Places

Once known as the Key to the North, Pontefract is now a thriving market town with many stories to tell. From horse racing and secret ballots to King Richard II and liquorice roots, there's plenty to discover.

Explore the town centre, discover hidden treasures at independent boutiques, browse the colourful stalls of the bustling market and enjoy afternoon tea with a warm Yorkshire welcome at a local cafe.

Take a walk down to Pontefract Castle and see the multi-million pound conservation project in action. Watch experts carefully preserve the ruins of the castle and see for yourself how the 19th century blacksmith's workshop has been transformed into a stunning Visitor Centre, including cafe, gift shop and learning zone - opening this autumn.

Notice that sweet smell in the air? That’s the delicious liquorice that’s still made in the area. Make sure you don’t leave without a pack of Pontefract Cakes, it’s a must! Love liquorice? Then you’ll love the annual Liquorice Festival held in the heart of Pontefract each July.

Feeling lucky? Head to Pontefract Racecourse with the longest flat, circular course in Europe. Racing has taken place in the town since 1648 and continues to be a lively pastime today. Whether it’s a day out with the family, an afternoon with the girls or a romantic evening you’re after, Pontefract Races is definitely the place to go for that something special!