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Pontefract Castle

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Address: Castle Chain, Pontefract, England
Phone Number:
+44 1924 307825
08:30 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 08:30 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 09:30 - 18:15

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I'm not a castle type of gal but I wanted to take the children somewhere I would never usually go. I lived in Pontefract for a long time yet never visited the castle. It was a... read more

Reviewed 12 March 2017
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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123 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice attraction and its free so all the better. Facilities are no great but are being improved. Lovely place for a picnic.

Thank MadamPC
Level Contributor
12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Though most of the castle was knocked down centuries ago you can still get a really good feel from this old building. The interpretation boards give you good quality information and help you create a picture of what the place must have been like. The views are pretty stunning as well

Thank Stephen C
Pontefract, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017

Wow, what an unexpected pleasure visiting this historic castle. We went on the guided tour which was very affordable and recommended and went underground. The current improvements will certainly be of spectacular benefit once they have been complete which won't be long. Fascinating and impressive.

Thank David_Gray_TV
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3 reviews
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

I'm not a castle type of gal but I wanted to take the children somewhere I would never usually go. I lived in Pontefract for a long time yet never visited the castle. It was a really interesting time. Visit the little shop, really read what's there. It's great.

Thank janehand
Pontefract, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

straight up the actual castle walls are secured building areas but the central field is still open large and very flat so great for a gentle stroll or the kids to have a good run around like we did today there are also picnic tables to take your lunch you can purchase hot and cold drinks on site if you... More 

Thank laylanmummyluvdisney
Manchester, United Kingdom
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99 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

When we visited the place was a building site and the builders had gone bankrupt we were told. There is effectively no place inside open as such and any view is obstructed by fencing. That's not the fault of the heritage people its just a fact. All that said from the plans it will be first class once the work... More 

2 Thank kandaharG28
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Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Pontefract castle was the most reveared castle in the country. Many royals visited it and some died in it. King Richard the 2nd was the most famous. Some historians say he was murdered but it was believed he was starved to death in one of the dungeons.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Salford, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017

Although much of the castle is undergoing restoration the cellar tour is definitely worth a trip. Staff were passionate and knowledgeable and told some brilliant stories about the castles history. There are cellar tours everyday at 3pm. You can see graffiti from the civil war and hear about Kings from the Middle Ages who lived and died at Pontefract Castle.... More 

1 Thank RoseStano
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43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Nothing happening - company doing work has apparently gone bust so there is nothing to see and no timetable for recommencement

Thank IanGoodwin
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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1,050 reviews
644 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 469 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Visited Pontefract and headed for the castle which is only a short walk from the town centre and well signposted. It is at the present time having lots of restoration work done together with the building of a new larger visitor centre. We popped into the existing one to check if it was still ok to walk around the site.... More 

1 Thank 2014Jandy

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