Pontefract Castle, Pontefract - Wakefield

Substantial ruins comprising motte, bailey and Saxon cemetery. The Castle is subject to a £3 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund match funded by Wakefield Council and Historic England. A new visitor centre opened in 2017 and consolidation of the ruins is well advanced.

Pontefract Castle, Pontefract - Wakefield
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Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: Pontefract Castle: part of late Saxon cemetery and town ditch, Norman motte and bailey castle and later medieval enclosure castle
  • Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
  • List Entry Number: 1010127
  • Local Planning Authority: Wakefield
  • Site Type: Defence > Castle


  • Building Name: Pontefract Castle
  • Locality: Pontefract
  • County: West Yorkshire
  • District / Borough: Wakefield
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford
  • Region: Yorkshire

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Building or structure
  • Condition: Poor
  • Occupancy / Use: Not applicable
  • Priority: F - Repair scheme in progress and (where applicable) end use or user identified; or functionally redundant buildings with new use agreed but not yet implemented.
  • Previous Priority: F
  • Ownership: Local authority
  • Designation: Scheduled Monument, CA

Contact Details

Zoe Kemp 01904 601911

Next steps

Read more about this historic site on the National Heritage List for England