This historic market town has a population of around 29,000, with plenty of things to see and do. Excellent local schools and good transport links make it ideal for families and people working in Wakefield, Leeds and beyond.
There are plenty of shops, restaurants and entertainment options just a short journey away from Kingsfield. There is a Tesco Superstore and a Morrisons close by, as well as a variety of local stores.
Pontefract has a good selection of eateries. The Angel Inn pub serves home cooked fare, and Cromwell’s cafe boasts excellent breakfasts.
Those with an adventurous side can try skiing or snowboarding at Xscape in nearby Castleford where you will also find restaurants, shops, bars and a host of leisure activities including bowling and a cinema.
Pontefract Castle was once an important stronghold and is mentioned in William Shakespeare’s play Richard III. The ruins of the castle still stands to this day.
Pontefract has long been famous for its liquorice production, giving its name to ‘Pontefract Cakes’; the town still hosts an annual liquorice festival.
The town has a rich sporting heritage producing several well-known sportsmen including England bowler Tim Bresnan. It is home to a squash centre, a rugby league club and non-league football club Pontefract Collieries FC. Pontefract Racecourse covers two miles and 125 yards, making it the longest continuous horse racing circuit in Europe.