The Castle in Pontefract

Important Information

​ ​Opening hours​​​ and location ​

​Monday to Friday​8:30am to 4:30pmCastle Lodge, Castle Garth
Pontefract WF8 1QH
​Saturday and Sunday9:30am to 4:30pm
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Known at the Key to the North, this Royal Castle was one of the most important fortresses in the country.

Pontefract Castle is now a ruin, but visitors can walk around the site where they are treated to superb views of Pontefract and beyond. Admission is free.  Picnickers and dog walkers are welcome.

The Visitor Centre includes a shop and a display on the history of the castle and a new guide book is available.

Events and activities take place each year - further details available on our Facebook page and Experience Wakefield.

2016  - building works update

Throughout 2016 and early 2017 there will be major building and conservation works taking place at the castle which will affect access to some areas of the site.  For more information see the Pontefract Castle development page.

Getting there

Bus routes: To Pontefract Bus Station from Wakefield /Knottingley 148,149 and 150 from Castleford 125, 134, 135, 136. From Ackworth 28, X28, 49, 249. (The castle is a 6 minute walk from Pontefract bus station)

The castle is 0.4 miles from Pontefract bus station, Baghill railway station and Monkhill railway station and one mile from Tanshelf railway station. 

Sat-Nav users should use WF8 2JF for our car park, additionally two disabled visitor spaces are located at WF8 1QH

Contact us

Pontefract Castle

Castle Chain
Car park postcode: WF8 2JF
School visits tel: 01924 302700

01977 723440