Museums and castles

Wakefield Library and Museum - a new chapter

We need your help to shape an exciting new library and museum for the Wakefield district. Wakefield Council is creating an exciting and innovative new library and museum in the heart of Wakefield City Centre.

Wakefield has a great range of free cultural places for you to visit. Learn more about the museums and castles in the Wakefield District.

  • Pontefract Castle

    The Key to the North! Built in 1070 by Ilbert de Lacy, Pontefract Castle has many stories to tell.
    Pontefract castle on a sunny day with blue skies
  • Pontefract Museum

    Visit Pontefract Museum and learn all about the town’s eventful history! Discover Pontefract's royal links, from the Domesday Book to the Civil Wars.
    A man and a woman with two young boys looking at liquorice shelves
  • Wakefield Museum

    Discover the fascinating history of our city at work and play at Wakefield Museum! Follow its growth to the capital of Yorkshire’s West Riding.
    A child and a lady looking into Wakefield Museums archives
  • Castleford Museum

    Explore 15,000 years of local history at Castleford Museum! See amazing objects left behind by prehistoric tribes and Roman soldiers.
    A child wearing a Roman helmet and armour holding a small sword and an axe in front of a Castleford Museum display
  • Sandal Castle

    The scene of the Battle of Wakefield in 1460! Sandal Castle was a favourite of Richard III.
    A man and a woman along with a toddler walking on a pavement in sandal castle
  • Wakefield Museums and Castles Collections

    We have over 110,000 fascinating objects in our collections! Explore them online and find out how to get in touch with our Collections Team.
    Two men, one wearing protective gloves, holding up an artifact in a museum setting

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