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5 Places to visit in Wakefield

by Kimberley Benn, Oct 2018

The National Coal Mining Museum

Several centuries’ worth of history of Britain’s mining industry is preserved here. You meet a real miner and will be able to go 140 metres below ground to immerse you fully in the experience. It is located on Caphouse Colliery New Road in Overton.

Newmillerdam Country Park

This lovely park is home to a lake in the centre surrounded by coniferous trees with a path meandering between the two natural features. Only 3.5 miles south of Wakefield, the park is perfect for joggers, walkers and cyclists, thanks to the way marked trails.

Theatre Royal Wakefield

First constructed in the 1770’s, the theatres current design was finished 1894 for around £13,000 (about £1,181,360 in todays money). It was designed by architect Frank Matcham and is the smallest still in existence of his designs. Today the theatre plays a producing role in The John Godber Company.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

This is one of the world leading centres in contemporary art. The 1700’s Bretton Estate inspires most of the art. Events change constantly, with multiple different activities and exhibitions, so make sure to see what’s on when you intend to visit. The events usually changed based on the time of year, so head down soon to see what autumns events will be.

Wakefield Cathedral

This holy building has been in existence for over 1000 years. Located right in the city centre, it is a hub of activity for both locals and visitors alike. Many people who are just shopping or walking will stop to light a candle or say a prayer in the church.