Nestled on the River Calder, Wakefield serves as a gateway to the Pennines. Cathedrals, castles and country parks showcase Wakefield’s history and nature, while theatres and performing-arts venues provide modern culture.
Things to do in Wakefield
Wakefield’s arts culture is evident when strolling through the renowned Yorkshire Sculpture Park, an informal open-air gallery featuring works by some of Britain’s most acclaimed artists. Finish your art exploration at Hepworth Wakefield, a contemporary gallery featuring the works of artist Barbara Hepworth.
Architectural gems include Wakefield Cathedral, which dates back to the 9th century. Walk through Sandal Castle, while imagining what life was like in English medieval times. Stop to admire sweeping views of the city and River Calder.
Pay homage to Wakefield’s mining past at the National Coal Mining Museum for England, where you can take an underground tour 140 metres below the earth’s surface. Next, enjoy the fresh air, wildlife and open spaces of Newmillerdam Country Park, which has been around since the 1200s. Bring some binoculars for spotting birds, swans, coots and even bats.
In the evening, treat yourself to a performing arts production at Theatre Royal, a Victorian-era venue with stunning architecture. You can also cosy up for some authentic live jazz at Wakefield Jazz Club.
Getting around Wakefield
City buses and taxis operate throughout Wakefield’s city centre. You can pick up a rental car at Leeds Bradford International Airport, about 35 kilometres away.