Living in Wakefield, West Yorkshire
Posted on 8th February 2023 at 10:39
Wakefield, a small city home to around 350,000 residents, is located in West Yorkshire, just 9 miles south of major city Leeds along the river Calder. Wakefield's history is plain to see, a delightful civic quarter and a fine display of beautifully built historical buildings. There's no finer display than that of Wakefield Cathedral, sat in the very heart of the city and dominating the city skyline with its 247-foot spire, the tallest in Yorkshire. With all that said Wakefield has undergone a major transformation in the last decade, modernising and appealing itself to a wide range of businesses, tourists, shoppers and people vying to move here all due to great transport links, widespread residential development and heavy investment in leisure and shopping facilities by Wakefield council.
Wakefield is very well connected, it has good access to motorways with both the M1 and M62 being in close proximity of the city, a regular bus service, complimented with a free city bus and two train stations within walking distance of the city centre. Both train stations, Wakefield Westgate and Wakefield Kirkgate, have undergone multi-million pound refurbishments in recent years, making them more accessible, safer and increasing frequency of services. Trains to Leeds run every 20 minutes and a train to London runs every half hour and can whisk you away to London's Kings Cross in just two hours. The nearby airport Leeds Bradford is also only 21 miles from Wakefield centre and provides international flights to anywhere you may desire.
There are two main shopping centres in Wakefield, to meet the increasing needs of local residents for shopping amenities and to attract more visitors into the area. There is Ridings shopping centre which has a range of independent shops and household names such as Primark and M&S. Then a short walk away is the more recent addition of Trinity Walk shopping centre, with over 60 different shops including major high street brands such as Next, H&M and New Look to name a few. As well as the main city centre there are several small shopping parks and multiple major supermarkets including Morrisons, Sainsburys, Aldi, Lidl and ASDA, and if you fancy travelling a little bit further out you have Europe's largest shopping village, the Junction 32 Outlet Village at Castleford.
Within Junction 32, is Xscape, the perfect destination for yourself, with family or friends to have an action-packed day out, there's a variety of fun activities from climbing, laser tag and adventure golf to skiing, sledging and riding the Skycoaster, and also loads of places to eat and outdoor sports brands to shop at. Wakefield always has something interesting to visit or exciting happening, from Pontefract Castle, considered to be one of the most important and historically significant castles in Yorkshire, the historic Sandal Castle, besieged during the civil war in the 1640's, to the historic Nostell Priory and the National Coal Mining Museum, there's plenty out there for any history buffs. For those more interested in art, you have the world class art gallery, The Hepworth, designed by the famous British architect David Chipperfield, commemorating the works of famous sculptor Barbara Hepworth, who was born and raised in Wakefield, and the award-winning Yorkshire Sculpture Park at Bretton. Other highlights include Pugney's Water sports centre and country park for a bit of water sport's action, the Theatre Royal Wakefield on Drury Lane for some live music and entertainment and the famous 'Rhubarb Triangle' celebrated each year with a special festival in the city.
And after you’ve done with your big day out, why not go for some food and drink, or even let your hair down and have a night on the town with your mates. In terms of dining, you’ve got everything from fast food to fine-dining with a range of restaurants serving cuisine from across the world. You have choices from hundreds of independent cafes, shops and takeaways to more classic options like McDonalds, KFC, Burger King, Subway, Dominoes, Spoons, Pizza hut, Nando's and Greggs. If you fancy being a little more adventurous you have some fantastic options to choose from like Rustico Italian Restaurant, serving authentic Italian food, Smokehouse which serves proper BBQ food and Estabulo Rodizio Bar and Grill, which serves incredibly tasty, fresh meat from the open flame straight to the table. And if it is a night out you fancy there's loads of clubs and live music venues, as well as cocktail bars and pubs, some of the highest rated pubs in Wakefield are The Hop, Henry Boons and the Elephant and Castle, and if you fancy going even bigger you could venture out into Leeds and checkout the nightlife there.
Whilst the entertainment and shopping are great for settling into the area, there's also some important stuff to know as well, the residential opportunities in Wakefield are great, with loads of properties available to buy and rent in the city centre and beyond from flats, maisonettes, town houses and country houses to new build developments. There's also loads of local amenities available from doctor’s surgeries, chemists, Post offices, Banks and plenty of really good schools with great reviews from Ofsted, Wakefield is also home to one of the biggest building projects in NHS history in Pinderfields Hospital.
Familiarising yourself with the area is a great way to settle into Wakefield, try to spend some time walking around the City centre, googling or spending some time with a map to research the local area, so you know where things like supermarkets are, as well as hospitals, GP's, Dentists and Chemists, spend some time visiting the bus station and familiarising yourself with the bus service, as well as visiting the train station and looking at how to get to places you are likely to visit. These will all set you up to living in the area comfortably and confidently, and remember the team is always here to assist you with any questions you might have.
Below are some useful links to the area-
Arriva bus service- Website
Bus station- Union St, Wakefield WF1 3AQ
Wakefield Westgate- Mulberry Way, Wakefield WF1 2QN
Wakefield Kirkgate- Monk St, Wakefield WF1 4EL
Pinderfields Hospital- Website
Aberford Rd, Wakefield WF1 4DG
Wakefield Police station- Website
6 Laburnum Rd, Wakefield WF1 3QP
Wakefield Council- Website
Schools- Find a school
Information for your postcode- Website
Experience Wakefield- Website
Citizens Advice- Website
Wakefield Town Hall- Wood St, Wakefield WF1 2HQ
The Markets Post Office for your PRP- 6-16 New York St, Leeds LS2 7DZ
Academy Care- Website
47 Northgate, Wakefield WF1 3BH
Banks in Wakefield- Find a bank
Wakefield Post Office- Website
Trinity Walk Shopping Centre, Marsh Way, Wakefield WF1 1QU
Trinity Walk- Website
Trinity Walk, Wakefield WF1 1QS
The Ridings Shopping Centre- Website
Almshouse Ln, Wakefield WF1 1DS
45 Kirkgate, Wakefield WF1 1HX
Dewsbury Rd, Wakefield WF2 9BL
Kingsway, Ossett WF5 8DA
Unit 1 Snow Hill Rise, Wakefield WF1 2UZ
Just Eat- Website
Uber Eats- Website
Wakefield Eats- Website
Ace Taxies- 01924 299999
Wakefield Cars- 01924 380000
CALL 999- In an Emergency
CALL 101- In a Non-Emergency for Police
CALL 111- In an Non-Emergency to speak to the NHS 111 service
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