In the Middle Ages, Pontefract Castle was one of the most important fortresses in the country.
It became a royal castle in 1399, upon the accession of Henry Bolinbroke to the throne. Richard II subsequently died in the castle the following year after being one of many important prisoners to lodge there.
During the English Civil War it was held by the King's supporters throughout three sieges, but as a result, after 1649, it was largely demolished.
The castle is now a Scheduled Monument and the preservation of the site is therefore a key priority. The remains of the castle, and the underground magazine chamber, are open to visitors.
- Future developments
We are working alongside English Heritage to carry out major improvement works at Pontefract Castle. Find out more below
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