Perched in the Pennines of West Yorkshire, Wakefield is a picturesque cathedral city situated close to Leeds, Bradford and the North Yorkshire Moors. Filled with stone built buildings and surrounded by countryside, Wakefield offers an ideal spot in which to enjoy Yorkshire’s delights.
A trip back to days gone by, the National Coal Museum is an excellent value-for-money attraction for all the family. Experience what life was like working as a miner with a trip down the mine, then explore the history of mining and how it shaped the local area.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a magnificent open-air gallery with eye-catching modern sculptures from a range of artists. Entry is free and there are events throughout the year for the family to enjoy such as a ‘create your own sculpture’ workshop.
The historical motte and bailey remains of the medieval Sandal Castle provide a great environment in which to relax and explore. Overlooking the River Calder, enjoy panoramic views of Wakefield and the rolling Yorkshire Pennines.
Set in 300 acres of pristine parkland, Nostell Priory and Parkland offer a great day out. Take a guided tour around the 18th-century priory and discover the history behind the building. Outside you can go on a bat walk or stroll around the lake to spot kingfishers, and children can make the most of the large adventure playground.
Situated in the iconic Wakefield One building, Wakefield Museum has free entry to its many exhibitions devoted to the history of the local area. With hands-on activities such as dressing up, the building also houses the Create Café for a swift coffee and cake.
On the banks of the River Calder, the architecturally imposing Hepworth Wakefield art gallery houses contemporary British art and gives visitors the chance to get involved in a range of workshops such as print making.
Food and drink
Wakefield offers a range of eateries with Indian, Thai, Italian, Chinese and Greek restaurants all centrally located. Situated in a stunning Grade II listed building, The Cow Shed serves modern English cuisine, with a three-course lunch costing a reasonable £14.95.
Qubana is a tapas bar that is open till late. With a wide range of tapas it also has a refreshing cocktail menu to quench your thirst. Located near Wakefield’s bars and clubs, this is a perfect starting point for a night out.