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Shopping in the city centre

One historic award-winning shopping centre, another shiny new one and hundreds of amazing independent stores are just a taste of what’s on offer here. Surprisingly diverse, cool and quirky mixed with world-famous high street brands. All empty units and closed shops? Not a chance. You’ll be surprised.

Trinity Walk

Trinity Walk shopping centre complete with its gleaming roof opened in May 2011 and forms part of the high street. It is home to more than 70 stores with major fashion, tech and beauty stores sprinkled with a few independents. You will find Debenhams, Sainsbury’s, Asda Living and Next there too alongside H&M, JD, Lush and New Look. Add in some restaurants, lots of coffee and a 1,000 space car park and you have yourself a must-visit part of the city.

The Ridings

The Ridings shopping centre is rich in history – famous for being the first food court in the UK and having the first glass wall climber lift. It won European Shopping Centre of the Year in 1984 too. But the story doesn’t stop there. The last few years have seen millions invested by the new owners with huge refurbishment, a new cinema (due summer 2019) and a mix of around 80 stores blending international favourites like Primark, M&S and TK Max with cool independents.

Cathedral Precinct

The Cathedral Precinct was created by artist Tess Jaray – one of many of her global projects – and it is home to opticians, book shops, travel agents, banks and several independent stores all in the shadow of the iconic Wakefield Cathedral. Here you’ll find pop-up markets and events throughout the year. Great place the sit and chill in summer and eat your lunch al fresco, baby!

Kirkgate

Down from the Cathedral Precinct brings you on to Kirkgate where you will find a staple diet of Wilkos, Iceland and Farm Foods with some great cafes and restaurants like Al’s Tea and coffee Shop (complete with historic images of Wakefield on the walls) and even a fabulous Japanese called Hokkaido. Swing past Weatherspoons and you will find Westmorland Street to your left with more great independent from Wakefield Comics to the award-winning Hofmann’s where pies are the order of the day. This street also connects ot the edge of Trinity Walk by Bonmarche.

Brook Street

Brook Street is a gem which people are still to this day discovering – full of independent shops. One side is lined with the new Trinity Walk extension, home to Betty Loves Candles and Phonextra, with a row of other stores on the left with everything from barbers to top notch butchers, Allums, who have been in the city for generations. You can also check out the new ShopAppy site for Wakefield city centre at wakefield.shopappy.com