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Things to do in Wakefield
Wakefield is a city with rich history and culture. It's also home to many attractions, such as the Wakefield Museum of Natural History, which features a variety of hands-on exhibits that are fun for kids and adults alike. Whether you're looking for family-friendly activities or something more adventurous, we've got you covered! Below is our guide to Wakefield things to do!
Let us begin by taking a look at Wakefield's history. Of the largest towns outside London, Wakefields traces back much further than most - having Roman settlements on Castle Hill that date from around AD 200! The town has since grown into one of the most important industrial centres in England, with Wakefield's first mills dating back to 1207. Wakefield has been a town of many changes and during Norman times it became a market centre and parish name in its own right when Wakefields were made up of eight hamlets including South Elmsall which is now part of the Pontefract district.
Walk around the Wakefield Cathedral and admire the architecture. Visit one of the many museums in town, including The Prince of Wales Museum, which has a lot to offer for all ages. Shop at any of the many stores in Wakefield City Centre Wander through the beautiful gardens at Nunnery Wood or visit Oakwell Hall Farm Park with its wide range of animals. Enjoy tea and cake at The Old White Horse Tea Rooms on Kirkgate Market Square, or take your family to watch an ice-skating show at Ice Shepherds Arena or enjoy a day out actually skating yourself if you're feeling brave and energetic. Below is a short description about each local attraction.
Museums in Wakefield
The Prince Of Wales museum is home to over four thousand objects and is worth a visit during your time in Wakefield. Some of the subjects covered include natural history, local industry and archaeology, which will be sure to keep you entertained for a long time.
I love visiting this museum because it has something for everyone from an impressive natural history exhibition to interactive galleries where you can meet local people or explore some of the many things that make Yorkshire great: farming practices, food production and manufacturing as well as North East industrial heritage. The gallery also features British artists alongside international exhibitions which means there's always new art on show.The World Cultures Gallery highlights artefacts from cultures across the world highlighting their different customs and traditions such as West African masks/figurines or Colombian textiles (to name just two). It provides us with inspiration for our own community while giving visitors the chance to learn from other cultures.
Other excellent examples are offered by the Wakefield Museum Trust which runs three museums - Westgate Mill Textile Museum (the oldest working textile mill in England) Windmill Hill Open Air Museum(a restored 18th century windmill) and Sandal Castle Medieval Village (an authentic replica medieval village). These locations provide an interesting insight into local industry during times gone by.
Wakefield's most well known landmark is Wakefield's own cathedral - a spectacular building which dominates the skyline of this Yorkshire town. The first stones were laid in 1837 but Wakefield cathedrals construction didn't finish until 1880 when it was officially consecrated by Dr Beresford. This magnificent structure can be found on Dean Street with its distinctive spire towering high into the sky above all else around it.
The building is now known as Wakefield Cathedral and was first built on this site around 680 AD when Saint Wilfrid brought Christianity back to Yorkshire after Roman rule ended. It has undergone many changes over its lifetime beginning with an early Norman church which then became a seat for Catholicism during Henry VIII's English Reformation. After being bombed by Nazi Luftwaffe bombers during World War Two, much restoration work occurred until the building was re-consecrated in 1962.
Nunnery Wood is one of Wakefield's most popular open spaces which has been publicly owned since 1967 when it became part of Calderdale Council Parks Department. With miles upon miles of woodland walks you can explore its many different habitats including meadows, ponds and deep wooded areas.
Oakwell Hall Farm Park
This place is a working farm located in the north of Wakefield on Queen Elizabeth Way North. It has over 60 acres of land that are home to dairy cows, sheep and pigs as well as many other animals including geese, ducks, ponies and donkeys. For younger visitors there's also an outdoor play area with swings, or you can take part in one of their daily activities such as tractor rides.
Ice Shepherds Arena
Every weekend there is an ice-skating show where spectators can watch as professional skaters perform on the rink. It has been running since 2003 when it was first opened in Wakefield City Centre but relocated six years later due to its popularity. If skating isn't your thing then why not just take a trip up to the restaurant up top that overlooks everything?
If someone wants to go shopping while they are in town, take them into Wakefield City Centre and explore the many stores lined up on Kirkgate Market Square. There are some great independent clothes shops, a huge variety of food stalls to tempt your taste buds with anything from Chinese noodles to Nepalese specialities, as well as plenty of places that sell crafts or have antiques for sale too.
I'm sure you'll agree that shopping is one of the best things to do when visiting a new place.
The city centre offers everything from high street names like Next and Debenhams, through to independent retailers such as Lottie's Clothes or Handmade at Home. There are also many lovely coffee shops where you can enjoy your hot drink whilst people watching on Kirkgate Market Square or visit any one of our cafés for lunch - be it soup and sandwiches from Café Whispers, home-style food served up by Amalfi Pizza Express or delicious pizzas with locally sourced produce from Redwood Place Pizzeria. There are plenty of places where you can buy a souvenir to remember your trip by, whether you're looking for something classy from Royal Crown Jewellers or just a quirky gift such as the iconic Wakefield Penny Farthing.
Wakefield's transport links are very good, either by road or rail, there are so many ways for you to get here. With an M62 junction close-by Wakefield can be accessed from as far north as Manchester and Birmingham whilst trains run London Midland services directly into the heart of town. The motorways provide easy access to both Leeds Bradford International Airport and Leeds Bradford Airport Wakefield.
We follow this up with a little bit on Wakefield's rich sporting heritage and the facilities available to visitors. First we have Wakefield Trinity Wildcats rugby league club at Belle Vue, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats professional rugby union team (also known as 'The Yorkshire Terriers'), Wakefield Town FC football club and Greyhound Racing from Robin Hood Stadium. We also mention that there are two 18-hole golf courses in Wakefield's vicinity for all you budding golfers!