Pontefract Castle, Castle Chain Pontefract, WF8 1QH
Tel: 01977 723440
Tel: 01977 305902
Monday to Friday 8.30am to Dusk
Saturday & Sunday 10.00am to Dusk
Visitors Centre & Shop
Wheelchair access to much of the castle and toilets.
Disabled car park outside the castle gates.
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
It is advisable to telephone to confirm availability of the tours.
Magazine Tours Admission Charges:
Adults £1.00, Concessions 50p.