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 people made British political history. See how the town grew thanks to the sweet success of liquorice.

Step inside the beautiful art nouveau building and find out more about the rich history of Pontefract. From liquorice to glass making, there’s lots to see.

Highlights at the museum include The Ackworth Hoard (made up of 52 gold coins, 539 silver coins and a gold ring, all dating from the Civil War) and The Pontefract Gallery, telling the story of Pontefract and its people, which boasts the world’s first secret ballot box and a unique display of objects related to liquorice.

Relaxed Openings

Every Tuesday from 2pm – 4pm at Pontefract Museum is a relaxed opening session.

You can explore the Museum in a quieter, more relaxed setting and everybody is welcome! This means that any loud noises will be turned down or turned off. It will not be busy.

You can be yourself. We have fidget and sensory objects to help you relax and explore. There is an extra quiet space if you need it. You can also try our activity sheets and crafts. We will have reduced noise from sounds and videos and low lighting levels.

Entry is still free. You do not need to book.

Email any suggestions for our Relaxed Openings to museumslearning@wakefield.gov.uk

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Venue opening hours

Monday : 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Tuesday : 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Wednesday : 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Thursday : 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Friday : 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Saturday : 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Sunday : Closed

    Access facilities

  • Accessible Toilet
  • Assistance Dogs Welcome
  • Baby Changing Facilities
  • Hearing Aid Loop
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Venue Details

Find us at

5 Salter Row, Pontefract, WF8 1BA





Venue Facilities

  • Good To Go
  • Toilets