Activities and Attractions
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Wakefield Museum Tel:01924 305376
The museum explores the history of Wakefield in the Main Gallery, with stories, of wealth and power, hardship and hope, love and war and passion and belief through the eyes of the people involved in shaping the city. The museum features a Victorian Kitchen and a 1940’s living room, as well as a Special Exhibition Gallery, which showcases a varied programme of displays inspired by the museum’s collections along with loans from other sources.
Sandal Castle Tel:01924 249779 (Visitor Centre)
The castle is best known as the site of the famous Battle of Wakefield which was fought nearby in 1460 during the Wars of the Roses in which Richard, Duke of York was killed. Remains of the 13th century stone castle and the fine motte bailey can been seen on site and the modern visitor centre features hands-on displays about the history of Sandal Castle and its owners.
Wakefield Cathedral Tel:01924 373923
Built on the site of an 11th century Norman church, the cathedral is a landmark in the city. The spire, at 247ft, makes this the tallest church in Yorkshire and the church retains its 17th century font and 18th century pulpit.
National Coal Mining Museum Tel:01924 848806
The museum takes visitors on a journey back through time to experience the sights, sounds and smells of a working coalmine. Above ground explore original colliery buildings such as the 1876 steam winder, the medical centre where miners’ injuries were treated and the pithead baths where they cleaned up at the end of every shift.
Nostell Priory House Tel:01924 863892
Formally the site of a monastery, the Priory is an 18th-century architectural masterpiece with Adam interiors, Chippendale furniture, fine collections and landscape park and gardens. The house is surrounded by 300 acres of parkland, lakes and formal gardens all waiting to be explored.