Pontefract Castle
Pontefract Castle

Pontefract Castle: Ancient Ruins ● Open Spaces ● Vivid History

Pontefract Castle is open and everyone is welcome.

Additional safety measures are in place so your visit may be a little different to usual


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.

We want everyone to feel confident and safe when visiting Pontefract Castle. We have therefore followed VisitEngland guidelines in order to ensure that it is safe to visit and many of our safety measures have remained in place following the lifting of restrictions in England. For more information, please have a look at our Coronavirus Measures information page.

We ask all visitors to make space for others who may feel uncomfortable without social distancing in place.

We are gradually bringing back our usual activities, so check out our What's On page to find out more, including family activities over the summer and a unique theatre performance. You can also find a whole host of interesting articles to read and fun activities to keep you occupied 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.