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Wakefield
West Yorkshire
Although by-passed by the M1 motorway today it was originally established as a crossing over the river Calder with all roads from the north, south, east converging on the town. On the old bridge can still be found a Chantry Chapel where travellers left alms for a safe journey. Besides the chapel it also has a cathedral (1329-1470) with a 247ft high spire. The town was once the most important trading centre for textiles and as a result became the administrative centre for the West Riding (later West Yorkshire) until 1974. Its other unusual industry is rhubarb – one of the few places that it will grow in the UK.

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Population
80,000
Must See
Cathedral, Museum, Chantry Chapel, Hepworth Gallery
Attractions
Wakefield Museum , Wakefield Cathedral , The Hepworth Wakefield , Chantry Chapel , George Gissing Centre , Clarke Hall , Sandal Castle , Pugneys Country Park
Market Hall
Indoor market Monday - Saturday
Shops
Mostly national chains
Live!
Theatre Royal
Sport
Rugby
Tourist Info Centre
9 Bull Ring, Wakefield WF1
Direct Access
Rail Station, Bus / Coach station. Central car parking.
1hr City Walk
Overview
A circular walk around the city centre including the Cathedral, theatre area, Civic Quarter and St John's Square.
Video Features
See exclusive content of the Rhubarb Festival.

Slide Show

Diary

February
Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb
Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb

A week long celebration of rhubarb including organised tours around the forcing sheds and a festival with live demonstrations and a market.

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