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Welcome to Pontefract. Located in the heart of West Yorkshire, this historic market town is home to the impressive ruins of one of England’s most important castles, as well as beautiful parks, some incredible Georgian architecture, and a whole host of independent boutiques and coffee shops.

With plenty of good and outstanding OFSTED rated schools, it’s also the perfect place to settle down and raise a family.

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Living in Pontefract

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Things to do

Take a trip back in time as you explore the town’s rich history at the Pontefract Museum. Learn about Pontefract’s Anglo-Saxon roots, through to its emergence as a true northern hub with excellence in both confectionary and democracy as the site of Britain’s first secret ballot.

Once you know Pontefract’s story, take a short walk to the museum’s neighbour, Pontefract Castle. This fortress was once so important that it was dubbed The Key to the North. Today, the impressive ruins provide a place for the whole family to explore. Walk in the footsteps of kings, soldiers, and confectioners as you discover the history of the site.

Pontefract is not just for history buffs; lovers of the great outdoors will revel in the town’s parks, Pontefract Park, and Friarwood Valley Gardens. Take a stroll around Pontefract Park, put your rowing skills to the test by taking a boat out on the lake and look out for wildlife in this peaceful Local Nature Reserve.

If you love the races a trip to Pontefract Racecourse is perfect for a family day out with a surprising variety of events and days out all year round.


If shopping small and local is your thing, Pontefract’s got a whole host of independent retailers. Those in need of some retail therapy will find what they're looking for as they browse the unique boutiques tucked away in the gunnels or take in the colourful and vibrant market stalls around the Buttercross in the historic town centre.

Bargain hunters rejoice! Junction 32, near Castleford brings big-name brands together in one easily accessible, pedestrianised place, and offers huge discounts every day on favourites like Gap, Adidas, Levis, Nike and many more.


Whether you’re travelling for business or visiting friends and family elsewhere in the UK, Pontefract is not short of transport options.

Pontefract Tanshelf Station offers services to Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield and links to other major cities in the UK.

Sitting near the AI(M) and M62 means great links to the North and South of the country and travelling by car is hassle-free.

For those wanting to travel further afield, Leeds Bradford Airport is less than an hour away by car.


You won’t go hungry in Pontefract. With a huge variety of independent cafes and tearooms, why not treat yourself to a coffee and a slice of cake. Or, if you’re feeling particularly fancy, perhaps a good old-fashioned afternoon tea? From cosy pubs and farm to fork restaurants, international cuisine to steak houses, there’s something for everyone in Pontefract, all served up with a hearty side of Yorkshire hospitality, naturally.

Sweet tooths rejoice! Pontefract has an annual Liquorice Festival which celebrates the town’s history as a celebrated producer of confectionery. Expect to find food and drink stalls galore, as well as a range of activities and events for the whole family to enjoy.

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