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Welcome to Pontefract.
Located in the heart of West Yorkshire, this historic market town is home to the picturesque ruins of one of England’s most important castles (once known as “The Key To The North”) as well as a brace of beautiful parks, some outstanding examples of Georgian architecture, and a whole host of independent boutiques and coffee shops.
Pontefract’s got history galore – the site of the first secret ballot, this is a place where the country’s fate was decided more than once; uncover its story at Pontefract Museum.
Sports fans take note – the town is also home to Pontefract Racecourse, the longest continuous flat racing circuit in Europe.
Rogerthorpe Manor Hotel BW Signature CollectionThorpe Lane, Badsworth,, Pontefract, WF9 1AB, United Kingdom
Pontefract RacecoursePontefract Racecourse, Pontefract Park, Park Road, Pontefract, WF8 4QD, United Kingdom
Pontefract Flat Race Evening at Pontefract Racecourse on Friday, May 26, 2023
Date & Time:May 26th, 2023 4:00pm
Pontefract Flat Race at Pontefract Racecourse on Tuesday, April 11, 2023
Date & Time:April 11th, 2023 12:00pm
Pontefract Flat Race at Pontefract Racecourse on Wednesday, May 3, 2023
Date & Time:May 3rd, 2023 12:00pm
Getting to Pontefract – Map
Pontefract is found in between Knottingley, Castleford and Featherstone, handily positioned at the crossing of the M62 and M1 motorways, making it extremely accessible by a motor vehicle.
It’s south east of Leeds, which is only 15 minutes away, and directly East of Wakefield, which is even closer, making it within easy reach of much of West Yorkshire.
What’s Pontefract famous for?
Ponte Cakes – a type of liquorice confectionery. There is also a castle in the town, coal mining heritage and a horse-racing track.
Who was killed at Pontefract Castle?
Catherine Howard and Thomas Culpeper were both executed in 1541 for treason against King Henry VIII, who had been visiting the castle.
Take a trip to see “Cas Tigers” Rugby League, at Castleford, or head for a day’s shopping in Leeds. If its adventure, or family activities you are after, just outside Pontefract, next to the motorway, you can spend some time in Xscape Yorkshire where you’ll find real snow, climbing experiences, great food and drink, across the road from the outlet shopping at junction 32.