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Historical talk, Sun 10 Nov 2019, free entry

Tunnels Of Pontefract

Tunnels Of Pontefract


Castle Chain,
West Yorkshire,

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This short course is all about what lies beneath Pontefract, not the usual archaeology but the tunnels. Cities like Nottingham have well-known complexes of tunnels that have been researched by archaeologists. But Pontefract stands proud on a ridge above the surrounding landscape.

How much were tunnels used in the town? Hiding priests or smuggling contraband between pubs? Or how much do we know of the tunnels and countermeasures used in the Civil War? This is as much a chance to tell your stories as it is to listen to our tutor. What tales of tunnels do you know?

This course is suitable for beginners and improvers, no skills or experience needed.

Coach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groups

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Dates Times
Sun 10 Nov 2019 10:00 to 13:00


Free entry

Booking essential. Adults only.

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Plan route to Pontefract Castle using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SE 460222  Lat: 53.69421 Long: -1.30481

By Road:
M62 jct32
Continue onto Park Road (A639)
Turn left onto Southgate (A645)

For car parking:
Turn left onto North Baileygate. Car park located off Beech Hill. WF8 2JF

Disabled car-parking spaces are available at the Castle gates (approach via Spink Lane or Micklegate).

By Public Transport:
Nearest train station: Monkhill/Baghill Railway Station
Nearest bus station: Pontefract Bus Station

Walk from Pontefract town centre via Horsefair, Micklegate and Castle Chain.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Pontefract, Monkhill station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups