The Old Cathedral City of Wakefield is the perfect blend of old and new.

  With alot of history behind it, the vast city has become a real front runner in the North for people looking for convenience in terms of location, a good range of amenities and a strong community atmosphere.

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Things To Do

Whether you’re looking for a day of retail therapy or want to delve into history, Wakefield has it all, from museums to Marks & Spencer, you won’t be short of things to do. Showcasing modern and contemporary art The Hepworth Wakefield is an award winning art gallery in the heart of the city. If you fancy taking a trip down Medieval history lane why not visit Sandal Castle. Overlooking the River Calder the ruins of Sandal Castle are drenched in history, whilst the Wakefield Museum will take you on a journey of Wakefield past and present.

Things you didn't know about Wakefield

Many famous faces have been born and raised in Wakefield, including popular indie band The Cribs, England Cricketer Geoffrey Boycott OBE and Helen Worth; more commonly recognised as Coronation Streets Gail Platt. .

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Our interactive map of Wakefield shows you all the schools in and around the area, alongside school summaries, Ofsted results, reviews and more.

Schools in Wakefield

Wakefield is a popular spot for families due its impressive array of both primary and secondary schools. The Wakefield area has over 50 primary schools and more than 20 secondary schools alongside 2 further education colleges.

  • Flanshaw Junior & Infants School
  • Jerry Clay Academy
  • Meadowcroft School
  • Outwood Primary Academy
  • Silcoates School
  • Stanley Grove Primary
  • Queen Elizabeth Grammer School
  • Wakefield Girls' High School


Transport links from Wakefield are second to none, situated just 9 miles out of Leeds City Centre train services from Wakefield Westgate and Kirkgate connect to the city to Leeds, Bradford, and as far as London. The city also offers efficient links to motorway networks such as the M1 and M62, alongside the many bus services around the Wakefield area and nearby towns.


    Wakefield was an important market town and centre for wool using its position on the navigable River Calder to become an inland port.  Throughout the 18th Century Wakefield traded corn, coal and textiles.

    Trinity Walk shopping centre in Wakefield

    Eating & Drinking

    Whether you fancy Italian, Indian or traditional British cuisine, Wakefield has a restaurant for you. The refurbished Barclays bank situated on 1-3 Wood Street, makes an impressive setting for ‘Qubana’. Combining the self-described ‘Latin flair of Cuba with the honest flavours of Spain’ creates an exciting menu. If you prefer a little spice, Rice ‘N’ Spice situated on 134 Kirkgate, offers a combination of Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine. Once you’ve tasted some of Wakefield’s finest cuisine, all that remains is something to wash it down with. Treat yourself to a glass of fizz or try something fruitier at The Prosecco Bar or sample some of Jolly Boys Brewery ales at The Jolly Tap.


    Wakefield is not short of options for a spot of retail therapy. The Trinity Walk is a go to for high street brands including H&M, Next and Debenhams. Between Cross Square, Cross Street and Northgate there is a wealth of independent businesses, boutiques and much more to be explored!  .

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