Pontefract Castle
Pontefract Castle

Pontefract Castle: Ancient Ruins ● Open Spaces ● Vivid History

Current Update

In line with Government guidance Pontefract Castle grounds are open for exercise with your bubble and the Liquorice Café is serving takeaway food and drink.

Our toilets are OPEN but our play area, gift shop and activity zone are CLOSED.

To ensure that the environment remains safe and enjoyable for everyone, please stick to social distancing and follow all signs.

For more information from Wakefield Council, visit: http://bit.ly/CoronaWFD

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 during lockdown for excercise with your household bubble and entrance is free. The Liquorice Cafe is also available for takeaway food and drink Wednesday to Sunday 10am until 3pm.

Due to Government restrictions the gift shop, exhibition area and activity zone are currently CLOSED. We are sorry, but our play area is currently closed due to waterlogged ground.

Pontefract Castle has followed VisitEngland guidelines in order to ensure that it is safe to visit and has safety measures in place such as one way systems, additional cleaning and sanitising stations. For more information, please have a look at our Coronavirus Measures information page.

Even though most of our usual activities are on hold, you can find a whole host of interesting articles to read and fun activities to keep you occupied at home by visiting the Wakefield Museums & Castles blog.

Help the Wakefield Museums & Castles team improve their digital offer by filling in their survey about yourself and your experience with us online. Click HERE to participate.

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 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.