Pontefract Castle
Pontefract Castle

Pontefract Castle: Historic ruins ● Exciting Events ● Eerie Dungeons

Welcome to Pontefract Castle.

From its construction in 1070 to its destruction after the Civil Wars, this once-fearsome fortress dominated Yorkshire and beyond, earning the nickname, "Key to the North". From battles and sieges, starvation and destruction to royal infidelity and the cultivation of liquorice, you'll be surprised at what these walls have seen!

Today, the castle is a place of family-friendly adventure, with wide open spaces to play and fascinating ruins to investigate. Discover the stories of the castle in the History of Pontefract Castle displays. Take a tour of the dungeons: see where prisoners scratched their names into the rock! Get crafty and creative in the Activity Zone.

Stand in the remains of the bread ovens, and imagine a time when the castle held lavish banquets for some of England’s most famous kings and queens. Don’t forget to pop into our visitor centre or gift shop where we offer a  range of souvenirs gifts and ice-creams.

We have now completed our major conservation project to preserve the historic ruins of the castle for the future. The fencing is gone and the pathways are now open and we have an exciting new castle themed adventure playground for our younger visitors to explore.

Entrance to the castle is FREE, we look forward to seeing you soon!

What's On at the Castle

Dungeon Tour Times

Our Dungeon Tours Hours Are Changing.

From January 2020 dungeon tours will run most Fridays and every Saturday and Sunday at 1.15pm and last around 40 minutes. Please note that places are limited to 20 people per tour and Friday tours may not be available due to school bookings.

As always, additional tours will be available during school holiday periods and on event days.


Dungeon Tours

Dungeon Tour

Be brave! Descend underground and take one of our Dungeon Tours. Tours take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are available from the gift shop inside the Visitor Centre.