A warm welcome at the heart of the city
Wakefield Cathedral exists in order to worship God and point others to him.We seek to help people live as disciples of Jesus Christ, and to share his love with the world.We are set in the heart of the city of Wakefield, and endeavour to offer a warm welcome to all who enter or pass by our doors. We have made public our desire that everyone who lives in Wakefield District will come inside at least once a year. We try to give priority to people who are needy or disadvantaged. We hope to be a place of conversation for people of all faiths and none, and a cultural hub in the city centre.
For over 1000 years people have been gathering in this holy place to offer their prayers and praise to Almighty God. Wakefield Cathedral is located right in the centre of the city, surrounded by shops and businesses, with people passing our doors as they go about their daily life. Many of those people come by to light a candle, say a prayer, or spend a moment of stillness and calm. Visit Wakefield Cathedral to embark on a voyage of historical and spiritual discovery!
There are many fascinating treasures to discover in Wakefield Cathedral:
- fine medieval carvings including many animals and green men
- impressive, finely carved screen behind the high altar
- the most complete collection of stained glass by Charles Kempe in the world
- unusual octagonal font dating from 1661
- magnificent east end extension built to celebrate the creation of the Diocese of Wakefield
The Cathedral is open to visitors from 9.00 to 16.30, Monday to Friday, (16.00 on Saturday) and for worship at advertised service times. On Bank Holidays the Cathedral is usually open from 10.00 until 15.00 - please check before making a special journey. Entrance to the Cathedral is free, but donations would be appreciated.
For further information, please contact Cathedral Centre, 8-10 Westmorland Street, Wakefield WF1 1PJ. Tel: 01924 373923. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finding Wakefield Cathedral
By car: follow the signs to Wakefield city centre from junctions 39 or 41 of the M1. Pay and display car parks are to be found near the Cathedral (follow the signs when you reach the city centre). Please note that, as we are in a pedestrianised zone, there is no public parking at the Cathedral itself, however there are plenty of parking spaces nearby. More information about local parking can be found here.
By train: Wakefield has two railway stations, Westgate and Kirkgate. Westgate is served by excellent regional, trans-Pennine and intercity train services and is only two hours from London Kings Cross, 25 minutes from Sheffield or 15 minutes from Leeds. Kirkgate is served by local trains. It is only a few minutes walk to the Cathedral from either station or you can pick up a free bus service which links both stations and the Cathedral.
By bus: Wakefield bus station is on Union Street, less than two minutes walk from the Cathedral and is served by local, regional and national services.
Access and facilities for people with disabilities
Wakefield Cathedral welcomes all visitors and we are aware that some people may need extra help and advice to make the best of their time here. We do ask anyone who wants or needs that extra help to contact us in advance. We will do all that we can to ensure that visitors have an interesting and enjoyable visit.
Parking: On-street parking is available on Wood Street, Northgate and some of the surrounding roads. The nearest car parks are in the Ridings and Trinity Walk shopping centres.
Blue Badge holders can park in the bay at the top of Westmorland Street (outside The Raven pub) or in one of the several on-street parking spaces on Wood Street. Borough Road car park also has around a dozen spaces. The Ridings Shopping Centre has many disabled spaces and is also the home of Wakefield Shop Mobility (see below for more information). All are within minutes of the Cathedral.
Assistance Dogs: Assistance dogs are very welcome in the Cathedral.
The Cathedral and precincts: Parts of Wakefield Cathedral date back to the 12th Century and were not designed with modern access needs in mind. The Cathedral is seeking to improve access and many parts of the cathedral are now fully accessible to all. Most flights of steps have at least one handrail but some of the older floors are uneven and care is required. A wheelchair is available for loan and can be reserved in advance by contacting the Cathedral Centre office.
Wheelchair users : Wakefield Shopmobility is a scheme which loans manual wheelchairs, powered wheelchairs and powered scooters to members of the public with limited mobility to shop and to visit leisure and commercial facilities within the city centre. These have to be pre-booked and this can be arranged by contacting the Shopmobility Office Tel : 01924 787788 Email : email@example.com
We recommend those with less mobility to access the Cathedral via the Treacy Hall or South Porch. Wherever there is a step inside the Cathedral there is a corresponding ramp. The route to the Cathedral Kitchen and lavatories (including an accessible one) is also level. The Education Room in Cathedral Centre has ramped access from Westmorland Street and also an accessible toilet.
The visually impaired : The light levels in some parts of the Cathedral can appear low, especially on dull days. If you ask a verger they will be able to increase the light to some degree which may help. Visitors with impaired vision are encouraged to touch the many different shapes and surfaces around the Cathedral and precinct. Care is needed on the uneven floors (including some ledger stones) and steps.
The Cathedral Kitchen, in the Treacy Hall adjacent to the Cathedral is open Tuesday - Saturday from 9.30am to 3.00pm. It serves morning coffee, homemade lunches or afternoon tea in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. There is level access and an accessible toilet. Assistance dogs are welcome.
Help is available by contacting:
Cathedral Centre, 8-10 Westmorland Street, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF1 1PJ.Tel: 01924 373923. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
In the Cathedral please contact a Verger or one of the Welcome team. Please do not hesitate to ask for help, either in advance or during a visit. We hope you will enjoy your visit to Wakefield Cathedral.