Toddler Tuesdays

Castleford Museum

Tue 3 Jul 2018

Crafty Crocs

Crafty Crocs

Wakefield Museum

Tue 3 Jul 2018

Castle Crafts

Castle Crafts

Pontefract Castle

Wed 4 Jul 2018

Meet the Curator

Meet the Curator

Wakefield Museum

Thu 5 Jul 2018