Overview & description

Pontefract Castle is a place to discover, explore and image. Once known as the Key to the North and one of the most important fortresses in the north of England, Pontefract Castle 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 has taken place in Pontefract!

The most recent chapter in the castle’s history is a major conservation project to preserve the castle for the future.  A 19th century barn, once home to a blacksmith’s workshop is now a state of the art visitor centre and a central hub of the castle. Visitors can explore the fascinating museum displays and learn about the long and turbulent history of the castle. The new gift shop has a colourful range of books, toys and souvenirs and a great selection of armour for any budding knights who visit.

The Liquorice Café offers a welcome break with indoor and outdoor seating and a tempting array of delectable treats.

The historic ruins of Pontefract Castle provide the perfect backdrop for a range of exciting events and activities throughout the year. From the grandeur of the spectacular Proms in the Castle, and the wonderful wide open space for games and battle re-enactments, to the eerie darkness of the mysterious dungeon.

While the final conservation works continue, some parts of the castle may not be accessible until early next year, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had! 

Pontefract Castle is a great place to visit with children. With free entry, lots of space to run and play and an action packed programme of events, workshops and activities, it offers a great value day out for the whole family.

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