The remains are of a castle built over 700 years ago, though the moats and castle mound were part of a castle which was built 200 years earlier.
A bridge is in place to enable visitors to cross the moat.
Conservation work in now being undertaken at the castle. It's hoped that there will be significant improvements and that it will be more accessible to visitors.
There are some fantastic views from the site, this is looking out across the city of Wakefield.
This is the view of the main lake at Pugneys Country Park.
Steps have been installed to allow visitors to climb to the top of the motte. I'll take Mick and Eleanor's word for it that the views are spectacular from there. I don't have a head for heights.
The castle is best known for The Battle of Wakefield which took place on the fields below the castle in 1460. Richard, Duke of York, who was the owner of the castle was trying to seize the throne from his cousin, Henry VI. This led to a series of battles known as The Wars of the Roses. On a visit to Sandal Castle at Christmas, Richard was ambushed by Lancastrian enemies from Pontefract Castle. During the battle which followed, he was killed within sight of the castle.
It was a hot day so we decided to have ice cream before heading off to our second port of call, Pontefract Castle, to see where the Lancastrians had come from.
Pontefract Castle was built by Ilbert de Lacy in the late 1080's. The original motte and bailey castle would have been made of timber and earth but over the following century the castle was gradually rebuilt in stone. In the 14th century the castle passed to the House of Lancaster and later became a royal castle when the Dukes of Lancaster became kings of England.
The present remains represent the inner bailey of the castle containing the Keep, chapels, kitchens and Bakehouse and the late medieval outer bailey to the south-east, which contained farm buildings and workshops.
Here's Eleanor stood in what would have been the east oven in the bakehouse.
These are the remains of two chapels in the north eastern corner of the castle.
There's lots to see at Pontefract Castle, and the information boards about each area of the castle are excellent.
The view from the top of the motte is superb, though the power station wouldn't have been there all those years ago.
The herb garden.
I loved these cottages right at the gates to the castle. Such character.
I can thoroughly recommend Pontefract Castle for a day out. The information boards are so interesting, there's plenty to see and there's even a large chess set for you to have a game and picnic tables dotted about. The grounds are kept immaculate and it's a place we'll definitely return to.
On to the next chapter in our history tour, Towton Battlefield Trail.
The year after The Battle of Wakefield where Richard, Duke of York was killed, the Battle of Towton took place between the Houses of York and Lancaster. It was probably the largest and bloodiest battle ever fought on English soil, and it took place during a snow storm on Palm Sunday, the 29th March 1461. Richard, Duke of York's son, Edward, had his revenge. His forces defeated the Lancastrians and he became Edward IV.
The start of the trail is just to the side of the main road, where a memorial cross stands. Known as Dacre's Cross, it's the site where wreaths are laid on the anniversary of the battle.
This area where sheep now graze is known as Bloody Meadow.
We didn't walk the whole trail as we were, by now, in need of sustenance, so off we headed in to the village of Towton to a pub we've visited on many occasions, The Rockingham Arms. The Rockingham Arms is also the headquarters of the Towton Battlefield Society.
A couple of bowls of chips were ordered to cure our rumbling tums, and they were washed down with a couple of halves of larger, or in Eleanor's case, Coca Cola. Very good it was too.
We're so lucky to have so much history on our doorsteps, and it's wonderful that it's being preserved so well for future generations.