Guides

On this page, we bring together the best local voices to create curated experiences across the Wakefield district. 

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Art & Sculpture

Wakefield’s reputation as a city of sculpture is headline news. We are advocates of art, renowned for remarkable artists, have two award-winning g...

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Essential Wakefield

Award-winning art and sculpture, fascinating history and heritage, innovative food and drink venues, a vibrant live music scene, breathtaking green spaces and much more…

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History & Heritage

The Wakefield district has a history that spans thousands of years, takes in agriculture and industry, houses two medieval castles, a flurry of fascinat...

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Wakefield’s Top Music Venues

Wakefield has a rich and varied musical heritage; Holyground Records, the world’s first independent record label was founded here. In the 60s huge acts ...

Art & Sculpture

Together and Apart

Whilst the pandemic is not out of sight just yet, it feels as though something resembling normality is beginning to set in. Remnants of pre-Covid life are starting to reappear; musicia...

Festival Of The Earth

Welcome to the Festival of the Earth, an exciting collection of events, activities, workshops and more taking place from 10 July to 31 October across the district. Joi...

The Women Who Shaped Wakefield in Five Historic Hotspots

Discover more about the women who helped shape the direction of the district by perusing five spots within easy reach of the city centre.

How to Enjoy Rainy Day Fun in the Wakefield District

Full disclosure: it is not always beautifully sunny with azure blue skies in the Wakefield district. With this in mind, it is always good to bear a few rainy day activities in mind, ju...

Museums & Heritage

The Wheels of Fortunes: The Rebirth of One Mine as The National Coal Mining Museum

For one mine in the Wakefield district, closure as a coal producing mine was the beginning of a new chapter.

The Wheels of Fortunes: Remembering the Coal Industry

Coal has been mined in Wakefield since time immemorial. Find out more about the places that were shaped by coal mining.

The Women Who Shaped Wakefield in Five Historic Hotspots

Discover more about the women who helped shape the direction of the district by perusing five spots within easy reach of the city centre.

Capturing the Crown

In a 30-minute walk from the Chantry Chapel to Sandal Castle, retrace the historic events that ended in the Battle of Wakefield – a brutal power struggle for the crown of England...

Music, Theatre & Film

Theatre Royal Wakefield

If you were born and/or raised in Wakefield, then Theatre Royal Wakefield is sure to be a familiar sight.

Public Service Broadcasting playing at Wakefield Festival of the Moon

Wakefield’s Top Music Venues

Wakefield has a rich and varied musical heritage; Holyground Records, the world’s first independent record label was founded here. In the 60s huge acts ...

Nature & Outdoor

Walking the Wakefield Way

Undulating countryside, charming historical villages and industrial heritage… What better way to explore the Wakefield district than on foot!

Wakefield City Safari: Birds, Bees and Beasties

Take a stroll through Wakefield and discover the animals that have called Wakefield home – including some mythical ones!

10 Free Family Summer Days Out in Wakefield

From being transported 140m down into England’s last deep coal mine or experiencing one of modern England’s most terrifying castle dungeons, to venturing outdoors experiencing the worl...

5 Buggy Walks in Wakefield

There is lots on offer for families, including families with pushchairs, all across the Wakefield district. Have a read through these outdoor adventures, and get planning your next tri...

Sport & Adventure

Sporting Activities You Can Enjoy Across Wakefield District

If you want to unleash your inner Joe Wicks, then there are plenty of opportunities to take up a sporting activity across Wakefield. Whether you are looking for ball games, individual ...

Walking the Wakefield Way

Undulating countryside, charming historical villages and industrial heritage… What better way to explore the Wakefield district than on foot!

How to Enjoy Rainy Day Fun in the Wakefield District

Full disclosure: it is not always beautifully sunny with azure blue skies in the Wakefield district. With this in mind, it is always good to bear a few rainy day activities in mind, ju...

Essential Castleford

Romans, Burberry and the rugby Super League – Castleford is a market town full of intrigue.

Family Friendly

Festival Of The Earth

Welcome to the Festival of the Earth, an exciting collection of events, activities, workshops and more taking place from 10 July to 31 October across the district. Joi...

How to Enjoy Rainy Day Fun in the Wakefield District

Full disclosure: it is not always beautifully sunny with azure blue skies in the Wakefield district. With this in mind, it is always good to bear a few rainy day activities in mind, ju...

10 Free Family Summer Days Out in Wakefield

From being transported 140m down into England’s last deep coal mine or experiencing one of modern England’s most terrifying castle dungeons, to venturing outdoors experiencing the worl...

5 Buggy Walks in Wakefield

There is lots on offer for families, including families with pushchairs, all across the Wakefield district. Have a read through these outdoor adventures, and get planning your next tri...

Food & Drink

Best Restaurants In Wakefield City Centre

After a long day of exploring and taking in the sights, there’s nothing better than a mouth-watering meal with friends and family! We’ve put together this city centre selection f...

Real Ale and Craft Beer in the Merrie City

Wakefield’s reputation as the “Merrie City” can be traced back to the Middle Ages. And whilst it would be difficult to predict what medieval socialites would have made of Rhubarb Ale, ...

Great Independent Farm Shops in Wakefield

Whether you are a vegetarian or a meat-eater, the Wakefield district has much to offer to the ethical consumer, with thriving farm shops delivering fresh local produce, both in store a...

Brilliant Breakfast Spots in Wakefield

There are plenty of places in the Wakefield district where you can get your fix of a delicious breakfast, a freshly ground coffee and – of course – that all-important chat ...

Shopping

Essential Pontefract

Nestled in the heart of West Yorkshire, Pontefract is a charming market town and a hidden gem just waiting to be discovered.

Great Independent Farm Shops in Wakefield

Whether you are a vegetarian or a meat-eater, the Wakefield district has much to offer to the ethical consumer, with thriving farm shops delivering fresh local produce, both in store a...

Wakefield’s Independent Retail

From clothing to candles, and boutiques to barbershops, there’s a wealth of independent retail to be found in Wakefield.

Essential Castleford

Romans, Burberry and the rugby Super League – Castleford is a market town full of intrigue.

Where to Stay

Indulge in a weekend away at one of Wakefield’s luxury hotels and spas

We all deserve a bit of a treat sometimes and if you’re looking for that special place for you and your loved ones, then look no further! Wakefield offers a selection of hotels steeped...

Itineraries

72 Hours in the Wakefield District

Extend your trip and experience everything the Wakefield district has to offer!

24 Hours in The Merrie City

There’s so much to do in Wakefield that it’s not easy to see it all in a day! So to help you make the most of our wonderful city, here’s a handy itinerary that showcases some highlight...

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