History of Pontefract Castle Displays
History of Pontefract Castle Displays

History of Pontefract Castle Displays

January Update

In line with Government guidance Pontefract Castle grounds are open as normal and the Liquorice Café is serving takeaway food and drink.

The Gift shop will open from 13 April.

Our toilets are OPEN but our play area and activity zone are CLOSED.

To ensure that the castle remains safe and enjoyable for everyone, please stick to social distancing guidelines and limits on meeting others.

For more information from Wakefield Council, visit: http://bit.ly/CoronaWFD

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!) will love roaming the grounds while imagining themselves as brave knights, bold princesses and menacing dragons.

Pontefract Castle Archaeology Display
History of Pontefract Castle Displays
History of Pontefract Castle Displays

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