Castleford Museum


Important Information

All Council museums and castles are closed until further notice.

​For further information visit our coronavirus page

​ ​Opening hours​​​ and location ​

​Monday and Tuesday​9:30am to 5pmCarlton St
WF10 1BB

01977 722085
​Thursday and Friday9:30am to 5pm
​Saturday9:30am to 4pm
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​Free entry

Castleford Forum Library and Museum has recently been extended and fully refurbished and is equipped to deliver an excellent modern and relevant service to the people of Castleford.

Elements of the old Carnegie Library, which first opened in 1905, have been retained and the building is now open plan with a lift to all three floors.

Highlights to explore

The Main Museum on the top floor invites visitors to follow the history of Castleford from the Bronze Age to the present day. Discover why the Castleford area was a great and important meeting place for Bronze Age people and view a unique and special Iron Age chariot. See objects from Roman Castleford when it was an important Roman town. And we must not forget marbles, rugby, mining, pottery and glass!

This new museum space also features four very special changing displays with content created in partnership with local groups and people. 

The Early Life of Henry Moore display in the local studies area highlights one of Castleford's most famous sons. It is illustrated with objects from the beginning of his career as a world famous artist, including his sculpture 'Working Model for Draped Reclining figure'.

It also includes his school friend Albert Wainwright's Castleford Sketchbook which records many of the places that Moore would have been familiar with when living in the town in the 1920s.

More information

See Castleford Museum on Experience Wakefield for information about exhibitions and events that are on now or coming up. Our 'What's on' leaflet contains details of events in all the District's museums, and our Wakefield Museums & Libraries Blog has all the latest news.

See our special Museum collections and find details of our Learning and activities at museums and castles.

Contact us

Museums and Libraries

Wakefield Council
Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Burton Street

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01924 302 104