Heritage Centre:West Yorkshire History Centre

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West Yorkshire History Centre

West Yorkshire History Centre

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West Yorkshire History Centre,
127 Kirkgate,


* Updated 15 September 2020

We are offering a limited service to visitors who need to access our original documents for their research. All visitors are required to book their visit and order documents at least one week in advance. Please do not travel to our building without having received confirmation of your booking.

Tuesday: 10:00 – 12:30 & 13.30 – 16.00
Friday: 10:00 – 12:30 & 13.30 – 16.00
Temporarily closed on Mondays and Thursdays *

West Yorkshire History Centre is home to the Wakefield office of West Yorkshire Archive Service (WYAS).

The West Yorkshire History Centre is home to one of the largest collections of records in the country covering the old West Riding of Yorkshire, the current county of West Yorkshire and the Wakefield district.

The West Yorkshire History Centre is free to visit, we have an exhibition space displaying items from our collections, a learning zone for schools and events and a searchroom with free access to ancestry on public computers.

WYAS are the county archive service for West Yorkshire. We have five offices in Wakefield, Leeds, Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale. WYAS are part of West Yorkshire Joint Services who are jointly funded by the five borough councils in West Yorkshire.

WYAS aims to collect and permanently preserve the unique documentary history of West Yorkshire. WYAS hold records dating from the twelfth century through to present day - that is over 800 years of history! With five offices situated around West Yorkshire WYAS can help you:
• Discover your family history
• Learn about your local area
• Care for your history and collections

Baby changing facilitiesDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for educational visitsPublic toiletsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Smoking not allowed

Opening details

Tuesday: 10:00 – 12:30 & 13.30 – 16.00
Friday: 10:00 – 12:30 & 13.30 – 16.00
Temporarily closed on Mondays and Thursdays


Free entry



See location of West Yorkshire History Centre on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SE 336206  Lat: 53.68112 Long: -1.49246

By Road:
Follow signs for Wakefield city centre.

By Public Transport:
Nearest train station: Wakefield Kirkgate Railway Station
Nearest bus station: Wakefield Bus Station

Parking: with charge


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed