It would not be overstating the point to say that Wakefield has undergone something of a renaissance in recent years.
Major investments and regeneration projects mean that the city now gives most of its more illustrious northern neighbours a run for their money and perhaps those further afield as well.
Nowhere is this regeneration more in evidence than the excellent Trinity Walk shopping centre, located right in the heart of Wakefield city centre and the refurbished Ridings shopping centre which collectively make Wakefield a ‘go to’ destination for those in need of retail therapy. This reputation is enhanced by pedestrianized streets, landscaped public spaces and a burgeoning café culture.
There is also a market hall, open Monday-Saturday, offering a range of products and services and an outdoor market selling such delights as fresh fruit, vegetables and fresh fish. The outdoor market opens Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Other places of interest within the Wakefield area include The Hepworth Gallery, The Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the ruins of Sandal Castle, Nostell Priory and the National Coal Mining Museum of England which offers underground tours, 140m below the surface.