Wakefield Travel Guide

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    River Calder, Wakefield
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Wakefield Things to Do

  • 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 Cathedral

    The Cathedral is a landmark in the heart of the city. It stands on a site that has had a place of worship since Saxon times. Parts of the Cathedral date back to the 1100's. At a height of 247 feet, the spire is the tallest in Yorkshire.The Cathedral is free to enter & visitors can take the Discovery tour around the building.

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  • Sandal Castle

    The castle is situated south of the city, near to the place where the Battle of Wakefield took place. This happened in 1460 during the Wars of the Roses in a battle where Richard, Duke of York was killed. The castle was later besieged twice during the English Civil War in the 1640's.There are still remains of the 13th century stone castle as well...

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  • WAKEFIELD TOURIST INFORMATION

    MORE SOON!Opening Hours: Monday to Friday* 9:00am - 4:30pm Saturday 10:00am to 3:00pm*Wednesday, early closing at 3.45pm Closed Sunday and Bank Holidays (Monday)

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  • MY FRIDGE !!!

    I never set out to buy loads of fridge magnets to celebrate my travels. What happened was I bought a large, but used fridge a couple of years ago. I paid pennies for it so the few scratches and dents on the front (only) did not bother me – until I got into my new house. Then the idea of fridge magnets seemed like a great idea all of a sudden! We do...

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  • GO FOR A DRINK WITH DAO

    Come all the way to England and not leave London? You will miss all the good stuff! Come for a drink (or three) in Wakefield with me. Always guaranteed to be a good evening out – or your money back.Make sure you print up the drink voucher and bring it with you (last photo)!

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Wakefield Hotels

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  • Best Western Waterton Park Hotel

    Park Hotel is Wakefield’s best kept secret. The hotel is actually a Georgian mansion called Walton...

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  • Premier Inn Wakefield City North

    Paragon Business Park, Herriot Way, Wakefield, WF1 2UJ, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Hotel St Pierre

    733 Barnsley Road, Newmillerdam, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 6QG, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Wakefield Restaurants

  • Yorkshire School of Baking Brings You...

    After I've booked my ticket for a tour of Wakefield Theatre Royal I popped into this artisan bakery/coffee shop (ran by Yorkshire School of Baking) next door for a coffee. Time Bakery/Coffee Shop prides in its bread baking and freshly made bread is sold daily on the premises. There is a wide range of bread and baked goods that are sold long with...

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  • Locally Sourced and Produced!

    I had lunch in Deli Central, a family run business and a local and independent delicatessen and cafe, who takes pride in using ingredients that are made on the premises and/or locally sourced.Deli Central offers a wide variety of hot and cold food for eating in and taking out and stocks a wide range of local produce to take away and try along with...

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  • BEST & OLDEST RESTAURANT IN WAKEFIELD

    For the more literary or artistic art critic you might want to know that Joanne Harris created the book Chocolat around this building (later a movie). For the history buff, the Grade II listed building was built in the 1500's and still has original ceiling crests, timbers and fireplace. For anyone wanting a fantastic meal, good portions and a...

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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

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    by spidermiss Updated May 12, 2014

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    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 its city's districts. Further information including bus timetables can be found on this website.

    Wakefield Bus Station
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Wakefield Shopping

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    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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    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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    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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  • 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.

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