Welcome to Pontefract.


Located in the heart of West Yorkshire, this historic market town is home to the picturesque ruins of one of England’s most important castles (once known as “The Key To The North”) as well as a brace of beautiful parks, some outstanding examples of Georgian architecture, and a whole host of independent boutiques and coffee shops.


The town has history galore – the site of the first secret ballot, this is a place where the country’s fate was decided more than once; uncover its story at Pontefract Museum.


Sports fans take note – the town is also home to Pontefract Racecourse, the longest continuous flat racing circuit in Europe.
Cross Keys
Cross Keys is a lovely family run traditional pub, serving quality food and a great selection of drinks. Families and dog’s welcome. F...

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Castle Pontefract Castle

Pontefract Castle

Located in the historic market town of Pontefract, from its construction in 1070 to its demise following the Civil...

Racecourse Pontefract Racecourse

Pontefract Racecourse

If it’s an equine experience you’re after then Pontefract Racecourse will not disappoint! The racing season which ...

Things To Do Pontefract Museum

Pontefract Museum

Visit Pontefract Museum and learn all about the town’s eventful history! Discover Pontefract’s royal links, from the Domesday Book to the Civil Wars. Find out how local peo...

Farmer Copleys

Farmer Copleys

Farmer Copleys is a family run farm shop, Moo Café, function space and events centre based between Pontefract

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