Pontefract Castle and Visitors Centre

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

Summer Opening ​
​Monday to Friday ​8.30am to 5pm
​Saturday and Sunday ​9.30am to 6.15pm

​Winter Opening
​Monday to Friday ​8.30am to 4.30pm
​Saturday and Sunday ​9.30am to 4.30pm

Visitor Centre Opening
​Wednesday to Sunday ​11am to 3pm
​Monday and Tuesday ​By request

Admission charges

Castle: Admission free
Dungeon tour
Adult: £2.20
Children: £1.10

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

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: Pontefract Castle

  • 12 — 13 September 2015

Historic craft demonstrations and hands on archaeology activities and re-enactors camp (12th September), re-enactors camp (13th September)

Tours of the conservation works and underground magazine available, tickets are free but available on the day only. Underground ticket numbers are limited.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Pontefract Castle and Visitors Centre
Pontefract Castle
Castle Chain
West Yorkshire

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014



Collections Information


Visitor Information





01977 723440

Castle Site/Enquiries

07808 573 952

School Bookings

01924 302 700

General Enquiries

01977 722 740

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