Things To Do: Wakefield

History buffs and art lovers will find Wakefield a delightful destination. Explore the magnificent Wakefield Cathedral, a beautiful example of Perpendicular Gothic architecture. Learn about the city's rich heritage at the Wakefield Museum, or delve deeper into coal mining's impact on the region at the National Coal Mining Museum. Don't miss The Hepworth Wakefield, a renowned art gallery showcasing modern and contemporary works by Barbara Hepworth and other celebrated artists.

For those seeking outdoor adventures, Wakefield boasts numerous green spaces and exciting activities. Take a stroll through the scenic Thornes Park or Clarence Park, or enjoy a leisurely boat ride on the Wakefield River. For a thrill, head to Xscape Yorkshire, an entertainment complex featuring indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, and a trampoline park. Wakefield truly offers something for everyone.

Whether it's enjoying the outdoors, exploring history, or indulging in entertainment and dining, Wakefield has something to offer for every type of traveler. Here are some of the top attractions and activities to enjoy in Wakefield:

  • Visit the Wakefield Cathedral, a magnificent Norman cathedral dating back to the 11th century, known for its intricate stone carvings and beautiful stained-glass windows.
  • Explore the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, a renowned outdoor gallery featuring an impressive collection of modern and contemporary sculptures set within 500 acres of stunning parkland, perfect for hiking and picnicking.
  • Discover the National Coal Mining Museum, an engaging and interactive museum that offers a unique opportunity to descend into a real coal mine and learn about the rich mining heritage of the region.
  • Enjoy a day of outdoor adventure at Newmillerdam Country Park, a picturesque nature reserve with walking trails, fishing spots, and a variety of wildlife to observe.
  • Indulge in some retail therapy at The Ridings Shopping Centre, a modern shopping complex housing over 100 stores, restaurants, and a cinema, making it a one-stop destination for shopping and entertainment.
  • Taste the local brews at Ossett Brewery, a traditional brewery offering guided tours, tastings, and a chance to sample their award-winning ales and craft beers.
  • Discover the Hepworth Wakefield, a stunning contemporary art gallery featuring exhibitions by renowned artists and a unique collection of works by Barbara Hepworth, a celebrated Yorkshire-born sculptor.



Local Attractions

Wakefield Cathedral – For over 1,000 years Wakefield Cathedral has been a historic gem is located in the heart of the city – More Info

National Coal Mining Museum – Explore Caphouse, a modern colliery which witnessed more than two hundred years of coal production – More Info

Wakefield Museum – Visit Wakefield Museum to discover the fascinating history of the city at work and play! More Info

Castleford Museum – Discover what life was like under Roman rule and marvel at the ancient objects – More Info

Yorkshire Sculpture Park – Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) is the UK’s leading outdoor art gallery and an international centre for modern and contemporary sculpture – More Info

Pontefract Castle – the once-fearsome fortress of Pontefract Castle dominated Yorkshire and beyond, bearing witness to some of England’s most momentous historical events – More Info

Pontefract Museum – Step inside the beautiful art nouveau building and find out more about the rich history of Pontefract – More Info

Queen's Mill – Queen’s Mill is the world’s largest stone grinding flour mill, with twenty pairs of stones. – More Info

Chantry Chapel – The Chantry Chapel of St Mary the Virgin was built by the townspeople of Wakefield in the mid-14th century – More Info

Nostel Priory – Nostell is one of the greatest treasure houses of the north of England – More Info

Theatre Royal – Opened in 1894, the theatrical masterpiece that is Theatre Royal Wakefield was designed by Victorian architect Frank MatchamMore Info

Sandal Castle – The castle is best known for the role it played in the Battle of Wakefield in 1460 during the Wars of the Rose – More Info

Newmilllerdam Country Park – a picturesque nature reserve with walking trails, fishing spots, and a variety of wildlife to observe – More Info

Ossett Brewery – A progressive and passionate independent brewery located in the heart of Yorkshire – More Info



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