Wakefield occupies a central position from which to explore the four quarters of Yorkshire – East, West, North and South. It is a county of contrasts, from peaceful countryside to dynamic cities and from historical sites to the most modern amenities. There is something for everyone in Yorkshire – and you won't even need to cross the county border!
A colourful history has shaped the Wakefield District, and it now offers a rare combination of heritage, countryside, entertainment, culture, shopping and sport. Wakefield has a host of leisure opportunities, from leading museums and galleries such as the internationally acclaimed Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Hepworth Gallery where examples of the work of internationally renowned sculptors Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth can be found, to country parks such as Newmillerdam, Bretton and Pugneys; havens for wildlife and water sports.
Wakefield’s nightlife lives up to the city’s historical name of the ‘Merrie City’ and whilst the city itself is alive until the early hours with pubs, clubs and bars, there are also numerous country pubs and restaurants which offer quieter evenings out.
The District is famous for its sporting traditions and offers opportunities to witness the rivalry between the local rugby league teams or sample watersports, golf, racing, athletics, fishing, even snowboarding, skiing and other extreme sports at the Xscape leisure complex. But if you simply fancy a stroll, the District's many country parks have few equals.
If you want to experience city life in Yorkshire, look no further than nearby Leeds, a fast- paced shopaholic's dream. Here you can explore Victorian arcades, a huge indoor market and contemporary shopping centres complete with a variety of places to eat and drink. Leeds is famous for its nightlife and people travel miles to enjoy its pubs, clubs and restaurants. Yorkshire’s towns and cities also boast a huge range of theatres, from the traditional, beautifully restored Leeds Grand, Sheffield Lyceum and Wakefield Theatre Royal to modern venues such as Sheffield Crucible and West Yorkshire Playhouse. You can choose from drama, musicals, opera, ballet, modern dance, stand-up comedy … the list is endless.
These are just a few of the attractions Yorkshire has to offer. When you come to Wakefield to study, we hope you will take the time to explore the region and get to know some of its people. Welcome to the White Rose County.
For more information about Wakefield visit www.experiencewakefield.co.uk.