Travelling around Castleford
Castleford is situated in West Yorkshire at the point where the River Calder meets the River Aire. With a rich cultural heritage and some stunning natural beauty, there’s much more to this former mining town than meets the eye. Explore Castleford’s Roman roots at the local museum, hit the slopes at the indoor snow centre or pick out a bargain at the ever-popular outlet village.
Lying just off the M62 Motorway, Castleford has excellent travel links. Arriva buses operate in the area, providing routes to surrounding towns and villages, such as Pontefract and Kippax, as well as regular services to and from Leeds.
Castleford’s rich history dates back to Roman times, with a number of archaeological finds suggesting that it once served as an outpost for a Roman garrison. After the Romans departed our shores, the town continued to prosper, and the remains of Anglo-Saxon roundhouses in Queen’s Park suggest it was an important stronghold throughout the Dark Ages. Coal was first mined in the region in the 16th century and, following the Industrial Revolution, Castleford became something of a boomtown, as collieries sprang up around the local area. The influx of workers saw the town’s population swell from a little over 1,000 in 1822 to nearly 15,000 by the turn of the century.