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Pontefract Castle

Castle Chain, Pontefract, England
+44 1924 307825
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This is a really special setting and the food is OK, the coffee is excellent - but the way you get... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Pontefract, England, United Kingdom
We had a great time

We had a great time there .There's loads to see and do .the kids loved it .There's room for parking... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Normanton, United Kingdom
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Castle Chain, Pontefract, England
Castle Chain, Pontefract, England
+44 1924 307825
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a really special setting and the food is OK, the coffee is excellent - but the way you get fed leaves a lot to be desired. The signage is truly awful - there should be a menu or chalkboard visible as you queue....More

Thank davidpN4755LU
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great time there .There's loads to see and do .the kids loved it .There's room for parking there's loads of interest and do .we will be going back .they put loads of events on there .wish it was still standing

Thank luckyman545720
Reviewed 15 November 2017

It might have said on the website - apart from a bit of tower and a few bits of wall there is nothing visible as the biggest bits of ruins are completely covered in scaffolding, and the bits of wall are fenced off. Extremely limited...More

Thank Claudie213
Reviewed 15 October 2017

There must have been thousands of people who attended this event. It was a calm, dry warm night for a change. All gathered up at Pontefract Catle where they were able to get lanterns from the Pontrefract "lioness'es" who had organised the event. Face painters...More

1  Thank johnbarrett07
Reviewed 8 October 2017

Five of us went to celebrate a 92nd birthday. It was the first time the Café had provided an afternoon tea and what an excellent job they made of it.

2  Thank Sylvia C
Reviewed 2 October 2017

This once awesome castle, steeped in history is completely inaccessible to visitors due to the extensive restoration work. Even the information panels were outside of the security fencing. This is not explained on their website. To compound our completely wasted journey, we endured a tour...More

Thank SGM63
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

Being from Pontefract I’ve known the castle in it’s neglected state. Yes, there are restoration works going on but at least we know something is being done! The visitors centre is great, the dungeon tour was excellent and the cafe is brilliant. The staff in...More

2  Thank CJh88
Reviewed 18 September 2017

I think it is unfortunate that there is no current indication anywhere online that this potentially excellent castle ruins is inaccessible to anyone due to ongoing restoration work, had we known this we would not have bothered visiting today,the cafe and limited visitor centre were...More

1  Thank kathray2015
Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

The sun was shining & decided to take some relatives to the castle after googling the history ~ Its certainly a work in progress and with a 3.4 million pound budget ~ We had a great few hours there they have lots of projects you...More

1  Thank Celia B
Reviewed 26 August 2017

Unfortunately when we visited there was a lot of scaffolding up so we couldn't get to a lot of it but it is an interesting place, has a nice visitor centre with excellent little café, informative exhibition, will revisit when scaffolding down

1  Thank Ravenshead
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Mary M
15 September 2017|
Response from Laura W |
Dogs on leads are welcome in the Castle, however at the moment they are not allowed in the activity center, the shop or the cafe. You can however have a coffee and something to eat if you wish outside the cafe in our seating... More
Mary M
15 September 2017|
Response from Laura W |
Dogs on leads are welcome at the castle, however they are not permitted in the activity center, shop or cafe at the moment. We do however have a seating area outside the cafe where you are most welcome to come along have a... More
28 May 2017|
Response from laylanmummyluvdisney | Reviewed this property |
entrance to the castle is free the magazine/dungeon tour is about £3 an adult