Visitor Centre
Visitor Centre

Visitor Centre

Coronavirus Information

All Wakefield Council museums and castles are currently closed until further notice.

Pontefract Castle visitor centre and grounds will be closed to the public from Saturday 21 March, until further notice. We look forward to welcoming you back to Pontefract Castle at the earliest safe opportunity.

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Visitor Centre

Welcome to our light and airy Visitor Centre!

Once the blacksmith's workshop, this beautiful building is now your one-stop-shop for information and activities to enhance your visit to the castle.

The Gift Shop offers a range of souvenirs, gift ideas and children’s toys that are perfect for pocket money budgets.

Purchase your tickets for our Dungeon Tours here! The tours take place at 1:15pm most Fridays, every Saturday and Sunday and last around 40 minutes. (£3.00 Adults / £1.50 Children).

Pop into the Activity Zone with your little ones to take part in our free, regular craft activities or let them have a go at one of our worksheets!

Want to know more about the castle? You're in the right place! Our History of Pontefract Castle displays help you discover some of the fascinating stories about past residences of this once-mighty fortress.

Our friendly team are on hand to welcome you and share their knowledge of both the castle and the local area. Ask one of the team for details of what's on at the castle and a visitor map for nearby Pontefract town centre.

Need some sustenance as you explore the castle? Head to The Liquorice Café who serve a range of hot and cold refreshments to make the most of your visit.

Our visitor centre is fully accessible to those with walking difficulties or visitors in wheelchairs. We offer free Wi-Fi throughout - so don’t forget to review us on Trip Advisor, Facebook or tweet your photos to @PonteCastle!

Visitor Centre is opening times can be found here.

The Liquorice Café

Visitor Centre

Gift Shop

History of Pontefract Castle

Activity Zone