Local area guide Area Guide

Wakefield is a metropolitan district of West Yorkshire. It is located on the eastern edge of the Pennines, with the River Calder running through just south of the city centre. With its position at the junction of major north-south routes to Sheffield, Leeds and Doncaster and west-east routes to Huddersfield, Dewsbury and Pontefract the city is well connected to other major north eastern cities.

Wakefield has a wide variety of properties and therefore a wide spectrum of house prices. Being nestled between many of the North’s major cities, Wakefield can offer a both a modern city centre apartment or a rural country farmhouse with acres of land. With the M62 and M1 networks running through the town this is an ideal location for commuters.

Wakefield is a diverse, multi-cultural city that boasts a huge variety of local and national shops, and many places of interest. Much of the city centre has recently undergone an expansive regeneration programme which is creating additional jobs and has provided an excellent rail network through two stations, allowing commuters to reach much of the country quickly and easily. The majority of the housing is private with excellent schools throughout the city.

The most prominent landmark in Wakefield is Wakefield Cathedral, which at 247 ft has the tallest spire in Yorkshire. Other includes the Grade II Neoclassical Crown Court of 1810, Wakefield Town Hall and the Queen Anne Style County Hall of 1898 which are Grade I listed. St John's Church and Square, St John's North and South Parade are part of a residential development dating from the Georgian period.

Regeneration projects in Wakefield included the Trinity Walk retail development to the north east of the city centre, including department stores, a supermarket and shop units. The central square at the Bull Ring has been redesigned with a water feature and the Ridings Shopping Centre has recently been refurbished.

Wakefield is a great area for property ranging from the Georgian houses close to the city centre along with Edwardian and Victorian terraces. As you leave the city and venture into the suburbs, it is possible to feel spoilt for choice with the range of excellent family homes. There are semi- and detached properties and even farmhouses and spacious period homes can be found in the rural areas, many of which come with land attached. Affordable housing is close by with many areas providing for first time buyers or investors.

Wakefield has some fantastic family spots including the lake and woodland at Newmillerdam as well as the famous Pugney’s country park where you can either take a leisurely stroll, or take part in an exciting range of water sports. Wakefield has a rugby league club, called the Wakefield Wildcats as well as many other local sports clubs. Along Westgate, many of the cities popular nightspots are situated as well as The Theatre Royal Wakefield, designed by architect Frank Matcham which opened in 1894 and currently presents a programme of entertainment including musicals, drama, live music, stand-up comedy and dance.