A Short Break to Wakefield…

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Posted by Danielle


If you are planning on heading to Yorkshire with the family in 2012, then a visit to Wakefield is a must! When you are on a short break with the kids it’s important to make sure there is plenty to keep them entertained throughout your stay. Wakefield has some fantastic attractions with free admission and with some great value hotels in Wakefield to choose from the only question is when do you go?!

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park is set in the grounds of a 500-acre 18th century country estate. As one of the world’s leading open-air galleries it showcases some amazing exhibitions that the whole family will love. The park boasts some incredible scenic vistas of the valley, lakes and eighteenth century estate buildings with new exhibitions introduced each year there is always something new to see and with a new Underground Gallery there is also extensive indoor exhibition space to complement the outdoor sculpture displays. If you are looking for a half term getaway this is perfect!

The Hepworth Wakefield

Since its opening in May 2011 the Hepworth Wakefield is Yorkshires landmark gallery for the visual arts. Boasting over 1,600 square meters of light filled gallery space this magnificent building is the largest purpose-built exhibition space outside of London. This incredible building brings together work from Wakefield’s art collection, exhibitions from world-famous artists and never before seen works by Wakefield’s very own Barbara Hepworth. Events run throughout the year with many family activities, talks and concerts the Hepworth Wakefield is a fantastic day out and offers the perfect family break.

National Coal Mining Museum for England

If you are looking to uncover some of the incredible history from this area then a trip to the National Coal Mining Museum for England will be right up your street. This huge 41 acre site will have you delving into the hidden world of mining throughout the centuries. A visit to the museum will have you discovering exactly how the miners lived, worked and relaxed from the Victorian age through to the modern day. You will get the opportunity to descend 140 meters on an underground tour led by ex-miners to find out how coal was extracted and moved to the surface. Then visit the ponies and learn all about their valuable role in mining coal. A mixture of interactive displays, special events and children’s activities will have you and the kids entertained for hours.

Have you visited any of these attractions?


13 responses to “A Short Break to Wakefield…

  1. Phil

    I must have driven past the sculpture park a thousand times, never going in. One sunny winter’s morning my partner and I were heading home from London and decided to call in and see what it was about. We ended up having a wonderful day strolling around marvelling at the sculptures. I don’t really know the first thing about sculpture but had a fantastic day anyway. When you visit don’t forget to pack a picnic.

  2. Jenna

    I stayed at the Cedar Court Hotel and visited the Hepworth Gallery. Really great experience and lovely hotel. We will be visiting again soon!

  3. Kevin

    I visited the National Coal Mining Museum on a weekend break. Entrance is free and well worth a visit. The Museum caters for all age groups and provides a great insight to a lost industry. Being an actual mining site it is quite spread out, so take a coat if you visit in winter as you will have to wander between the various buildings. The underground tour was the highlight of the visit for me, the almost complete dark and damp conditions that miners used to work in is a real eye opener, but if being underground is not your thing the nature trail provides some excellent views of the surrounding area.

    • 9. Sarah

      Some great tips there Kevin, especially if you have younger kids it just proves that there certainly is something for everyone! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  4. gill

    This is fantastic. My children have been here on a school trip and its a great day out for all the family. Fantastic . Never realised staying in Wakefield ovenight could have so many things attached to do. Coal mining museum great too.

  5. Pete

    Yorkshire Sculpture Park, what a find – the gallery is very interesting!
    Wrap up warm if you are walking round the park – it’s a bit cold at the moment but well worth the effort

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