Experience Wakefield, Yorkshire, England
Immerse yourself in the changing cultural landscape of the Cathedral City of Wakefield, enjoy nearby bustling market towns Pontefract and Castleford and relax in charming villages like Heath where "real ale" pubs are still lit by gas light.
Wakefield is home to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, a visual feast of world famous sculpture set in 500 acres of 18th century parkland. Modern and contemporary art is displayed against the backdrop of stunning vistas and landscapes, alongside underground galleries and indoor exhibitions showcasing the work of artists from around the globe.
Descend 140 metres underground during a guided tour at the National Coal Mining Museum and experience the stories and wit of a real Yorkshire miner whilst exploring Yorkshires industrial heritage and sitting alongside the modern day museum is Hope Pit; an example of mining life in Victorian Britain.
Discover Wakefield’s past at one of the districts Museums; Pontefract Museum, Castleford Museum Room and Wakefield Museum or view the impressive collections of Wakefield Art Gallery, which include the work of local sculptors Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. During your visit, catch up with the news on the development of the districts latest cultural gem The Hepworth Wakefield due to open in 2009.
Climb "right up to the top of the hill" with the Grand Old Duke of York at Sandal Castle & Visitor Centre, a War of the Roses battle site, made famous in the children’s nursery rhyme. The ruins stand in a commanding position overlooking the River Calder and the valley below. Listen to tales detailing the murder of a King of England at Pontefract Castle or dare to explore at night during one of the many ghost walks that take place thorough out the year.
What ever your reason for visiting, culture, leisure or pleasure, there is a wealth of activities, entertainment, festivals and attractions to keep you busy and with future developments such as The Hepworth Wakefield, Trinity Walk Shopping Centre & Market Hall all under way there will be plenty to see when you re-visit Wakefield in the future.
*Look out for the new visitor Website Spring 2008!
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