Welcome to Wakefield

Explore the city centre and you’ll find independent boutiques and high street favourites along with a choice of tea rooms and coffee stops. Take a tour of Wakefield Cathedral to hear the history of this spectacular place of worship then enter a world of discovery as you learn the stories of the city and its people at Wakefield Museum.

Delve deeper into our heritage as you journey 140m underground at the National Coal Mining Museum for England. Fancy something a little more elegant? Make sure you visit National Trust Nostell to explore an 18th century mansion set amid 300 acres of gardens, lakeside paths and parkland.

Celebrate the area’s art heritage and see world class sculpture at The Hepworth Wakefield. Prepare to be wowed as you explore art scattered across picturesque landscapes at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. It’s not all about the galleries; look out for self-led Artwalk nights where art and ale collide with pop-up workshops and live performances.

There’s so much to discover, take a look below for more inspiration...

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What's On in Wakefield

Seaside in Wakefield

Seaside in the City

Wakefield Precinct

Sat 17 - Sun 18 Aug 2019

The Hepworth Summer Fair

The Hepworth Wakefield Summer Fair

The Hepworth Wakefield

Sat 17 - Sun 18 Aug 2019

Wakefield Railway Modellers' Society

Wakefield Railway Modellers' Society Open Day

Wakefield Railway Modellers' Society

Sun 18 Aug 2019

Meet a Miner

Pithead Bath Explore

National Coal Mining Museum for England

Sun 18 Aug 2019

Meet a Miner

Hope Pit Explore

National Coal Mining Museum for England

Sun 18 Aug 2019

Studio Of Sanctuary Print Workshops

Studio of Sanctuary Summer Print Workshops

The Art House

Mon 19 Aug 2019

Ancient Egyptian Animals

Ancient Egyptian Animals

Wakefield Museum

Mon 19 Aug 2019

Front Crawl & Backstroke Booster

Front Crawl & Backstroke Booster

Pontefract Swimming Pool

Mon 19 Aug 2019

Retro arcade gaming

Space 1989

Wakefield Library

Mon 19 Aug 2019

Diving Taster Session

Diving Taster Session

Minsthorpe Leisure

Mon 19 Aug 2019

Synchronised Swimming Taster Session

Synchronised Swimming Taster Session

Sun Lane Leisure

Tue 20 Aug 2019

Editing

Youth Taster Days: Create a Stop Motion Animation

National Coal Mining Museum for England

Tue 20 Aug 2019

Water Polo Taster Session

Water Polo Taster Session

Sun Lane Leisure

Tue 20 Aug 2019

Mini Museum Explorers

Mini Museum Explorers

Wakefield Museum

Tue 20 Aug 2019

Outdoor Sculpture Building: Come Rain, Come Shine

Outdoor Sculpture Building: Come Rain, Come Shine

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Tue 20 Aug 2019

Space Storytime

Space Storytime

Wakefield Library

Tue 20 Aug 2019

Introduction To Swimming

Introduction To Swimming 8yrs+

Sun Lane Leisure

Tue 20 Aug 2019

Space Cookery

Space Cookery

Wakefield Library

Wed 21 Aug 2019

Meet a Miner

Wacky Wednesday Seaside Special

National Coal Mining Museum for England

Wed 21 Aug 2019

Diving Taster Session

Diving Taster Session

Minsthorpe Leisure

Wed 21 Aug 2019

Step into a world of mystery as you discover stories of Wakefield people and their lives, some over a thousand years in the making, others are only just beginning. See the exhibitions come alive as you explore the museum through the special Digitrail.

And don't miss your chance to explore the extraordinary world of Charles Waterton, creator of the world's first nature reserve. Are you brave enough to stand on top of the caiman?

Discover more here