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Wakefield is a city and major centre of economic activity in West Yorkshire in the north of England. The city lies along the River Calder and on the eastern edge of the Pennines, a range of mountains and hills referred to as the Backbone of England. Wakefield is a short distance south of Leeds, the largest city in Yorkshire and is equally close to Huddersfield, a major market town that lies to the west. The city was an important site in the Wars of the Roses, which raged between supporters of two competing local dynasties as they vied for the English throne during the 15th century. In later centuries, Wakefield grew in prominence as a centre for local commerce thanks mainly to the establishment of an inland port.
Setting up your business here
Wakefield has a broad range of companies based in its numerous office space locations. The kind of businesses operating in the area include professional services firms, financial consulting groups and IT consultants. One particularly notable local employer is Coca-Cola, whose plant in Wakefield produces more soft drinks by volume than any other in Europe. Among the companies with office bases in the city are the Oval Insurance Group, Calder Security and the office technology company Copiserv.
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Things to do in Wakefield
Wakefield is a deeply historic city and there are numerous sites of local interest that are long-standing landmarks still serving as functional and civically important locations. Among the best examples of local engineering and Victorian ingenuity are Chantry Bridge over the River Calder and Wakefield Town Hall. Wakefield Cathedral remains the tallest building in the city whilst also being one of its oldest. Other local visitor attractions include the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, an open air gallery showcasing some of the best in contemporary arts. Meanwhile and if indoor art viewing is more what you’re after then you should check out The Hepworth, one of Yorkshire’s best modern galleries. For great places to eat in Wakefield and its surrounding areas, many of the best options are hillside pubs with wonderful views and excellent atmospheres. Among the most renowned and popular are The Waggon & Horses and the Plough Inn. Popular restaurants in central Wakefield include the Bella Roma and the Mex Cantina, which serve Italian and Mexican foods respectively.
- Tube lines: N/A
- Mainline stations: Wakefield Kirkgate
- Nearest motorways: M1, M62
- Nearest airports: Leeds Bradford International Airport
- Other: Trains connect to the East Coast Mainline towards London