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Wakefield

Known in the Middle Ages as “The Merrie City”, Wakefield is still enjoying itself – despite a few setbacks in the 20th century. Like many of its neighbouring towns and villages, Wakefield became dependent on the coal mining industry for its infrastructure and employment, so when the final pit closures happened at the beginning of the 1980s, the jolly city was sent reeling. Now regenerated and with plenty of ambition for the future, Wakefield has reinvented itself as a pleasant historic town full of open spaces, imposing buildings and leisure facilities.

Trains to Wakefield

Great places to visit in Wakefield!

If you’re looking for a night out in Yorkshire, Wakefield’s where it’s at. Home to one of the most infamous pub crawls in the West Riding, and a hugely popular destination for local stag and hen parties, the Merrie City has found a brand new way to trade on its nickname. Visit Wakefield on a Friday or Saturday night and you’ll find it heaving with revellers!

Nostell Priory and Parkland

National Trust favourite Nostell Priory welcomes visitors of the two and four legged kinds to its rolling parklands and beautiful house. The house is a treasure trove of 18th century architecture, interior design and artefacts, and the gardens include a formal rose garden, lakeside walks and an orchard. Nostell Priory’s parkland is the perfect place to lose yourself for an afternoon – more than 300 acres of pristine Yorkshire estate, including a ha-ha and a beautiful lake. The Trust suggests a number of walks for visitors, suited to all ages and abilities. Visit the stables by the house for shopping opportunities and a great café.

Great for: Day Trips

National Coal Mining Museum for England

Descend 450ft into a working coal shaft to find out what life was really like in the toughest job in Britain. You’ll be kitted out with a hard hat and lamp, and given a check slip to track who’s underground. Your guide is a retired miner, who will tell you colourful stories about life in the pits! There are above-ground attractions including interactive galleries, and a nature trail in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside. Children younger than the age of 5 are not able to go into the mine shaft – but can be taken to the Little Diggers soft play area while their older siblings get educated.

Great for: History

Wakefield Cathedral

Yorkshire’s tallest church welcomes visitors for a free visit from Mondays to Saturdays. Worship times are advertised – the church is also open to the pubic at these times for participation in the services. Wakefield cathedral has plenty going on – concerts, fashion shows, guided tours. Check the church’s programme of events for more information. Attractions include an amazing collection of stained glass; a plethora of medieval carvings; and the original font, which is octagonal in shape. While admission is free, the cathedral encourages donations, which are spent on the continued upkeep of the building. Light a candle for a moment of reflection.

Great for: History