Wakefield has a great range of cafés and restaurants to choose from, whether it’s a quick bite to eat or the full dining experience. Caffe Olivia, is a café with award-winning coffee, paninis, cakes and pastries. If it’s Italian that you’re after then the family-run Capri restaurant offers classical and innovative Italian cuisine. For a taste of the Mediterranean visit the popular Delphi Cafe & Restaurant which serves delicious, authentic Greek food. Those in search of refreshments need look no further than the Fernandes Brewery Tap and Bier Keller, a marriage of a traditional pub and a Continental-style bier keller. Not your average watering hole.
Harness your creative side at the Art Pad, an independent art shop with a small gallery space showcasing the best of local art. For tipples Bier Huis is an excellent independent beer and cider shop with local produce and gifts. If it’s sweet treats you’re after then Feather’s Confectionery has got you covered with their range of homemade chocolates, traditional sweets and chocolate-making workshops for those who want to get up close and personal.
National Coal Mining Museum for England
For a unique experience descend 140 metres beneath the ground into one of the oldest coal mines in Britain. When you surface back into the light pay a visit to the retired pit ponies in their stables.
Nostell Priory is an 18th century house with a world-famous Chippendale furniture collection and 300 acres of scenic parkland, lakes and gardens. Perfect for a picturesque day out with the family.
No visit to Wakefield would be complete without a trip to the ruined Sandal Castle, famous for the nearby Battle of Wakefield during the Wars of the Roses, and Richard, Duke of York’s death (a horse, a horse...). Enjoy a superb view looking out over the Calder Valley.