A hidden and underappreciated gem, Wakefield in an ideal location for a base for a holiday walking in the Peak District or for visiting the nearby metropolitan hubs of Leeds and Bradford. And as an added bonus, the city of Wakefield itself has plenty to keep you busy!
Like so many of the cities in Yorkshire, Wakefield has a long and rich history that makes it a true joy to explore. Strategically positioned on the River Calder and at the center of the thriving area of Yorkshire, in the Middle Ages Wakefield earned a reputation as being one of the UKs most vibrant market towns.
After playing an important role in the English Civil War, Wakefield continued to thrive, with its unusual position of being centrally in-land while still having easy access to the coast via the Calder making it a hub for trade and commerce.
The Industrial Revolution of the 19th century ushered in a new age of prosperity for the city, with the areas history in wool translating into a thriving textile industry, while coal mining also became a vital part of the areas industry. This industry in particular in celebrated with an outstanding museum in the city today that is a must-visit.
If you want to sample both the natural beauty of the Peak District and the fast paced city life of cities such as Leeds, then Wakefield is a superb selection as a base from which to travel, as well as offering plenty itself. The aforementioned National Coal Mining Museum in Overton is a superb reminder of a vital part of British history, while the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Newmillerdam Country Park and Nostell Priory and Parkland all offer a touch of the outdoors without going too far afield. For a touch of culture, you can visit the superb Hepworth gallery, Wakefield Cathedral or Sandal Castle.
A truly versatile spot, Wakefield offers plenty of history fans, those after a touch of culture, as well as those who simply want a holiday that can offer a great mixture of the outdoors and city life.
Huddersfield, Bradford and Leeds are all within easy reach of Wakefield, as is the Peak District, so if youre planning a coach or bus holiday or simply need to hire a coach for a day trip, call Safeway Coaches today for a quote for hiring one of our superb fleet of vehicles.