Castleford Museum


Important Information

Following recent guidance from the Government on reopening, all Council museums plan to reopen in May.

Pontefract Castle grounds and toilets are open as normal and the Liquorice Café is serving takeaway food and drink. Please see for details of opening hours

Sandal Castle grounds remain open as normal and the Castle Café is open Friday to Monday 9:30am to 2:30pm.

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​ ​Opening hours​​​ and location ​

​Monday and Tuesday​10am to 3pmCarlton St
WF10 1BB

01977 722085
​Thursday and Friday10am to 3pm
​Saturday10am to 3pm
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The museum is Covid-19 Secure and is re-opening on 3 August.

This means that it uses social distancing and other guidelines to protect the health of everyone. Staff will greet each visitor to explain viewing arrangements.

Key things to note:

  • There is a one-way system in effect.
  • The maximum number of visitors is either up to three family groups or 15 people at any one time.
  • Informational signs are installed to assist visitors navigate the museum.
  • Hand-sanitiser is available at the entrance for use by visitors.
  • All events and activities have been temporarily suspended. This includes workshops, talks, and drop-in craft sessions.
  • All interactive resources have been temporarily removed from public spaces.
  • Some of the activity tables have been temporarily removed to allow additional space for staff and visitors.

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