visit wakefield

Getting to Wakefield is easy by plane, train and automobile! See here for more including parking.

Visiting Wakefield City Centre

It’s easy, it’s cheap and we have every way of getting here (except by aeroplane, you need to land at Leeds Bradford international just up the road)! Once here, hop aboard the free city bus to get around quickly and for free! They depart approximately every 10 minutes from Wakefield bus station Monday to Saturday and stop at various points in the city centre as well as Westgate rail station, Kirkgate rail station, The Hepworth Wakefield, Cathedral retail park, Wakefield One (and museum) and several other places.

Well Connected

Wakefield connects directly to the M1 and the M62 motorways as well as the main A-roads from Leeds, Bradford, Barnsley and Huddersfield. When entering the outskirts of the city centre lookout for the big two letters on the signs which refer to each major car park, the biggest being Merchant Gate near the Westgate rail station, The Ridings and Trinity Walk.


Parking in Wakefield city centre is cheap and handy! It’s 90p for an hour and £2.80 for 4 hours in most council car parks and both The Ridings and Trinity Walk’s car parks are the same (except super Sundays when parking is just 50p all day at both sites). Most council car parks are free on Sundays except Merchant Gate.

On Rails

Wakefield Westgate rail station is on the main London/Leeds line and is located in the heart of the city centre. Just on the edge of the city centre by The Hepworth Wakefield is Wakefield Kirkgate rail station which is also just a 5 minute walk from Trinity Walk.


Wakefield bus station is run by the good folk at Arriva Yorkshire and is your one-stop hub to connect to Wakefield city centre from the whole of Yorkshire. Lots of their buses have free wi-fi and phone chargers and the bus station is located just 30 seconds from Trinity Walk and restaurants along Northgate.

You can even visit by boat via the River Calder which meanders through the outskirts of the city centre, right by The Hepworth Wakefield. Please see the Canals Trust for more details. No ferries or warships though please ;-)

We also have our very own OMG Freecity bus:


Wakefield freecitybus links key locations around Wakefield city centre including both Westgate rail station, Wakefield One council building, Kirkgate rail station, the bus station, shops and retail parks.

Shopping points include Trinity and The Ridings Centre, Ings Road, Cathedral and Westgate Retail and Leisure Parks.

The service also serves The Hepworth Gallery at Wakefield Waterfront.


Buses run every 10-12 minutes from 0730 to 1836, Monday to Fridays and between 0830 and 1700 on Saturdays.

There is no charge to travel on Wakefield freecitybus. Each vehicle is fully accessible and can carry one wheelchair at a time.


We want everyone to experience Wakefield city centre so accessibility is good for people with pushchairs, prams, wheelchairs or mobility issues. The Ridings has a Shopmobility centre which can be used across the whole of the city centre (Click Here). The city centre is mostly very flat which is ideal for everyone, both The Ridings and Trinity Walk have lifts and large, wide malls plus sizeable lifts. The Ridings, Trinity Walk and Sun Lane Leisure all have Changing Places toilet facilities too.