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Visiting Wakefield

visiting Wakefield

If you are visiting Wakefield then let me tell you about our day out. I am sharing some pictures of places you can see there. This includes Hepworth Gallery, Chantry Chapel on the bridge, the Cathedral, County Hall, and Theatre Royal.

In my bullet journal I have a list of places to go see. Some new and some I’ve been to before. It’s good to have an idea of possible days out. Planning something to look forward to is a positive thing to do. I find that planning things in my journal is quite therapeutic. It doesn’t matter if I never get round to do the things on my list.

Hepworth Gallery and Wakefield Waterfront

Anyway, Wakefield was on the list of new places to visit. The main purpose of our day was to go to the Hepworth Gallery, but I got distracted by the waterfront. It wasn’t the prettiest waterway but it was an interesting place to see, with lots of different boats moored. The sun was shining which made it look so colourful. There was a pair of swans on the river too.

It only took us an hour to look round the gallery. We had plenty of time to explore the rest of the city. Before moving on, we stopped for coffee and cake (the choices included vegan) in the gallery cafรฉ.

Please note that the gallery is near an extremely busy main road. We had to cross it when walking from Wakefield Kirkgate station. We then had to cross back again to walk up to the city centre.

Chantry Chapel of St Mary the Virgin

Across the road from the gallery is the Chantry Chapel of St Mary the Virgin. The chapel is part of the stone bridge that crosses the River Calder. The blue plaque states it is one of four remaining. However, I read on the website that there are only three left in the country. Whichever is true, it is still very rare!

Chantry Chapel on the bridge over the River Calder Wakefield
Sadly there was a lot of plastic tangled up in the trees on the opposite bank of the river

Other places to visit

Wakefield Cathedral is worth seeing. You can walk the prayer labyrinth. It also has a nice tea room and gift shop.

Other places to see when visiting Wakefield are the Town Hall and County Hall. There is a statue of Queen Victoria near County Hall.

Our final stop was Theatre Royal, Drury Lane (yes there’s one in London too) before getting the train home from Wakefield Westgate station. Westgate station is the larger of the two railway stations.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this and looking at my photographs. This is by no means a definitive guide to visiting Wakefield. If you know of anywhere I may have missed then please comment below.

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11 thoughts on “Visiting Wakefield”

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  2. Growing up, we used to live near Wakefield, and I remember making the special trip to The Ridings Shopping Centre each Christmas to see the decorations. But I’m not sure that I’ve ever actually been into Wakefield itself! The photos of the waterway look lovely.

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  3. My daughter has recently started school in Wakefield and so I am constantly thinking that we should visit. I really want to go to the Hepworth Gallery. My daughter has a scholarship named the Hepworth scholarship after the artist and so I know she would love to visit too.

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