Adventures around Wakefieldwith PlusBus

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Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, two of the twentieth century’s most celebrated sculptors, were both born in Wakefield. This vibrant city celebrates its arty, industrial, historical, religious and rhubarb-growing heritage with numerous attractions including unmissable award-winning museums. PlusBus adds unlimited bus travel around West Yorkshire to your train ticket and can take you to the epic Yorkshire Sculpture Park, back to the stylish Wakefield Hepworth, the Coal Mining Museum and to lots of other places too. It could take weeks to explore them all. Here are a few of the many things you could see in a day or two. Thanks to YSP for the photo above © Jonty Wilde.

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  • Great for: art | art galleries | countryside | industrial heritage | parks and gardens | sculpture |
  • Refreshments: lots of great cafes, restaurants and pubs.
  • Please note: researched/updated in June 2024. If anything’s changed or you have more tips to share, do get in touch: features@goodjourney.org.uk
  1. 3. National Coal Mining Museum of England

    To explore a different side of Wakefield’s rich heritage, head to England’s National Coal Mining Museum and explore the old Caphouse Colliery. Here you can find out more about all aspects of the mining industry from safety lamps and pit ponies to the 1984 miners’ strike.

    • How do I get to the Coal Mining Museum by bus? Bus 232 takes about half an hour and runs to the nearby Reindeer Inn. From here, it’s about five-minutes’ walk. You need to walk a few steps back up Old Road and turn sharp left before you get to house number 184. Follow this lane, cross the A642 and you’ll see the museum ahead.
    • Hourly bus 232, heading for Huddersfield and passing the museum on the way, leaves from Stop D outside Wakefield’s Westgate station. If you want to go to the museum direct from the railway, it’s best to get off at Westgate. If you’re coming from the Hepworth in the Kirkgate area, you’ll need to catch a bus or walk through the centre of town past Wakefield cathedral.
    • Regular buses 105, 106 and 196 all run from near Wakefield Kirkgate to the bus station, which is closer to Westgate. Wakefield Museum is nearby, where you can see all kinds of local artefacts, from a medieval ring found in Sandal Castle to a football hand-stitched in the Slazenger Factory. This area near Westgate Station is also full of pubs and cafes like family-run coffee shop and bakery, Vanilla Bean.
  1. And more...

    There’s so much to do in the area, you’ll need to come back! For more information, take a look at Experience Wakefield. And for further car-free adventures in West Yorkshire, check out our guides to Leeds and Bradford.