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In line with Government guidance Pontefract Castle grounds are open as normal and the Liquorice Café is serving takeaway food and drink.

The Gift shop is OPEN Tues - Sun 10am - 4pm

Our toilets are OPEN but our play area and activity zone are CLOSED.

To ensure that the castle remains safe and enjoyable for everyone, please stick to social distancing guidelines and limits on meeting others.

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