Pontefract Castle
Pontefract Castle

Pontefract Castle: Ancient Ruins ● Open Spaces ● Vivid History

Welcome to Pontefract Castle

Pontefract Castle is a place of family-friendly adventure, with wide open spaces to play and fascinating ruins to investigate. 

The Castle grounds are open as normal for you to enjoy with friends and family. Entrance to the castle is FREE and you do not need to book. For opening hours, parking and travel information please see our Visitor Information page

We want everyone to feel confident and safe when visiting Pontefract Castle. We have therefore followed VisitEngland guidelines in order to ensure that it is safe to visit. Please note that from 10 December, everyone aged 12 and over must wear a face covering in our visitor centre and on a dungeon tour, unless exempt. For more information, please have a look at our Coronavirus Measures information page.

We ask all visitors to make space for others who may feel uncomfortable without social distancing in place.

Our Visitor Centre shop is open with lots of new gifts and souvenirs, and we are gradually bringing back our usual activities, so check out our What's On page to find out more.

You can also find a whole host of interesting articles to read and fun activities to keep you occupied by visiting the Wakefield Museums & Castles blog

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We look forward to seeing you soon!

What's On at the Castle

We're Good To Go!

Good To Go

Pontefract Castle is Good To Go. Click here to find out about our measures to keep visitors and staff safe.