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In the heart of Wakefield, opposite the Ridings shopping centre, stands the imposing building of Wakefield Cathedral. The present building is mainly 15th...

The contemporary art gallery was built in 2011 and name after Barbara Hepworth, a famous Yorkshire Sculpture. The gallery hosts a number of travelling and...

All across Wakefield are signs that follow what is called the City Trail. They tell you the history of Wakefield, describes architecture, relates historical...

The Garthwaite family, with more than 300 years of farming behind them, broke the mould of their forebears and ventured wholeheartedly into retailing. The shop has a good range of fresh meat direct from the farm, freshly baked bread and baking as well as a coffee shop and restaurant. Blacker Hall Farm Shop, Branch Road, Calder Grove, Wakefield, WF4 3DN.

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Wakefield Theatre Royal and Opera House was built in 1894 and has an imposing appearance on Westgate, one of the main roads through the city. It presents...

New app directs you through the waterways in the Aire Valley

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Embrace Wakefield’s history with an authentic miner’s journey, 140m underground at the National Coal Mining Museum for England, head to National Trust Nostell and experience the grandeur of an impressive 18th century mansion and experience the fascinating conservation works of the medieval Pontefract Castle.

I spent some time admiring the Cathedral's interior and its exquisite architecture. It's stand out beautifully on Kirkgate Hill in the city centre.There has...

We walked through this park on our way to the bus station after visiting Sandal Castle and Pugneys Country Park. The park has a children's playground in one area but the rest is rather overgrown...

An RSPB flagship nature reserve in Castleford and only a few miles from the centre of Wakefield and Leeds. There are short family walks or longer excursions, observation hide and boardwalks, all designed to get visitors closer to the wildlife and their habitats. The three main trails allow views of birds such as willow tits and tree sparrows in the woodland and lapwings, snipe and redshanks in the wet grassland. Contact RSPB Fairburn Ings Newton Lane, Ledston, Castleford, WF10 2BH.

Looking for adrenaline fuelled adventure? Wakefield’s got that covered too! Feel the thrill of windsurfing across the lake at Pugneys Country Park, jump to new heights at Gravity Trampoline Park and experience the excitement of skiing down the real snow slope at Snozone. Slow the pace with a relaxing stroll through historic woodlands and along picturesque lakeside paths – wherever you are in Wakefield, you’re never far from the scenic Yorkshire countryside.

This medieval castle was built in the 12th Century and established by the Warenne family. Firstly it was built in wood and subsequently replaced by stone. The...

St Mary's chantry chapel stands on the old Wakefield bridge in Kirkgate and was built in the 1340's. It was built as a resting place for travellers.

The club, on the outskirts of the city, is small but highly regarded club by jazz fans who are treated to star performers from around the UK and abroad. See wakefieldjazzclub.org.uk.

I never set out to buy loads of fridge magnets to celebrate my travels. What happened was I bought a large, but used fridge a couple of years ago. I paid...

York Minster is full of hidden secrets and rich history, we uncover a few.

Halloween is all about remembering the dead particularly saints and martyrs but for most especially youngsters, the night before All Saints Day is about trick and treating, costume parties, carving jack o’ lanterns from pumpkins, watching horror films and visiting haunted houses.

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A charming conservation village, two miles from the centre of Wakefield with privately owned cottages, homes and grand houses dating from the 18th century.grouped around a large common. The fine houses are mainly the 18th century work of architects James Paine and John Carr built for the wealthy merchants of Wakefield. The King's Arms Inn, a traditional pub lit my gas lamps, provides food and real ale from local brewery HB Clarke. Contact Wakefield Tourist Information Centre 0845 601 8353.

I recently visited Nostell Priory and Parklands and finally I was able to get ditigal pictures of both the house and the grounds! On this occasion, I visited...

The small town of Pateley Bridge is blessed with enviable good looks, sitting as it does amid some of the most beautiful countryside in Yorkshire.

At the heart of Wakefield city is the beautiful cathedral, it stands on the site of a Saxon church and was mainly built in the 14th and 15th centuries. The 15th century spire is 247 feet tall, and is the highest spire in Yorkshire.

Sandal Castle is an attractive place to visit at any time of the year. The first castle was built in the 12th Century and was rebuilt in stone in the 13th...

There are two birthday parties coming down the tracks this month as a pair of Kirklees institutions celebrate their silver anniversaries.

In the 1600s Haw Park Wood was originally part of the much larger ancient Don Forest and was predominantly native broadleaved species of oak and birch. The wood also has historic links with the adjoining Walton Hall Estate, once home to Charles Waterton, the famous 17th century naturalist and conservationist. Contact Wakefield Tourist Information Centre 0845 601 8353 for more information.

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An historic village that pre-dates the Domesday Book and noted for its connection to the architect John Carr, (1723-1807), the renowned Georgian architect and a former Lord Mayor of York who was born in the village and funded the church of St Peter & St Leonard, which also serves as his mausoleum. The village hosts The Horbury Show each June, which is organised by the local Rotary Club. www.horburyillage.com

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Experience something unique! Celebrate the famous Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb with a weekend packed full of live cookery demonstrations, street food, family workshops and more at the Wakefield Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb held every February. Then, in July, delight your taste buds at the sweetest festival of the year, Pontefract Liquorice Festival celebrating the town’s historic link with the flavoursome plant.

This Country Park has two lakes which were created following open cast mining and gravel and sand quarrying. Opened in 1985 to the public, the park's lakes...

I visted Newmillerdam Country Park on a family outing as a kid. We were intending to return over a year ago but the idea was abandoned due to the overwhelming...

I had a look around the Bridge and Chantry Chapel after I visited the Hepworth Gallery. The Chantry Chapel was built in the mid 1300s when the stone bridge had...

This replanted ancient wood is three miles from Wakefield city centre. The Trans Pennine Trail and the disused Barnsley Canal pass through providing good walking and cycling links to the wider countryside. 

The YSP and Bretton County Park is located five miles from Wakefield. The park offers 500 acres of beautiful countryside and landscaped gardens. World class art can be found in one of the many indoor galleries as well as in the grounds. Contact Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield WF4 4LG.

Yorkshire is full of picturesque and vibrant market towns, so we’ve chosen ten of our favourites giving you our top tourist tips.

I made an afternoon trip to Anglers Country Park in Wintersett, south east of Wakefield. The lake is the main attraction which is surrounded by woodland and...

Wakefield’s picturesque landscapes have inspired great artist and sculptors throughout history so it’s no surprise that renowned sculptors Dame Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore were both born here. Celebrate this art heritage with a visit to The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Both are proud to be multi-award winners and home to world-class artwork from artists across the globe.