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Pontefract Castle

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Address: Castle Chain, Pontefract, England
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+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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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 October 2016
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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882 reviews
545 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 391 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank 2014Jandy
Rotherham, England, United Kingdom
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126 reviews
121 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

I last visited Pontefract Castle 2 years ago, as part of an exploration of the geology and historic stone buildings of Pontefract – to identify potential field trip localities for groups of Geotourists from both Spain and Italy who have expressed an interest in visiting Yorkshire. Although I explored the ruins of the castle and had a good look at... More 

Thank ScottEngering
Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom
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393 reviews
230 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

I once went inside one of the private houses named Castle Chain which are adjacent to the actual Pontefract Castle ruins. it belonged to a couple of antique-dealer friends but they didn't live there long as it was said to be haunted and it did actually feel really spooky in there, particularly the upstairs gallery! Eeek. Anyway, this time round... More 

Thank JuneBug1939
Pontefract, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

At the Castle I was given a fantastic talk about the black monk who haunts the museum and gift shop, I also enjoyed a walk down the magazine and was able to have a glimpse into the olden days of pontefract. This is enjoyed because we were able to recreate how it would have been when people would've been down.... More 

Thank MelanieClare101
Castleford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

When you start to delve into the history of Pontefract Castle you start to realise what a major part it has played in English history. The ruins (thanks to the Roundheads) are just a shadow of what an imposing building it used to be. Anybody that is into English history can gain so much from a visit. There seems to... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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64 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

I didn't, the know this existed till I saw it on TV and there is a lot more of it than I has seen. It is under a lot of work and they are going to open a museum and visitor centre so that will be good when it's finished. Will have to come back then

Thank eunice38
Wakefield, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

This caslte is a fantastic medievil buiding,it held many sodiers in its time.it was attact in numbers but never taken ,the people itself destroyed the casle as they were fed up with being attact,it now is a tourist atraction,you can go underground an visit the dungeons&powder storages,the castle is under contruction,re,building its castle walls

Thank alan m
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Always well organised and reminds/ educates the future generations of the history of the castle and town. Sadly the years and other historical events have reduced its once boldness. But it still stands and is a testimonial to the town and it's people.

Thank Christina L
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6 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

myself and my family visited the site. mmuch of the site is currently fenced off to the public for renovation and repairs. rather than doing the work in stages where parts could still be explored all of the catle walls etc are fenced off.my advice would be give this year a miss if your wanting to exore and enquire what... More 

Thank shaun asquith

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