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.
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