24 Hours in the City

There’s loads to do in Wakefield! This one-day itinerary will inspire you with some ideas.


The best way to get your bearings in the city is to look up: there you’ll see the 247-foot spire of Wakefield Cathedral (the tallest in Yorkshire!). Located in the heart of the city, it’s an excellent base to help you find your way around.

From there, make your way through the Civic Quarter, taking in its beautiful architecture, and head to the Art House, a creative space for artists and makers with a programme of inspiring exhibitions, courses and workshops.

A short walk away is Wakefield Museum: discover a wealth of local treasures and learn surprising facts about the city. Need a caffeine fix? There’s a fabulous café right next door – Create.


Talking of refreshments, you’ll be feeling peckish now! You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to great places to eat: Wakefield has a thriving independent food and drink scene and can offer everything from a mouth-watering Yorkshire afternoon tea to gluten-free vegetarian Abyssinian cuisine.

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After refuelling, your next stop is The Hepworth Wakefield, an award-winning art gallery on the city’s historic waterfront. While you’re there, take a moment to immerse yourself in the beautiful garden, a tranquil space combining sculpture with nature: the perfect retreat from the bustle of the city.

How about some retail therapy? With two shopping centres, The Ridings Shopping Centre and Trinity Walk, and a huge array of independent shops (selling anything from vinyl and handcrafted gifts to blankets and skateboards) you’ll definitely need your wallet!

Shopping in Wakefield

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It’s time for a cocktail to top off your busy day. The city has an eclectic mix of bars, pubs and restaurants offering space to kick back and reflect. But don’t get too relaxed, because we’re off to Theatre Royal Wakefield. With a programme offering something for everyone, you’ll find a performance to suit your taste.


Wakefield’s restaurants are second to none, whether you’re looking for Pacific fusion, South American tapas, contemporary Asian or classic British with a twist. Enjoy!

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