Templar Castle

Avenida del Castillo, s/n. Ponferrada (León), 24401

Cultural Visit

While being amazed by the Templar Castle is very easy, getting to know it is not that simple. With its 8,000 m2 of surface, it is considered one of the most important castles in the northwest of Spain and it is the main emblematic feature of the city of Ponferrada.

Its military architecture answers to centuries of history, where different inhabitants have left their imprint through subsequent constructions, reforms, abandonments and restorations. Having being declared National Monument in 1924 and Cultural Heritage Site (BIC, for its Spanish initials), it is not until the end of the 20th century when a great effort is made to restore the walls and rooms of the Castle.

The result is a multipurpose monument, where different exhibitions, musicals and recreational, didactic and religious activities take place. It has always had a privileged location in every respect. Geographically, it is an obligatory stopping point between the Plateau and Galicia, and a must for the pilgrims on their way to Santiago.

Tactically, its location on a hill on the banks of the Sil River has allowed the protection and defence of its territory and of the Way of Saint James. Locally, it is a reference landmark in the old town. Around it, we find important monumental buildings: the church of San Andrés, “las Cuadras” (Tourist Information Office), “Casa de los Escudos” (Coats of Arms House) (Radio Museum), the Basilica of Our Lady of the Encina, the convent of la Purísima Concepción, the old prison (Museum of El Bierzo), the Tower clock and street, the Town Hall and the old main square of las Eras.

The Templar Castle, the Way of Saint James and the city of Ponferrada have a closely linked past and future, since their stories are intertwined and it is not possible to get to know one without explaining the relationship with the others.


In general, it is open to the public from Tuesday to Sunday during morning and afternoon hours:

  • Morning from 10:00 to 14:00
  • Afternoon:
    • November, December, January and February from 16:00 to 18:00 
    • March and October from 16:00 to 19:00
    • April and May from 16:30 to 20:30
  • Summer (June, July, August and September) from 09:00 to 21:00
  • One semester of the year, it is open non-stop from Monday to Sunday during morning and afternoon hours (the start date and the end of the semester change each year as needed).
  • Extended opening hours on bank holidays and public holidays. 

* Due to the situation generated by Covid-19, the June 2021 schedule is from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00  to 14:00 and from 16:30 to 20:30


  • January 1
  • February 25
  • July 4 afternoon
  • September: 8
  • December: 24, 25, 30 and 31


  • Avenida del Castillo, no number. Ponferrada (León), 24401
How to get there:


The access by road to Ponferrada through the A6, Madrid-A Coruña motorway, is:

  • Direction Madrid - A Coruña, exit 382.
  • Direction A Coruña - Madrid, exit 388.


Railway Station: Ticket Booking: 902 240 202. International Information: 93 490 11 22. Station opening times: 24 h. Advance Sale Tickets: from 06: 00h to 22: 00h. Immediate Sale of Tickets: from 06:00h to 23:00h.


From the nearest airport (100 km.) Towards the road Crtra. de la Ermita w/o no., La Virgen del Camino, 24198 (León, Spain