Pontefract Castle

Welcome to Pontefract Castle

Pontefract Castle is currently undergoing a major conservation project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, to preserve the historic ruins and to open up parts of the castle that have not been seen for decades.

The castle grounds are open to visitors, although some areas are closed whilst conservation works take place. There's still plenty of fun to be had, with an action packed year ahead of exciting events and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

We are delighted to announce that our new visitor centre is now open. The old barn has been beautifully restored and extended to provide a state of the art facility to welcome visitors to the castle. Learn about the long and turbulent history of the castle in our museum displays, pick up a guide book, tickets or a colourful souvenir in the gift shop or treat yourself to something delicious in The Liquorice Cafe.

Our new activity zone will host an exciting range of workshops, talks, demonstrations and activities at different times throughout the year. Sign up to our enewsletter to be the first to find out about what's on at the castle. 

If you'd like a copy of our new Pontefract Castle leaflet and events programme, download a copy here.

We look forward to welcoming you and your family so drop in and visit us today.

Yorkshire Day

Head to Pontefract Castle for Yorkshire Day on Tuesday 1 August and find out about the Yorkshire soldier through the ages and take part in some fun activities and games.

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