PONTEFRACT, WEST YORKSHIRE
Pontefract Castle was once one of the greatest fortresses in England. You can explore the underground magazine which was cut out of the solid rock – and see where Civil War prisoners carved their names into the cell walls.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
Assist dogs allowed
- Due to the historic nature of the site some parts are on steep slopes or have access via steps
- Facilities: Ramp available for the the visitor centre
- Opening Times: Open summer Mon–Fri 8.30–5, Sat–Sun 9.30–6.15, winter Mon–Fri 8.30–4.30, Sat–Sun 9.30–4.30
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About The area
Discover West Yorkshire
Everybody knows that Yorkshire has some special landscapes. The Dales and the Moors first spring to mind, but what about West Yorkshire? That’s Leeds and Bradford isn’t it? Back-to-back houses and blackened mills… Certainly if you had stood on any of the hills surrounding Hebden Bridge a hundred years ago, and gazed down into the valley, all you would have seen was the pall of smoke issuing from the chimneys of 33 textile mills. But thankfully, life changes very quickly in West Yorkshire. The textile trade went into terminal decline, the mills shut down forever and in a single generation Hebden Bridge became a place that people want to visit.
The surrounding countryside offers walking every bit as good as the more celebrated Yorkshire Dales; within minutes you can be tramping across the moors. And this close proximity of town and country is repeated all across West Yorkshire. There’s such diversity in the area that you can find yourself in quite unfamiliar surroundings, even close to places you may know very well. Take time to explore this rich county and you will be thrilled at what you find to shatter old myths and preconceptions.
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