Pontefract Castle

Learn more about visiting Pontefract Castle, Key to the North! Find out our opening hours, access information, things to see and do and stories from the Castle’s incredible history.

A picture of Pontefract castle with the flag of England
  • Visit Pontefract Castle

    Built in 1070 by Ilbert de Lacy, Pontefract Castle has many stories to tell. Find out the opening hours for the Castle Grounds, Visitor Centre and Gift Shop and Castle Coffee Shop here.
  • How to get to Pontefract Castle

    Get directions to Pontefract Castle by public transport and private transport and find out information about parking spaces.
  • Access at Pontefract Castle

    Find out our full access information for visiting Pontefract Castle, including moving around our spaces, toilets and accessible parking.
  • Things to see and do at Pontefract Castle

    Find out all of the fantastic things to see and do at Pontefract Castle, including bookable Dungeon Tours!
  • Pontefract Castle stories

    Known since the 13th century as the Key to the North, Pontefract Castle has been at the centre of some of English history’s most important events.
  • Museums and Castles Events

    Browse the exciting range of upcoming events and activities across our Museums and Castles sites.
  • Schools Information

    We can help you bring the excitement to learning! Find out about our bookable primary and secondary school workshops at our Museums and Castle sites here.
  • Volunteering at our Museums and Castles

    Find out about our many different volunteering opportunities across our sites here.

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