History & Heritage

The Wakefield district has a rich cultural history. Dig deep and discover the history of coal mining while exploring life as a miner at the National Coal Mining Museum for England and stroll around the well-manicured grounds of a Palladian mansion at National Trust Nostell.

Get hands on with history and discover some of the stories about the heritage of our city and towns at Wakefield, Castleford and Pontefract Museums. Imagine yourself as the king or queen of Pontefract or Sandal Castle, or marvel at the tallest church spire in Yorkshire at Wakefield Cathedral.

There is so much to explore, where will you start first?

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Please note, that while we are working hard to keep information on this website up to date, things are still changing rapidly. Experiences may be a little different and pre-booking may be required.

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