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Pontefract Castle

Castle Chain, Pontefract, England
+44 1977 723440
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Don’t visit yet..........

What is being done will make this a great place to visit in time - just don’t go yet. Every part of... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
paulpb54
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Wickersley, United Kingdom
Close to being good or better!

This is a really special setting and the food is OK, the coffee is excellent - but the way you get... read more

Reviewed 11 January 2018
davidpN4755LU
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Pontefract, England, United Kingdom
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Castle Chain, Pontefract, England
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"information boards"
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"civil war"
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"great place to visit"
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"english history"
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"guided tour"
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"steeped in history"
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"lovely place for a picnic"
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"symphony orchestra"
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"building site"
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"renovation work"
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"short walk from the town centre"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What is being done will make this a great place to visit in time - just don’t go yet. Every part of the Castle is fenced off with work ongoing. The only part accessible is the green in the middle. The website makes reference to...More

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Reviewed 11 January 2018

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
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Reviewed 1 January 2018 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

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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

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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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
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Marie T
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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
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Mary M
15 September 2017|
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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
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