This site is run by the Wakefield Council and as such is free access. The views over the Valley below across the Pugneys Country Park are stunning especially from the top of the castle itself.
Although not a great deal of the castle remains on view the ditches and moat are of such a huge size that you cant fail to be impressed by the engineering feat that went into the excavation. There is an onsite visitor centre that also offers a detailed story of the visit and the pictures and info on the archaeological dig that took place in the summers of 1964 to 1973.
There are plans afoot to further enhance the site by creation of access stairways into the ditches and moats and guided tours are currently available at about £2 per person although we did not avail ourseles this time of this service.
Parking is also free and there is a gift shop within the visitor centre. Below the site is the place where the battle of wakefield took place and Richard the II (not to be confused with Bosworths Richard the Third) was killed in battle.
For those of a retail mind you can this visit the new trinity shopping centre which is close by in Wakefield and well signposted or alternatively the Hepworth Museum.
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