Crocodiles! Now we’ve got your attention…visit Wakefield Museum at the Wakefield One building, home to The Extraordinary World of Charles Waterton. Inspired by this pioneering Victorian eco-warrior, it features birds, a monkey, snake and, yes, the amazing Cayman crocodile which he rode ashore in South America! Visitors can also imagine life as a nineteenth century prisoner in Wakefield Jail, discover the area’s rugby heritage, hear the strange crackle that forced rhubarb makes when growing, plus little visitors can dress up and play with the Rhubarb Express train.
Catch the latest Hollywood blockbusters at the city’s cinema, Reel, on the top floor of The Ridings shopping centre. The brand new cinema (opened summer 2019) offers tickets at around the £5 so it is ideal for all ages. That means a quick trip into the city turns into film, shopping, eating, drinking = good times.
Theatre Royal Wakefield is a famous attraction in its own right having played host to many incredible people over the decades including Julie Andrews, Ernie Wise, Stan Laurel and Sir Ian McKellen. Here you will find everything from major touring stage shows, to famous comedians, children’s shows and amateur dramatics. Do not miss their sellout annual pantomime every winter!
Dive into fun at Sun Lane Leisure, whether you want serious 25m lane swimming or straight up fun with a splash zone session. There’s also a kids’ pool for the little ones, plus sauna and steam rooms if you just fancy chilling in the heat, as so to speak.
While visiting our city centre, take the short hop to one of the UK’s best world-class art galleries which you can walk to or hop on our free city bus for a 5 minute drive to get to. The iconic The Hepworth Wakefield gallery was awarded UK Museum of the Year award in 2017, and the stunning building is matched only by the amazing sculptures and galleries inside – not to mention a cracking café. It sits on the banks of the Calder and is now home to a kids’ playground and brand new garden (opening summer 2019). If coming by car, park at The Ridings or Trinity Walk and hop aboard the free city bus.
West Yorkshire History Centre is a dream for history buffs. It is home to an unparalleled record of the history of the West Riding of Yorkshire and its communities from 1194 to the present day. The Wakefield centre has the third largest local authority archive in Great Britain comprising over 10 million documents. The shelving for all the collections would reach almost twice the height of Everest! Usually open Monday to Friday with special events too.