Wakefield Tourism

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Wakefield is a city in West Yorkshire, England, on the River Calder and the eastern edge of the Pennines, which had a population of 76,886 in 2001, increasing slightly for the five Wakefield wards (East, North, Rural, South and West) to 77,512 at the 2011 Census. Wakefield was dubbed the "Merrie City" in the Middle Ages and in 1538 John Leland described it as, "a very quick market town and meately large; well served of fish and flesh both from sea and by rivers ... so that all vitaile is very good and chepe there. A right honest man shall fare well for 2d. a meal. ... There be plenti of se coal in the quarters about Wakefield". The Battle of Wakefield took place in the Wars of the Roses and it was a Royalist stronghold in the Civil War. Wakefield became an important market town and centre for wool, exploiting its position on the navigable River Calder to become an inland port. In the 18th century, Wakefield traded in corn, coal mining and textiles and in 1888 its parish church acquired cathedral status. It became the county town and seat of the West Riding County Council in 1889 and the West Yorkshire Metropolitan Council from 1974 until it was dissolved in 1986.


If you are looking for travel information of Wakefield in United Kingdom, you've come to the right place. A gripping city on its own right, Manchester also deserves a visit. Add Manchester to your vacation plan, it has an interesting bunch of activities to do on your visit like Museum Of Science And Industry, The Lowry, The Village. Also, to reach Wakefield, you'll have to take a flight to Manchester; so its not really a detour. And even if it is, the city is worth paying at least a quick visit. Tour packages of Wakefield are of 1 to 2 days duration.

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Facts and Stats for Wakefield*

  • Pollution Statistics in Wakefield

    Know the pollution level of Wakefield before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 42.86 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 17.31 (Very Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 50 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 41.07 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 40.28 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 31.67 (Low)
  • Wakefield: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Wakefield for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Wakefield.

    • Burglary and Theft 45.56 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 35.23 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 36.36 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 23.26 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 31.25 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 48.89 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 36.67 (Low)
    • Drug offense 51.67 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 80 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 53.41 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 42.78 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 26.14 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 48.33 (Moderate)
  • Living in Wakefield - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Wakefield is 175.58 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 60.1 (High)
    • Climate Index 84.82 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 44.57 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 32.25 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 75.37 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 80.85 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 6.04 (Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 110.83 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Wakefield

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Wakefield

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.12 USD
    • International Movie per seat 13.8 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 45.36 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 79.85 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 81.33 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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