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Wakefield Area Spotlight

09 July 2019

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The old cathedral city of Wakefield is the perfect blend of old and new. The vast city has become a real front runner of the north due to its convenience in terms of location and good range of amenities and atmosphere. 

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. 

The Hepworth Wakefield 

Named after local artist Barbara Hepworth born and bred in Wakefield, The Hepworth Wakefield is an award-winning art gallery in the heart of the city. Its impressive architecture is only the start of the creativity that can be found inside. Showcasing modern and contemporary art and with regular fairs, markets and expeditions throughout the year, The Hepworth is a must-visit when in the area. 

Sandal Castle 

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, so much so that you may recognise the site from one of Shakespeare’s plays; an impressive claim to fame for Wakefield.  Today the ruins are a perfect spot to relax, explore and enjoy the outdoors.  

Wakefield Museum 

Want a true welcome to Wakefield? The Wakefield Museum is a vibrant introduction to Wakefield’s history and a perfect day out for all the family. The museum allows for interaction and education, with ever-changing exhibitions throughout the year.  Start your journey in the prehistoric era and see how Wakefield has developed over the years.

Wakefield isn't short of a museum, here is some more information just a few of the best museums in the area! 

Things you didn’t know About Wakefield 

Wakefield was known as the capital of the Rhubarb Triangle, the triangle as a whole produced 90% of the world’s winter forced rhubarb. Wakefield loves its rhubarb heritage so much there is even a statue of it in the city! 


Wakefield is a popular spot for families due to 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. 

Primary Schools include:-

-Jerry Clay Academy
-Outwood Primary Academy Loft house Gate
-Stanley Grove Primary

Secondary Schools include:-

-Queen Elizabeth Grammar School
-Wakefield Girls’ High School
-Silcoates School 

Eat & Drinking 

You won’t be short of things to eat and drink whilst in Wakefield. 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. A variety of meat, fish and vegetarian dishes means there is something for everyone, whilst their extensive gin menu is more than appealing to the gin lovers amongst you.

The Horse and Jockey

Situated on the outskirts of Wakefield on Bridge Road Horbury, The Horse and Jockey is the epitome of ‘The Best of British’.  The friendly atmosphere and wide selection of draught beers is just the icing on the cake to their delicious British homemade menu.  With regular live music evenings and a Sunday roast with glowing reviews, The Horse and Jockey is the perfect venue for anyone looking for good food and a good time. 

Rice 'N' Spice

If you prefer a little spice, Rice ‘N’ Spice situated on 134 Kirkgate, offers a combination of Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine.  After opening their doors in 2012 their long list of 5-star reviews has just kept growing, complimenting both their delicious menu and friendly staff. If you’re feeling hungry or fancy indulging in a Sunday treat Rice ‘n’ Spice offer an ‘All you can eat buffet’ every Sunday!

So you’ve tasted some of Wakefield’s finest cuisine, now all that remains is something to wash it down with, Wakefield isn’t short of great locations.

Bar Biccari

Welcome in the summer months or wrap up warm in the winter on the rustic rooftop terrace of Bar Biccari in The Prosecco bar. Treat yourself to a glass of fizz or try something more fruity! 

The Jolly Tap

If you choose ale over cocktails, The Jolly Tap on Northgate has you covered. Their large array of Jolly Boys Brewery ales will leave your taste buds wanting more.  

Fortythree Boutique Coffee Shop

If you fancy a little less cocktail and a bit more caffeine head to Fortythree Boutique Coffee Shop to try one of their delicious cakes or coffees. 


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!  


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. 

Properties in Wakefield 

Wakefield has a lot to offer the property market, in the previous year semidetached properties in the area achieved an average selling price of £170,653, whilst detached properties reached an average of £297,486 and terraced properties £138,956. Whilst property prices vary from area to area across the Wakefield postcode, there is a lot of choice in terms of property type, take a look at the properties currently on the market in the Wakefield area. 
If you would like any more information on Wakefield, take a look at our Wakefield Area guide, or contact our Manning Stainton Wakefield Branch  


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