Wakefield Visitor Guide 2024

The creative (he)art of Yorkshire!

Welcoming over 10m visitors a year, the Wakefield district provides the opportunity for an extraordinary getaway, with inspirational art around every corner, a proud heritage stretching back to the Iron Age, stunning scenery from rolling fields to wild woodlands, and an exciting culture of foodie experiences to stimulate the senses.

The Wakefield Visitor Guide 2024 covers the Wakefield district from peaceful rural villages like Walton and Heath, thriving market towns like Ossett and Pontefract, and the vibrant cathedral city of Wakefield itself.

Described by the Daily Mail as ‘The Art and Soul of Yorkshire’, and the Guardian as ‘the UK’s unofficial city of sculpture’, Wakefield is a hub for culture and creativity, host to a flourishing art scene, and is the only location outside London to have two Art Fund Museums of the Year: The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. The district is also home to outstanding heritage venues, including the National Coal Mining Museum, shining a light on the nation’s mining history, and National Trust Nostell, one of the north of England’s great treasure houses. In addition, Wakefield is almost 70% rural, with a plethora of stunning green spaces, country parks and nature reserves in which to relax and rejuvenate. The local food scene is full of quirky eateries, cafe culture and world-class restaurants as well as food experiences including a regular award-winning street food market, gin school and beer festivals. Plus as Our Year, Wakefield district’s year of culture, 2024 also offers a spectacular programme of show-stopping events and festivals.

Featuring 44 pages of suggestions for places to visit and things to do, as well as places to eat, drink and shop, plus a great selection of accommodation. The guide also contains a What’s On guide for 2024, “don’t miss” sections, suggestions for days out, a city itinerary, a handy map and ‘getting here’ section – making the most of Wakefield’s unmatched connectivity, at the crossroads of the M1 and M62 – the Wakefield Visitor Guide is an indispensable travel handbook, and is essential reading for those looking to making the most of their holiday in the Wakefield district.