Pontefract Castle and Visitors Centre

Pontefract Castle and Visitors Centre
Pontefract Castle
Castle Chain
West Yorkshire

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Pontefract Castle Information


Collections Information


Visitor Information





Castle Site/Enquiries

01977 723 440

Castle Site/Enquiries

07808 573 952

School Bookings

01924 302 700

General Enquiries

01977 722 740


01977 722 742

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Keep Tower at Pontefract Castle
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Remains of medieval Royal Castle, which was one of the most important fortresses in Britain. The Visitors Centre has an education room which includes displays on the Castle's history and a shop with gifts and refreshments. In the Magazine visitors can see where prisoners were kept during the Civil War in the seventeenth century and the graffiti they left behind.

Venue Type:

Castle or defences

Opening hours

The opening hours change when British Summer Time begins and ends.

Summer Opening Hours
Mon-Fri 08.30-17.00
Sat-Sun 09.30-18.15
A Magazine Tour is available at 15:30 Wed-Sun.

Winter Opening Hours
Mon-Fri 08.30-Dusk
Sat-Sun 09.30-Dusk
A Magazine Tour is available at 15:00 Wed-Sun.

For Magazine Tours large groups and school groups should telephone at least 24 hours in advance.

The Visitors Centre is open Wed-Sun 11.00-15.00 (by request only Mon & Tues).

Admission charges

Castle: Admission free
Magazine tours: Adults £2.00
Concessions: £1.00

Additional info

Please telephone the School Bookings line for all educational visits and enquiries.

Collection details

Archaeology, Architecture, Industry, Social History, Trade and Commerce, Weapons and War