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Hotels in Pontefract
Famed for its Pontefract Cake sweets and enchanting medieval castle, Pontefract exemplifies the traditional English market town with its charismatic Market Place and beautifully decorated market hall.
Mentioned in William Shakespeare's illustrious play 'Richard III', Pontefract existed long before the Norman Conquest, and may have been inhabited as far back as the Neolithic era. The settlement has held a market since the Middle Ages, and was also an important monastic centre from the 11th to the 15th centuries.
Built in the second half of the 11th century, Pontefract Castle was the home of wealthy barons and earls for many years, and was probably where Queen Catherine Howard had an affair with Sir Thomas Culpeper in the 16th century. Unfortunately, the building was attacked during the English Civil War and was severely damaged, although the ruins have been carefully preserved to this day.
The building was, for many years, the most feared castle in England due to its role in numerous conflicts, although it now welcomes tens of thousands of visitors each year, and has benefited from significant funding by English Heritage. For a vivid exhibition of the castle's illustrious past and Pontefract's role in British history, you can visit the Pontefract Museum on Salter Row.
The Pontefract Cake
This liquorice sweet has been produced in Pontefract for more than four centuries, although it was originally known as the 'Pomfret' cake in reference to the earlier medieval name of the town. In fact, the town is the most northerly location in the world to produce liquorice sweets, which are still sold with a stamp of Pontefract Castle.
Where to eat in Pontefract - ideas
If you're a lover of classic Indian recipes, dine at the Shurma restaurant, or enjoy some delicious British dishes at The Brown Cow. Other superb restaurants in the town include the Indian and Bangladeshi-themed Shuhag restaurant, English-inspired Fox and Hounds, and the Ruan Kum Rai Thai restaurant.
For excellent hospitality and stylish surroundings, choose the Barnsdale Bar - Associate Hotel, or enjoy a very pleasant stay at the charming King's Croft Hotel. For other value-for-money Pontefract hotels, consider the friendly Tower House or The Olde Church Tavern.
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