Getting Here

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Visitor Information

Pontefract Castle, Castle Chain, Pontefract, West Yorkshire.

Enquiries 01977 723440

School visits 01924 302700

Pontefract Castle grounds are open

Monday to Friday 8.30am - 4.30pm

Weekends 9.30am - 4.30pm

Visitor Centre open 7 days a week

11am - 3pm

Includes gift shop, museum displays, toilets and activity zone.

Cafe open 7 days a week 

Monday to Friday 10.30am - 3pm

Weekends 10am - 3pm

Dungeon tours

Available Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 1.15pm. Tickets available from the visitor centre. Additional tours run on Wednesdays during Wakefield school holidays.


We are located on the edge of Pontefract, just a few minutes’ walk from the town centre.

Public transport

Pontefract Bus Station, Baghill Railway Station and Monkhill Railway Station are less than half a mile from the castle. Tanshelf Railway Station is approximately one mile away.

Car park

Our car park is free and is located directly behind the castle. Follow the brown tourism parking signs for the castle or use WF8 2JF in your sat nav. Please note if the car park is busy there are a number of public car parks within walking distance of the castle. Click here for details: Car Parks in Pontefract

Disabled parking and drop off

Our car drop off point and two disabled parking bays are accessed via a different route on Castle Chain, located at the front of the castle. Please use WF8 1QH in your sat nav.

Please note that this route is a dead end with no turning space for coaches.


Dogs are welcome but they must be kept on a lead at all times.

Smoking and E-cigarettes

Pontefract Castle is a non-smoking site.

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