Pontefract Castle
Pontefract Castle

Pontefract Castle: Ancient Ruins ● Open Spaces ● Vivid History

Current Update

In line with Government guidance Pontefract Castle grounds are open as normal and the Liquorice Café is serving takeaway food and drink.

The Gift shop is OPEN Tues-Sun 10am-4pm.

Our toilets are OPEN but the activity zone is CLOSED.

The play area is OPEN daily 10am-4pm.

To ensure that the castle remains safe and enjoyable for everyone, please stick to social distancing guidelines and limits on meeting others.

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. We've also got free make and take resources available for children to collect from the Visitor Centre during weekends and school holidays! 

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. The Liquorice Cafe is also available for takeaway food and drink Wednesday to Sunday 10am until 3pm.

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.

Face coverings must be worn when entering the Visitor Centre, Gift Shop, Liquorice Cafe and toilets, and we are required to ask for names and contact details as part of the Government's Test and Trace scheme. 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

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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.