Wakefield

Experience Wakefield Again – Home of iconic art and sculpture, captivating history and heritage and mouth-watering food and drink

Picturesque vales, secluded woods and vibrant towns and cities, the vivid, varied landscapes of Wakefield have inspired artists for centuries. The birthplace of world-renowned sculptors Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth is home to a thriving artist community today. Be wowed at multi-award-winning venues Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The Hepworth Wakefield as you discover magnificent works of art, and use their settings as space for personal reflection.

The Wakefield district has a history stretching back thousands of years. From the Roman settlement of Lagentium – present-day Castleford – to the story of medieval might at Pontefract Castle, the Palladian grandeur of National Trust Nostell, the world’s first nature reserve (thanks to Victorian conservationist Charles Waterton) at Anglers Country Park and Haw Park Woods and above all, coal mining.

The toil for “coyl” is in the very fabric of the district. Come and experience the fascinating stories of the work which became a way of life at The National Coal Mining Museum. But that’s not the only legacy of the many mines across the district. Spend a long, lazy day at RSPB Fairburn Ings or Pugneys Country Park and experience the beauty of these man-made lakes, carved out of the earth by local mining activity and now home to myriad plants, insects and birds.

Wakefield loves good food. Whether you’re after afternoon tea in cosy cafes, exciting fusion and innovative city center cuisine, or the wholesome flavours of field to fork, we’ve got it in spades. The city also hosts the legendary Rhubarb Festival each February. A tribute to Wakefield’s history in the Rhubarb Triangle, it’s packed full of delicious local produce, cooking workshops and demos, as well as a full programme of live entertainment.

Beer lovers rejoice: we’re proud to have a commitment to real ale, with small, local breweries producing show-stopping flavours to suit every palate.

And there’s so much more, too. Defying gravity or whizzing down real snow slopes at Xscape. Taking in the panto in the splendid surrounds of Theatre Royal Wakefield . Exploring the nature trail at Newmillerdam Country Park and so much more.

So what the ‘eck are you waiting for? Come and see us! You never know what you’ll discover when you experience Wakefield.

Accommodation in Wakefield

Holiday Inn Express Wakefield

Queen Street, Wakefield, Wakefield, WF1 1JU

Wintersett Lakes Caravan & Camping Park

Haw Park Lane, Wintersett, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 2FN

White Rose Motorhomes

Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Upper Midgley Farm B&B

Midgley, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 4JH

The Waterton Park Hotel

Walton Hall, Walton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 6PW

Kirklands Hotel

605 Leeds Road, Outwood, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 2LU

Holiday Inn Leeds-Wakefield

Queen’s Drive, Ossett, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF5 9BE

Clarion Cedar Court Hotel Wakefield

Denby Dale Road, Calder Grove, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 3QZ

Best Western Hotel St Pierre

733 Barnsley Road, Newmillerdam, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 6QG

Things to do in Wakefield

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

West Bretton, West Yorkshire, WF4 4LG

Yorkshire Scare Grounds Scream Park

Yorkshire Scare Grounds Scream Park, Hell Lane, Off Black Road, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 5SG

Trinity Walk Shopping Centre

Trinity Walk Shopping Centre, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 1QX

Wakefield Railway Modellers Society

West Yorkshire, WF1 1XP

Wetherby Whaler Wakefield

Calder Island, Calder Island Way, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 7AW

The Cricketers Arms

Cluntergate, Horbury, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 5AG

The Barn Cafe at Blacker Hall Farm

Branch Road, Calder Grove, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 3DN

Kingfisher Fish & Chips Restaurant and Takeaway

597 Denby Dale Road, Calder Grove, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 3DA

Blacker Hall Farm Shop

Branch Road, Calder Grove, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 3DN

Aagrah Wakefield

108 Barnsley Road, Sandal, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 5NX

Vintoto

Wakefield Westgate, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 2QN

Wakefield Market

Teal Street, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 1PP

Wakefield Cathedral

Northgate, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 1HG

Wakefield Museum

Wakefield One, Burton Street, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 2DD

The Ridings Shopping Centre

The Ridings Shopping Centre, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 1DS

The Garden Centre Group

Old Bradford Road, Carr Gate, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 0SY

Sandal Castle

Manygates Lane, Sandal, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 7DS

Ponderosa Zoo

Off Smithies Lane, Heckmondwike, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF16 0PN

Production Park

53 Lidgate Crescent, Langthwaite Business Park, South Kirkby, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF9 3NR

Pugneys Country Park

Asdale Road, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 7EQ

Production Park

Production Park, Langthwaite Business Park, South Kirkby, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF9 3NR

Outdoor World Direct

Unit 7, Roundwood Industrial Estate, Ossett, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF5 9SQ

Nostell

Doncaster Road, Nostell, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 1QE

Newmillerdam Country Park & Boathouse

Barnsley Road, Barnsley Road, Newmillerdam, WF2 6QQ

JCT600 Volkswagen Wakefield

Dewsbury Road, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 9BE

jam

49 Northgate, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 3BH

JCT600 Mazda Wakefield

Waldorf Way, Denby Dale Road, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 8DH

JCT600 SEAT Wakefield

Waldorf Way, Denby Dale Road, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 8DH

Double TWO Ltd

Thornes Lane Wharf, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 5RL

Diggerland

Willowbridge Lane, Whitwood, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF10 5NW

Created in Yorkshire

103 Cathedral Walk, Ridings Shopping Centre, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 1DS

Crafty Owls Pottery

3 Wellgate, Ossett, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF5 8NS

Anglers Country Park

Haw Park Lane, Wintersett, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 2EB

Woolley Park Golf Club

New Road, Woolley, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 2JJ

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats

Rapid Solicitors Stadium, Doncaster Road, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 5EY

Where Next?

Wakefield is home to many attractions in West Yorkshire, but also nearby and well worth a visit are the towns of Pontefract and Castleford.