Visiting with Children
Visiting with Children

Visiting Pontefract Castle with children

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.

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Come and play!

Families love Pontefract Castle – there’s so much for everyone to do!

Discover the captivating stories of the castle – and the people who lived there – in the History of Pontefract Castle displays. Children will love trying on the costumes in our dressing-up corner. Who will they be – a fearless princess, or a terrifying dragon?

Keep little minds entertained with our selection of free activity sheets. We run regular craft and activity sessions, including our monthly Castle Crafts for under 5s, plus a massive range of themed activities during the school holidays. So pop into the Activity Zone to discover what’s happening on the day of your visit! (please note, some activities must be booked in advance).

Outside the visitor centre, nature enthusiasts will be fascinated by our herb garden, as they go on the hunt for bugs and minibeasts.

The castle has bags of space to run and play! As you explore the historic ruins, our brand-new information boards will capture kids’ imaginations with a series of Civil Wars Soldier Training activities that will see them solving puzzles and performing tasks as they make their way around the ruins.

Be brave! Descend underground and take a tour of our dungeon. See where prisoners scratched their names into the rock! 

Our Liquorice Cafe has now re-opened, so after all those adventures, there's a place for the kids to enjoy a treat - and for you to relax with a cuppa!

Little ones will soon have even more ways to spark their imagination when construction is complete on our new castle-themed play area, featuring exciting equipment including a battering ram swing, drawbridge, ramparts, cargo nets, two slides and more!

And don't forget, we run a packed programme of exciting events and activities throughout the year. From special events that will take you back in time, to activities that everyone – big and small – can join in with, there’s always something happening at the castle!

Visiting with Children
Visiting with Children
Visiting with Children
New Playground at Pontefract Castle

Exciting New Play Area!

Young visitors to Pontefract Castle can have even more fun with the new £70,000 play area.

The castle-themed play area features exciting equipment including a battering ram swing, drawbridge, ramparts, cargo nets, two slides and more. It incorporates challenging and engaging play opportunities and is a high-quality, bespoke design especially for Pontefract Castle.

The Pontefract North ward councillors and the Council have funded this project which will be enjoyed by many young people in their community as well as visitors to our much-loved castle.

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What's On for Families

Take a Dungeon Tour!

Visit the Gift Shop

Take a look at the castle through the eyes of a little visitor...

Visiting with Children