Pontefract Castle
Pontefract Castle

Pontefract Castle: Historic ruins ● Exciting Events ● Eerie Dungeons

Coronavirus Information

All Wakefield Council museums and castles are currently closed until further notice.

Pontefract Castle visitor centre and grounds will be closed to the public from Saturday 21 March, until further notice. We look forward to welcoming you back to Pontefract Castle at the earliest safe opportunity.

For further information please visit http://bit.ly/CoronaWFD

Welcome to Pontefract Castle.

While the castle is currently closed, you can continue to discover the extraordinary by visiting theWakefield Museums & Castles blog where you'll find a whole host of interesting articles to read and fun activities to keep you occupied at home.

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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. 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 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.