Pontefract Castle
Pontefract Castle

Pontefract Castle: Ancient Ruins ● Open Spaces ● Vivid History

January Update

In line with Government guidance Pontefract Castle grounds are open for exercise during the hours as currently advertised 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.

Your experience visiting us will be a bit different than you remember but the castle grounds and toilets are OPEN and the Liquorice Cafe is available Wednesday to Sunday for takeaway food and drink. 

Due to Government guidance, the exhibition area and activity zone are CLOSED and our play area is closed due to waterlogged ground.

We have a one-way system in place, sanitising stations, social distancing and some parts of the castle grounds remain closed. For more information, please have a look at our Coronavirus Measures information page.

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.

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

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 takeaway.

Entrance to the castle is FREE and you do not need to book. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Good To Go

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