Family Fun at Pontefract Castle

Visiting with children

Come and play!

Pontefract Castle is a great place to visit with children. With free entry, lots of wide open space to run and play and an exciting range of events and activities throughout the year, it offers a great value day out for the whole family.

Discover some of the stories of the castle's dark and turbulent past in our fascinating museum displays. Explore the historic ruins of the castle and imagine the sights, sounds and smells of daily life in a medieval castle as you follow the pathways once walked by Kings and Queens.

During school holidays there are a number of fun, free, drop-in activities and lawn games available and don't miss the opportunity to experience the darkness of the castle underground in one of our regular Dungeon Tours.

Other information to help plan your visit:

  • Drop in activities & medieval costumes available in our Activity Zone
  • The Liquorice Café offer a children’s menu and highchairs
  • Pontefract Castle welcomes breast and bottle feeding parents
  • Baby changing facilities are available in the visitor centre
  • Souvenirs, books, sweets and icecreams available in the gift shop
  • Outdoor games during the Summer holidays
  • Explorer Backpacks (coming soon 

If you need further inspiration, take a look our new family film of a Little Visitor's adventures at Pontefract Castle.

We look forward to seeing you at the Castle soon.

What's On

Children's books and armour available at Pontefract Castle

Budding knights and ferocious princesses will love our range of children's books, toys and armour.

Watch our new family film

Visit our eerie dungeons

Dungeon Tours at Pontefract Casstle
Are you brave enough to visit the dark dungeons of Pontefract Castle?