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  • River Calder, Wakefield
    River Calder, Wakefield
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  • Anglers Country Park, Wintersett, Wakefield
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Wakefield Things to Do

  • Anglers Country Park

    I made an afternoon trip to Anglers Country Park in Wintersett, south east of Wakefield. The lake is the main attraction which is surrounded by woodland and countryside. The site was once a very deep open cast mine which reached a depth of 250 feet. The park opened in 1986 and became a popular park and also a key inland bird site for which the lake...

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  • Newmillerdam Country Park

    I visted Newmillerdam Country Park on a family outing as a kid. We were intending to return over a year ago but the idea was abandoned due to the overwhelming number of visitors along with the fact there was no car parking available! I was determined to return so one weekday in August 2015 I made plans to return and also to travel there by...

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  • Wakefield's Civic Quarter

    I had a wonder round the city's historic Civic Quarter including it's Town Hall, County Hall, Crown Courts, Coronation Gardens and other civic buildings. The buildings have been built over the Georgian, Victoria and Edwardian eras. At present the area has been regenerated including the creation of Jubilee Gardens.

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  • Wakefield Cathedral

    I spent some time admiring the Cathedral's interior and its exquisite architecture. It's stand out beautifully on Kirkgate Hill in the city centre.There has been a church on this site since the Saxon Times with subsequent rebuilds. A Victoria restoration was done by Sir George Gilbert Scott and his son John Oldrid Scott during the latter 19th...

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  • Wakefield Fountain

    Wakefield Fountain is situated at the Bull Ring's Central Square (replacing a former roundabout) and has been there since 2009.

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  • Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield

    The contemporary art gallery was built in 2011 and name after Barbara Hepworth, a famous Yorkshire Sculpture. The gallery hosts a number of travelling and permanent contemporary exhibitions which can be found on this website. The museum has six exhibition gallery spaces along with a cafe and gift shop.Here's a blog of my visit in June 2013.Since...

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  • Wakefield Bridge and Chantry Chapel

    I had a look around the Bridge and Chantry Chapel after I visited the Hepworth Gallery. The Chantry Chapel was built in the mid 1300s when the stone bridge had to be replaced with a wooden one. It is classed as a Grade I listed building. Further rebuilds took place in the mid 19th Century but the original base stonework can still be seen.The chanty...

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  • RICHARD PLANTAGENET MEMORIAL

    A memorial to Richard Plantagenet was erected at Manygates in 1897. The stone memorial is said to be where he fell in the battle of Wakefield (A battle in the War of the Roses) on 30th December 1460.

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  • Nostell Priory - Power, Pleasure &...

    I recently visited Nostell Priory and Parklands and finally I was able to get ditigal pictures of both the house and the grounds! On this occasion, I visited the house and took a tour, walked to the Obelisk and took lakeside trails. On my way in, via the pedestrian entrance, there is a church, St Michael and Our Lady Wragby and not NT owned, which...

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Wakefield Restaurants

  • Smokehouse

    The Smokehouse states that they are ‘the best American barbecue joint in Wakefield. They certainly are! OK, they are the only one, but they are fantastic! How authentic is the Smokehouse? Well as a resident American I can safely say that the Smokehouse is authentic and a fantastic dining experience. The night I dined here I was warmly greeted as I...

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  • Cinnamon Lounge

    The answer is – very bad indeed. I was hoping that this Indian restaurant would have nice food. They managed to wreck my hopes when the food arrived. The interior décor is nice enough. The staff were friendly enough. The beer was cold. It just the food. I love nothing better than ordering a ‘Tandoori Mixed Grill’ when I go to Indian restaurants....

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  • Rustico Italian Restaurant

    I have walked past this restaurant for over 10 years. It is nearby where I live and I have always given this place a miss. What a mistake! I was missing out on one of the best Italian Restaurants I have ever eaten at in the UK. I finally decided to try eating here with a friend recently. We were warmly greeted by the staff from Rome and Sicily. I...

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  • One Not to Miss

    I have walked past this restaurant for over 10 years. It is nearby where I live and I have always given this place a miss. What a mistake! I was missing out on one of the best Italian Restaurants I have ever eaten at in the UK. I finally decided to try eating here with a friend recently. We were warmly greeted by the staff from Rome and Sicily. I...

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  • How Bad is Bad?

    The answer is – very bad indeed. I was hoping that this Indian restaurant would have nice food. They managed to wreck my hopes when the food arrived. The interior décor is nice enough. The staff were friendly enough. The beer was cold. It just the food. I love nothing better than ordering a ‘Tandoori Mixed Grill’ when I go to Indian restaurants....

