Flights to Wakefield
Best known for its cathedral, the city of Wakefield is situated in West Yorkshire in northern England. Wakefield has more than just a cathedral to offer though, and situated just on the edge of the Pennines this city can be used as a base for exploring the surrounds too.
The nearest airport for flights to Wakefield is the Leeds Bradford International Airport (airport code: LBA). It’s about 30 kilometres away, and there are good motorways and rail service to get you there. KLM is the only airline that has a 1-stop flight to Wakefield from South Africa, and they make a connection in Amsterdam. Virgin Atlantic has a route through London and Edinburgh, and British Airways goes through London and then Aberdeen. You can also book a flight to Wakefield with Lufthansa, and then you’ll have stops in Frankfurt and Brussels.
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The Tourist Attractions of Wakefield:
The Cathedral is Wakefield’s most prominent landmark and it was originally built in the early 15th century, and in the mid 1800s, when Wakefield Cathedral was restored, it was given the late medieval appearance that it has today. There was previously an old Saxon church on the site and its existence was discovered when extensions were made to the cathedral in 1900.
Other Landmarks in Wakefield
While the cathedral is the most prominent landmark in Wakefield the city is home to several other impressive and historic buildings. The County Hall is one of these, dating to 1898, plus there’s the Town Hall from 1880, and the Wakefield Crown Court, of 1810.
Located in a suburb of Wakefield are the ruins of a medieval castle, called Sandal Castle. Though only ruins remain, the site is still an interesting and extensive one and there’s a visitor centre where you can learn more about its history. You can tour the site on foot, and there are walkways to use so that erosion to the site is limited.
Pontefract Castle is another castle in the Wakefield area that is now in ruins. This castle was significant because it was the site of the downfall of Richard II of England, and later saw a number of famous English Civil War sieges. Not much of the castle remains but you can still visit the 11th century cellars and see the motte and keep.
National Coal Mining Museum for England
About 9 kilometres outside of Wakefield is the village of Overton, famous for the National Coal Mining Museum. This was once a working mine, and was worked from as far back as 1789 until 1985 when all the coal had been mined. When mining ended the mine was converted into a museum where visitors can take interesting underground tours and discover the conditions that miners used to work in. Above ground there’s a visitor centre as well as other attractions that include a paddy train, adventure playground and more.
When Should You Visit?:
Considering its northern latitude Wakefield is really quite a warm city, but pack an umbrella no matter what time of year you come as rainfall is possible at any time. For the warmest weather visit in July and August and you’ll have average highs of 20.6C, and lows of 12C. July is also the driest month.