Pontefract Castle
Pontefract Castle

Pontefract Castle: Ancient Ruins ● Open Spaces ● Vivid History

Reopening Information

Pontefract Castle is Covid-19 Secure and welcomes back visitors. The Castle is open on reduced hours and for reopening information please click here. Please note, our Activity Zone remains closed.

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

Welcome to Pontefract Castle.

We're excited that the castle has now reopened and is welcoming visitors back to the grounds. Our visitor Centre, gift shop and cafe are also open. Your experience visiting us will be a bit different than you remember. We'll have a one-way system in place for you, and some parts of the castle have not yet reopened.  Even though we are now open, you can also continue to discover the extraordinary by visiting the Wakefield Museums & Castles blog where you'll find a whole host of interesting articles to read and fun activities to keep you occupied at home. For more information, please have a look at our Coronavirus Measures information page.

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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.

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. Has your imagination been sparked? Then younger visitors can create their own adventures in our castle themed adventure playground.

If all this exploring has made you hungry, our Liquorice Cafe is offering scrumptious food and drink to sit in or takeaway.

After all that, why not get a little souvenir of your visit from our wonderful gift shop?

Entrance to the castle is FREE, 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.