Pontefract Castle Key to the North Project

The Key to The North Project

The £3.5 million will allow parts of the castle not seen by the public since 1649 to be opened up. Development will also include a new visitor centre, cafe, gift shop and museum together with plans for better access around the site.

This project is possible thanks to the following supporters: Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic England, Wakefield Council, The Wolfson Foundation, Epac and the Friends of Pontefract Castle.


Project Update

Work has now resumed on the £3.5 million Key to the North project at Pontefract Castle.

Heritage Building and Conservation (York) Ltd. were contracted to finish the project which stopped when builder William Anelay Ltd went into administration last year.

We opened our new visitor centre and cafe in June and the conservation and site improvements will be finished by the end of the year.


The new visitor centre

Our volunteer scheme is going from strength to strength with over 1,000 hours of their time given by volunteers since the scheme began. If you are interested in becoming one of our volunteers please look at our Volunteer with Us page.

In the meantime the castle is still open and we are working hard on putting together an exciting programme of events and activities to be held throughout this year.

To find out more see the What’s On page.

Please note - some areas of site are currently closed or have limited access until work is completed on site.

For more information on the project, the importance of the work we are undertaking and what work is involved you can read our conservation plan.

For more information on which areas are currently affected please call 01977 723440.

The works