History of Pontefract Castle Displays
History of Pontefract Castle Displays

History of Pontefract Castle Displays

Delve into the history of the Key to the North

Welcome to the history of Pontefract Castle displays, an area of our Visitor Centre where you can delve into the extraordinary history and heritage of the castle.

We've unearthed some real treasures over the years, and you'll find some of the best - and most impressive - here, including the massive wheel of a cannon, and some truly terrifying-looking cannon balls to go with it. There are also pieces of armour, beautiful pottery, and some incredible siege coins, minted while Pontefract Castle was under attack during the Civil Wars. 

There's a copy of Alexander Keirincx's 1640 painting of the castle, so you can see how the mighty fortress would have looked at the height of its power.

Kids (and their grown-ups, too!) will be enthralled by our re-enactment videos of the people who lived and worked at the castle, and will love trying on all the costumes in our dressing-up corner, imagining themselves as brave knights, bold princesses and menacing dragons.

Dressing Up
History of Pontefract Castle Displays
History of Pontefract Castle Displays

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