Getting Here

Essential Information

Opening Times & Getting Here

General Information:

Pontefract Castle, Castle Chain, Pontefract, West Yorkshire.

Due to conservation works taking place some areas of the castle grounds are currently closed. Please contact the castle for further details.

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.


A selection of hot and cold drinks and snacks is available in the visitor centre gift shop.

Dungeon tours

Available Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 1.15pm. Tickets available from the visitor centre. Additional tours run on Wednesdays during 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 the car park fills up quickly on events days but there are a number of public car parks within easy 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. Access may be restricted during works by Yorkshire Water from 13 August.

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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