South of Leeds, and in the region of West Yorkshire, Wakefield is a formerly industrial cathedral city.
With a vibrant history, since its foundation, it’s been an area of historic interest. During the fabled Wars of the Roses, the Battle of Wakefield was a key event in the history of not only Yorkshire but England.
Surrounded by some extremely picturesque landscapes, there have been countless famous people from Wakefield, including an impressive roster of world-renowned artists, including Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore to name but two.
In terms of culture, there are several museums in the city, with The Hepworth being one of the most popular art galleries in Yorkshire, if not the whole of the UK. It’s unusual, brutalist architecture makes it stand out as intended and that theme flows through the experience within its walls too.
Nearby you’ve got the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, a wonderful destination for those who are both passionate about art and the outdoors. A wonderful place to spend a day or an afternoon, it’s one not to be missed if you’re in the region.
You’d be forgiven for overlooking a museum who’s sole focus is coal. However, when you consider the important part this power giving material has on the UK in terms of industry, The National Coal Mining Museum for England gives the perfect insight into one of the most economically significant times in our history.
Wakefield has a great array of bars, restaurants and cafes on offer. There’s a bustling high street with many chain and independent businesses, ready to offer service with a smile to those visiting the area.