Pontefract Museum

Salter Row, Pontefract WF8 1BA

Opening Times:

Mon - Fri 10.00 - 4.30pm

Sat 10.30 - 4.30

Sun Closed


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Explore the history of Pontefract Castle, from the construction of a wooden fort after the Battle of Hastings to its demolition by public request after the last siege of the Civil War. Find out more about Pontefractís growth because of the barracks, coal mine and liquorice manufacture. Discover Pontefractís other claims to fame such as the racecourse and the secret ballot act.

Contact Details:
General enquiries: 01977 722740
Educational enquiries: 01924 302700 Email: museumslearning@wakefield.gov. uk

Learning Programmes:

Wakefield Museums provide a range of schools workshops. These include:

- Toys and Games

- Meet the Tudors (role-play)

- Victorian Schoolroom (role-play)

Workshops are also available to accompany some temporary exhibitions. For more information, please contact the Museums team.


History Local History

Curriculum Links:

KS1/KS2/KS3/KS4 History

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