Castleford Museum

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Castleford museum

Young boy dressed in Roman Armour in the entrance to Castleford Museum

Contact Details:

01977 722084

museums@wakefield.gov.uk

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Visit Castleford Museum

Entrance is free

Opening hours – Reopening 17 May 2021

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Monday
​9:30am - 5pm
Tuesday
​9:30am - 5pm
Wednesday
​Closed
Thursday
​9:30am - 5pm
Friday
​9:30am - 5pm
Saturday
​9:30am - 4pm
Sunday
​Closed

Facilities and services

  • Café nearby
  • Parking nearby
  • Education facilities
  • Step free access in the museum
  • Hearing loop
  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Lift to the museum

Covid-19 measures

Good to goCastleford Museum has followed VisitEngland guidelines in order to ensure that it is safe to visit. This includes:

  • Social distancing
  • One way systems
  • Hand gel
  • Face coverings
  • Restricted numbers
  • Additional cleaning

Visitors do not need to book, but may be asked to wait if the museum is busy. Our quietest visiting times are between 9:30 and 11am.

On arrival you will need to wear a face covering, unless you are medically exempt.

Under the UK Government's NHS Test and Trace scheme we are also required to ask every visitor over the age of 16 to provide their name and contact details. These will be kept secure for 21 days before being destroyed.

To help keep visitors safe we have removed most of our interactive displays in the museum. However, the museum displays are still full of wonderful objects that tell the story of this historic town.

For more information about coming back to Castleford Museum please watch our short video

Address

Castleford Forum Museum and Library, Carlton Street, Castleford, WF10 1BB Get directions with Google Maps. Entrance is free

Getting there:

The museum is located a few minutes’ walk from the town centre. The museum can be found on the top floor of the Castleford Forum Museum and Library building, accessed via steps or lift.

Public Transport:

The museum is a 7 minute walk from Castleford Bus Station, and a 5 minute walk (0.3mile) from Castleford Railway Station.  For details about local buses and trains please see Metro

By Car and Coach:

Easily accessible from the M62 via Junction 32 along the A639 / A6539. Use WF10 1BB in your sat nav.  Get directions with Google Maps

Parking:

The nearest car park can be found at Aire Street car park at WF10 1JL
Alternative parking in Castleford

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Access

Accessible parking

  • The nearest parking is directly behind the museum and library building on Aire Street, WF10 1JL.

Assistance

  • Staff are on hand to help in any way we can. There is always a member of staff in the museum reception.
  • Volunteers are often in the building and are also available to help. They wear a green uniform

Moving around our spaces

  • The main museum is on floor 3 of the building, accessible by steps or a lift
  • The Henry Moore display can be found on floor 2 of the building
  • The exhibition areas are level throughout
  • Some of our exhibition spaces have low light levels to protect delicate objects on display
  • Sometimes our exhibitions include audio
  • We can provide chairs if you need to sit down during your visit

Toilets and baby changing

  • Public toilets and baby changing facilities can be found nearby in Carlton Lanes Shopping Centre
  • We do not have changing places facilities. The nearest changing places toilet can be found at Junction 32 Outlet Shopping Village, WF10 4FR, 1.8 miles away

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Things to see and do

Highlights

Roman Castleford

Did you know that Castleford was originally a Roman fort and settlement? Find out more about what is hidden beneath the current town.

A family looking at some tombstones in the Roman display at Castleford Museum

Iron Age Chariot

Find out more about this 2300 year old chariot and the man who was buried beneath it.

Two young girls looking at the remains of the Iron Age Chariot wheels at Castleford Museum

Henry Moore

Discover the early life of Castleford sculptor Henry Moore

A young boy with the Draped Reclining Figure sculpture by Henry Moore at Castleford Museum

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What's On

We have a regular programme of exhibitions, as well as online, drop in and bookable activities across all our museum and castle sites throughout the year. Please see ourDiscover the Extraordinary blog for all the latest news

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Learning

We can help you bring excitement to learning!

For more information about our learning programmes, flexible workshop sessions, loans boxes and free downloadable teaching resources please see our Museums Blog Pages or select the link below

Schools Learning Programmes

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Collections

Objects from the Wakefield Museums and Castles' collection

Since 1923, Wakefield Museums and Castles has collected over 110,000 fascinating objects that help to tell the story of the Wakefield District from the distant past to the present day.

Visit our Discover the Extraordinary blog to see more from our collections and explore resources created for you to enjoy at home or at school.

To donate an item to our collection or explore some of our online collections please click below

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Get involved

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About Us

Press and Media Enquiries

All Press and Media enquiries for Wakefield Museum should be made to the Press Office at pressoffice@wakefield.gov.uk