West Yorkshire market town of Pontefract
 
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Pontefract Attractions and Places of Interest

PONTEFRACT CASTLE

Pontefract Castle, Castle Chain Pontefract, WF8 1QH
Tel: 01977 723440

School Visits
Tel: 01977 305902

Free Admission

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday 8.30am to Dusk 
Saturday & Sunday 10.00am to Dusk

Facilities:
Visitors Centre & Shop
Wheelchair access to much of the castle and toilets.
Disabled car park outside the castle gates.

Pontefract Castle was one of the most important administrative centres in the country during the Middle Ages. It became a Royal castle in 1399, upon the accession of Henry Bolinbroke to the throne. Richard II subsequently died in the Castle the following year after being one of many important prisoners to lodge there.

Events and Exhibitions

Underground Magazine Tours

The cellars of the 11th Century great hall were used as a magazine (military store) from medieval times through to the English Civil War period. You can visit the underground magazine cut out of the solid rock and see where Civil War prisoners carved their names into the cell walls.

Magazine tours are available during the school holidays and Summer weekends.

Groups can tour the magazine at any time, by prior appointment by phoning 01977 723440.

It is advisable to telephone to confirm availability of the tours.

Magazine Tours Admission Charges:
Adults 1.00, Concessions 50p.


 

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