Visiting with Children
Visiting with Children

Visiting Pontefract Castle with children

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 butterflies and bugs.

The castle has bags of green 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! 

From the summer holidays, look out for toys and games in the inner bailey (including a rather splendid giant chess set) to pass the time on those long sunny days.

Speaking of sunny days, with its lush green spaces, the castle is the perfect place for a family picnic. Imagine all the sights and sounds the castle walls have seen as you bask in the sunshine and get stuck in.

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
Visiting with Children

What's On for Families

Take a Dungeon Tour!

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Visiting with Children

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