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  • AWARD WINNING AND AUTHENTIC AMERICAN

    The Smokehouse states that they are ‘the best American barbecue joint in Wakefield. They certainly are! OK, they are the only one, but they are fantastic! How authentic is the Smokehouse? Well as a resident American I can safely say that the Smokehouse is authentic and a fantastic dining experience. The night I dined here I was warmly greeted as I...

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Wakefield Nightlife

  • A night at the theatre!

    Frank Matcham (also designed the London Coliseum ) designed this theatre in 1894 though a theatre existed on the site since 1774. The Grade II Listed Building was originally called the Wakefield Opera House and became a number of things during its reign. It underwent a restoration in the 1980s and plays a pivotal role engaging the arts to residents...

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  • the Westgate Run

    Young people flock from far and wide to sample the pubs and nightclubs to be found on the Westgate Run. On Friday and Saturday nights the area is full of the young and young-at-heart searching for excitement. I'm now too old for this and resort to home comforts!

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Wakefield Transportation

  • Trains to Wakefield

    My friend and I went to see a play in Wakefield in 2014 and we travelled by train. I can't recall how much we paid for our train tickets but it wasn't expensive.Wakefield Westgate Station opened in 1867 and followed by a rebuilt in the 1960s and a regeneration programme between 2007 and 2009. The station is served by rail services to/from London...

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  • Bussing it to Wakefield!

    I usually Wakefield by bus from Leeds. I can reach Wakefield either via Leeds City or via Castleford from East Leeds where I live. As I hold an annual travel card I can travel to other cities and towns across West Yorkshire for no extra charge and Wakefield was no exception.Arriva Buses owns the station and is the main bus operator in Wakefield and...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Wakefield Shopping

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    the Ridings: indoor shopping

    by laney5 Written Jun 1, 2005

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    The Ridings shopping centre has more than 90 high street stores, a food court and ample parking. If you want M and S and W H Smith etc, this is your place!

    the lift and food court
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Wakefield Local Customs

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    rhubarb rhubarb!

    by laney5 Written Jun 1, 2005

    Did you know that there is an annual rhubarb festival in Wakefield? ( January). Wakefield is the so called capital of the Rhubarb triangle (which consists of Wakefield- Rothwell - Morley) . It is intended as a celebration of forced rhubarb traditions, history and culinary delights. In its first year it lasted for 5 days, but has now been extended to 8 days. Events include gourmet meals cookery demonstrations and farm tours. We have a rhubarb corner in our garden-can't get rid of it!

    the rhubarb festival
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Wakefield Warnings and Dangers

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    DO NOT SLOW DOWN FOR SCHOOLS

    by DAO Updated Jul 23, 2008

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    Shocking? You don’t know the half of it! Yes. That is a picture of a School Sign you would find along the busy road. It does not tell you to slow down or stop. There are NO signs that tell you to slow down or stop or even caution around a school here. There are NO reduced speed zones in front of any school. There are no flashing lights – nothing. You can drive past the school at any time at the posted speed limit. The lowest is 30mph (48 kph). Many schools are in urbanised areas where cars are parked on both sides of the street making it very hard to see the kids about to cross here and there.

    It may not say it, but please slow down when you see these signs!

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Wakefield Off The Beaten Path

  • The Chantry Chapel of St Mary

    Dating from the mid 14th century, the Chapel sits on its medieval foundations on a bridge on the River Calder. It is one of only four surviving Chantry Chapels in England today.The Chapel is open to visitors on selected dates during the year.See my Rotherham page for another one.

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  • look at some famous sculptures

    Dame Barbara Hepworth, the artist, is one of Wakefield's famous daughters. Near the Town Hall, you can find some of her sculptures in the open air.

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  • find the old Grammar School

    QEGS, Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, is distinct from most other schools in that it was founded by Royal Charter of Queen Elizabeth I in 1591 at the request of leading citizens in Wakefield, some of whom formed the first governing body. In 1854 QEGS moved to its present site in Northgate, Wakefield. The original building is one of the oldest in...

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Wakefield Favorites

  • A GOOD CAR SIGN

    I was driving one night and a small red car in rather poor condition went past me. I then realised it had the following sign in the back window:“Don’t laugh at my car! Your daughter may be inside”Yes that is Flat Erik in the fuzzy picture..

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  • THE OLD POST OFFICE

    It is just a private house now, but this large building on Wentworth St. was once the Post Office. For some reason it seems to get painted a different colour every year. It is located on Wentworth St. opposite St. John’s Square.

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