Join the team for a tour of the castle dungeons. Soak in the atmosphere of this eerie underground space, discover the history of the dungeon and see where Civil War prisoners left to languish scratched their names into the rock.
We love the dungeon tours and know you will too!
Please read this information to make sure they are suitable for you and your group.
This tour is generally not suitable for young children and babies (under 5s).
Children and babies cannot be carried up or down the steps due to the risk of falling.
This tour involves going underground using steep steps. The dungeon floor is uneven. Sensible footwear is strongly recommended.
Tours last around 45 minutes.
Generally, tickets are non-refundable. If the Castle cancels the tour, your tickets will be refunded in this case.
Dogs are not allowed on the tour.
Unfortunately this tour is not accessible for blind / visually impaired visitors or wheelchair users. This is due to the low light levels, uneven ground and 44 steep historic steps down into the dungeon.
Alternatively, we offer Castle Explorer Tours every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 12 noon. These are fully level access and accessible for all. You can book these by going back to the main ticket page or at the Pontefract Castle Gift Shop.
Dogs and assistance animals cannot be allowed into the dungeon because of the steep steps.
The conditions in the dungeon are often damp and dark. This may make the tour uncomfortable for visitors with sensory hypersensitivities.
Filming or photography of our staff is not allowed.
Pontefract Castle car park is located on Beech Hill. This is a short distance from the castle entrance – a walk of around 5 minutes. The car park post code is WF8 2JF.
Contact Pontefract Castle
Call 01924 302700 and leave a message. Your call will be returned as soon as possible.
If you are calling outside of working hours, please try 01977 723440 for the Castle front desk.
You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note this email address is only monitored during office hours.
Venue opening hours
Monday : 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday : 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday : 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday : 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday : 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday : 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Sunday : 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
- Accessible Car Parking
- Accessible Toilet
- Baby Changing Facilities