Visit Pontefract Castle

The Castle Coffee Shop at Pontefract Castle will be closed from Saturday 17 February until Tuesday 26 March.

This is due to ongoing staff sickness absence.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this temporary closure may cause.

The rest of the site will be open as normal.

Museums and Castles Events

We have a regular programme of events and activities at the Castle throughout the year.

A stone wall of the Pontefract castle

Visit Pontefract Castle

Visit Pontefract Castle, Key to the North! Built in 1070 by Ilbert de Lacy, it has many stories to tell. It was a prison for Richard II, immortalised in Shakespeare's plays, and an important fortress during the English Civil Wars.

Which parts of its history will you discover?

Opening hours

Castle Grounds

The Pontefract Castle Grounds are open every day. Entrance is free.

Day

Opening hours

Monday

8:30am - 4:30pm

Tuesday

8:30am - 4:30pm

Wednesday

8:30am - 4:30pm

Thursday

8:30am - 4:30pm

Friday

8:30am - 4:30pm

Saturday

9:30am - 4:30pm

Sunday

9:30am - 4:30pm

Last entry to the Castle Grounds is 30 minutes before closing

Visitor Centre and Gift Shop

 

Day

Opening hours

Monday

Closed

Tuesday

Closed

Wednesday

10am - 4pm

Thursday

10am - 4pm

Friday

10am - 4pm

Saturday

10am - 4pm

Sunday

10am - 4pm

Castle Coffee Shop

 

Day Opening hours
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed

Facilities and services

  • Free parking
  • Free family activities and resources
  • Education visits
  • Guided tours
  • Accessible toilet
  • Hearing loop
  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Dogs welcome on a lead

All Press and Media enquiries for any of our sites should be made to the Press Office at pressoffice@wakefield.gov.uk

Contact Us

Pontefract Castle, Castle Chain, Pontefract, West Yorkshire WF8 1QH Car Park: WF8 2JF

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