Visit Wakefield - So much more than you imagined

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.

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 visit! You never know what you’ll discover when you experience Wakefield.


Accommodation in Wakefield

See also our hotels in Wakefield page and Wakefield bed and breakfast page.

Waterton Park Hotel

Walton Hall, Walton, Wakefield, WF2 6PW, United Kingdom

Holiday Inn Express Wakefield, an IHG Hotel

Queen Street, Wakefield, Wakefield, WF1 1JU, United Kingdom

Sunnydale Serviced Apartments – Central location, with allocated parking

49 Delamere Gardens, Wakefield, WF1 4LJ, United Kingdom

St Johns North Apartments Wakefield

16 Saint John’s North, Wakefield, WF1 3QA, United Kingdom

1 St Johns North Apartments

Wakefield, WF1 3QA, United Kingdom

11, St John’s North Apartments

Wakefield, WF1 3QA, United Kingdom

The Coach House, 4, St John’s North Apartments

Wakefield, WF1 3QA, United Kingdom

Redbeck Motel

Doncaster Road, Wakefield, WF4 1RR, United Kingdom

Kilby Lodge

Wakefield, WF1 2RB, United Kingdom

Kilby Coach House

Wakefield, WF1 2RB, United Kingdom

9, St John’s North Apartments

Wakefield, WF1 3QA, United Kingdom

8, St John’s North Apartments

Wakefield, WF1 3QA, United Kingdom

7 St Johns North Apartments

Wakefield, WF1 3QA, United Kingdom

6 St Johns North Apartments

Wakefield, WF1 3QA, United Kingdom

5, St John’s North Apartments

Wakefield, WF1 3QA, United Kingdom

3, St John’s North Apartments

Wakefield, WF1 3QA, United Kingdom

2, St John’s North Apartments

Wakefield, WF1 3QA, United Kingdom

10, St John’s North Apartments

Wakefield, WF1 3QA, United Kingdom

Agbrigg Park View Place – Bright 2-Bed House

16 Church View, Wakefield, WF1 5AL, United Kingdom

Cheerful 2-bed townhouse in Wakefield with parking

Finchdale Close, Wakefield, WF1 2GB, United Kingdom

Daisy Cottage

22 Stoney Lane, Wakefield, WF4 3JN, United Kingdom

Designer Spacious Apartment in Yorkshire – Parking

South Parade, Wakefield, WF1 1LP, United Kingdom

Wakefield Town House

24 Saint John’s North, Wakefield, WF1 3QA, United Kingdom

Wakefield Holiday Home – By Duplex Relocations

Westfield Terrace, Wakefield, WF1 3RD, United Kingdom

Wakefield City centre 1bed apartment

48 Kirkgate, Wakefield, WF1 1TJ, United Kingdom

Valee Stay, Wakefield City One Bedroom, apartment 4

48 Kirkgate, Wakefield, WF1 1TJ, United Kingdom

Valee Place, Wakefield city centre, leeds, One Bedroom

48 Kirkgate 1, Wakefield, WF1 1TJ, United Kingdom

Valee Place, One Bedroom, Heart of wakefield, apartment 2

48 Kirkgate, Wakefield, WF1 1TJ, United Kingdom

The Victoria

2 Victoria Street Horbury, Wakefield, WF4 6EH, United Kingdom

The Pavilion – Stunning, 4 Bedroom House with Free Parking

27 Wicket Drive, Wakefield, WF1 3AL, United Kingdom

The Old Dairy

26 Almshouse Lane, Wakefield, WF2 7ST, United Kingdom

The Mews Hotel

77 Dale Street, Wakefield, WF5 9HN, United Kingdom

The Gallery – Vibrant, 4-bed Townhouse by The Hepworth

25 Chancel Road, Wakefield, WF1 5JH, United Kingdom

The Exclusive House in Yorkshire – Garden -Parking

3 South Parade, Wakefield, WF1 1LR, United Kingdom

York House Hotel

Drury Lane, Wakefield, WF1 2TE, United Kingdom

Swanky 10 guest house in the heart of Wakefield – free wifi !

21 Berners Street, Wakefield, WF1 4EA, United Kingdom

Things to do in Wakefield

Nostell

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

Yorkshire Scare Grounds Scream Park

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

Visit Yorkshire Sculpture Park

West Bretton, West Yorkshire, WF4 4LG

Trinity Walk Shopping Centre

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

Double TWO Ltd

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

Created in Yorkshire

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

National Coal Mining Museum for England

Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 4RH

The Barn Cafe at Blacker Hall Farm

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

Blacker Hall Farm Shop

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

Anglers Country Park

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

Diggerland

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

Wetherby Whaler Wakefield

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

Wakefield Railway Modellers Society

West Yorkshire, WF1 1XP

Kingfisher Fish & Chips Restaurant and Takeaway

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

Aagrah Wakefield

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

Wakefield Museum

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

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

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

Newmillerdam Country Park & Boathouse

Barnsley Road, Barnsley Road, Newmillerdam, WF2 6QQ

JCT600 Volkswagen Wakefield

Dewsbury Road, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 9BE

JCT600 Mazda Wakefield

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

Crafty Owls Pottery

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

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

Low Laithes Golf Club

Park Mill Lane, Ossett, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF5 9AP

Midgley Lodge Golf Club

Bar Lane, Midgley, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 4JJ

Theatre Royal Wakefield

12 Drury Lane, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 2TE

Wakefield Food

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.

The Barn Cafe at Blacker Hall Farm

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

Wetherby Whaler Wakefield

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

Kingfisher Fish & Chips Restaurant and Takeaway

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

Aagrah Wakefield

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

Wakefield on the Map

You will find Wakefield is very centrally located for travel from North, South, East or West. Both the A1 and the M1 pass close by, as does the M62 Manchester to Hull motorway.

Wakefield lies just south of Leeds and north of Barnsley. Immediately to the west you’ll find Dewsbury and to the east, Pontefract.


Wakefield History

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 FAQs

What is Wakefield best known for?

Wakefield was the birthplace of world-renowned sculptors Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. Wakefield is also famous for its coal mining heritage, cathedral, and rhubarb.

The city of Wakefield is also home to the largest high security prison in Western Europe.

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. You’ve also got Leeds just 9 miles to the north, and Barnsley a little further away, to the south.