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 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 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.
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.