Wakefield, located in West Yorkshire, can be easily accessed via the numerous transportation links that connect the town to other areas in the country. There are many sights to see while in Wakefield, including the cathedral as well as Nostell Priory. Sandal Castle is another sight that should not be missed as is Pontefract Castle. Other sights to enjoy in Wakefield include the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the National Coal Mining Museum, Wakefield Art Gallery, Wakefield Theatre Royal and Cineworld. There is also an array of dining and shopping options located in Wakefield and the surrounding area.
The city of Wakefield is located within the metropolitan borough of the city of Wakefield and this borough is located within the area of West Yorkshire. The city is located on the banks of the River Calder. The city of Wakefield has a population of about seventy seven thousand. The city of Wakefield was once referred to as the Merrie City and this was during the middle Ages.
The name Wakefield is thought to be derived from Waca's field, which means the field that belongs to the Waca. It is however more likely that the name comes from the old English word of wacu, which means wake or a watch, and feld that means field that is where a wake was held.
The city of Wakefield is home to two railway stations that are known as Wakefield Kirkgate and Wakefield Westgate. The Westgate station is located on the railway line that runs between Leeds and Doncaster and this line will allow people to connect with the Mainline on the East Coast.
The main further education establishment within the city of Wakefield is the local college. Wakefield College has about three thousand full time students and about ten thousand part time students. The college has a main campus within the city and there are also smaller campuses in the surrounding towns. The college is also able to provide a sixth form, which offers A level courses, GCSE courses and also a vast array of vocational courses.