Pontefract Castle, Castle Chain

Pontefract Castle, Castle Chain, Pontefract, Wakefield WF8 1QH

Once hailed as the Key to the North, this historically important fortress has seen many changes over the centuries and has some captivating stories to tell. From battles and sieges, starvation and destruction to royal infidelity and the cultivation of liquorice, you'll be surprised at what these walls have seen! Tread in the footsteps of kings and queens and explore the historic ruins of the castle. Come and play in our wide open space, experience the darkness of the dungeon and don't forget to pop into our visitor centre or gift shop where we offer a range of souvenirs and a selection of hot and cold drinks and snacks. Early next year will see the end of a major conservation project, when visitors will again have access to all of the site and will be able to go into the Sally Port for the first time in hundreds of years.

Opening Arrangements

1.10.2023-31.03.2024: Castle Grounds - Mon-Fri 8.30am-4.30pm; Sat-Sun 9.30am-4.30pm. Visitor Centre and Gift Shop: Wed-Sun 10am-4pm. Castle Coffee Shop: Wed-Sun 11am-3pm. 01.04.2024 - 30.09.2024: Castle Grounds - Mon-Fri 8.30am-5pm; Sat-Sun 9.30am-5pm. Visitor Centre and Gift Shop: Tue-Sun 11am-4pm. Castle Coffee Shop: Tues-Sun 11am-3pm.

Parking Spaces


Free car park is available below the castle at WF8 2JF, with two blue badge spaces directly outside the main gates.