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Pontefract Castle

Pontefract Castle

Welcome to Pontefract Castle.

Once hailed as the Key to the North, this historically important fortress has seen many changes over the centuries and has some captivating stories to tell. From battles and sieges, starvation and destruction to royal infidelity and the cultivation of liquorice, you'll be surprised at what these walls have seen!

Tread in the footsteps of Kings and Queens and explore the historic ruins of the castle. Come and play in our wide open space, experience the darkness of the dungeon and don’t forget to pop into our visitor centre or gift shop where we offer a range of souvenirs and a selection of hot and cold drinks and snacks.

This year will see the end of a major conservation project, we have made some fascinating discoveries along the way and look forward to sharing them with you.

While the final works at the castle are completed, some areas within the grounds are closed. We are still open and our team are happy to help visitors explore the site and recommend calling in advance so we can let you know what's happening.

Entrance to the castle is FREE and we’re open throughout the year. We have an exciting range of events, activities and workshops coming up over the next few months to entertain you and your family. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

What's On at the Castle

Dungeon Tours

If you're feeling brave enough, explore the castle underground on one of our Dungeon Tours. Tours take place every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are available from the gift shop inside the Visitors Centre.