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Opening times

Wakefield Cathedral is open:

Monday to Friday – 08:00 – 16:00

Saturday – 09:30 – 16:00

Sunday – 08:00 – 16:00

Special services may occasionally close all or part of the cathedral, please check our “Today at the cathedral” information on the homepage, visit the “Events” section of our website or call 01924 373923 for any further information.

Accessibility FAQs

  • Do you have disabled access to the cathedral?

    Easy access is available via the South Doors of the cathedral.

  • Do you have disabled toilets?

    We do. The disabled toilets are located in the Treacy Hall corridor between the cathedral and Treacy Hall.

  • I'm visually impaired, can I safely visit the cathedral?

    Wakefield Cathedral welcomes all visitors. Although we have level access areas and good lighting in most areas of the cathedral, depending on the time of day or year some areas can appear quite dark. Please be careful when making your way around the cathedral and make use of the easy access entry, ramps and handrails when you can, avoiding the steps.

    We encourage visitors with impaired vision to touch the many different shapes and surfaces around the cathedral to familiarise themselves with their surroundings.

  • Can I bring my guide dog into the cathedral?

    Yes all guide dogs are welcome, whether you are visiting to light a candle, say a prayer or joining us for a service.

  • Do you have wheelchairs to borrow?

    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 :

  • I have hearing issues, will I be able to attend the services?

    Wakefield Cathedral is equipped with a hearing loop to allow all visitors the opportunity to join in with services. If you need assistance please speak to one of our Vergers.


Services at Wakefield Cathedral are free to attend for all people, booking not required unless stated so on the “Services” page of our site.

Visit the “Services” page to see what is going on at the cathedral this week.

Free Lunchtime Concerts

Join us every Tuesday from 13:00 for a free concert hosted in Wakefield Cathedral. Acts include organists, pianists, singers, schools and bands (check out our “Events” page to see what is coming up).

These are free events with no booking required, seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. (Donations are greatly appreciated).

St Sigfrid's Way

The St Sigfrid’s Way is an epic pilgrimage route spanning just over 760 miles, beginning in York and traveling through England, across to Goteborg in Sweden.

Wakefield Cathedral are proud to be located on The St Sigfrid’s Way and offer a warm welcome to all those passing through.

Find out more by visiting the St Sigfrid’s Way website.

St Sigfrid's Way website

Seven key things to look out for on your visit:

  • Our 700-year old Angel

    Discovered during renovation work carried out in 2013, the markings of an angel were found on the wall above the Rood Screen.

  • Stained glass by Charles Kempe

    Most complete collection of stained glass by Charles Kempe in the world. We have an array of stunning stained-glass windows to admire.

  • 1661 Octagonal Font

    Renovated earlier this century, upon entry to the cathedral via our West Doors visitors are greeted by our stunning font dating back to 1661.

  • Unusual collection of Misericords

    Explore the Quire and discover the wonderful, characteristic (and occasionally cheeky) carvings under the benches.

  • St Mark’s Chapel

    Completed in 1905 upon the church receiving cathedral-status, St Mark’s Chapel is located at the East End of the cathedral and boasts architecture and a peaceful surrounding for prayer and reflection.

  • The tallest spire in Yorkshire

    You can’t miss this one! Gaze up at the 75-metre high (246ft) spire which can be seen from miles around.

  • Nesting Peregrines

    Keeping your eyes in the skies, peregrines have nested at Wakefield Cathedral since 2015. Visit the Peregine page of our website to find out more.

Getting to the cathedral


Wakefield Cathedral is located in the heart of the city centre and can be accessed on foot via Westgate, Kirkgate, Bread Street, Cross Square, Northgate or Westmorland Street.


Limited cycle racks are available to use at the cathedral free of charge. These are located at the north side of the building near the entrance to Treacy Hall Corridor (locks are not provided, users of the cycle racks do so at their own risk and Wakefield Cathedral can accept no liability for any damage that may occur).


If coming from the north: Exit at Junction 41 of the M1 and join the A650 (second exit), continuing on circa 2.5 miles until you reach Leeds Road. Follow Leeds Road into Wakefield city centre.

If coming from the west: Join the A642 (Wakefield Road) and follow all the way in to Wakefield city centre.

If coming from the east: Travel via the M62 to Junction 29 at which point join the M1(S) (first exit) and come off at Junction 41. Join the A650 (second exit), continuing on circa 2.5 miles until you reach Leeds Road. Follow Leeds Road into Wakefield city centre.

If coming from the south: Exit at Junction 39 of the M1 onto the A636 (3rd exit) and follow the road into Wakefield city centre.


There are numerous bus stops located within a 5-minute walk of Wakefield Cathedral, with the city centre bus station (WF1 3AQ) located just a 5-minute walk from the cathedral.

The Free City Bus has a number of city-centre stops which are also within close proximity of the cathedral.

For more bus times please visit the West Yorkshire Metro website.


Wakefield Cathedral is located a 9-minute walk from Wakefield Westgate Train Station.

Wakefield Cathedral is located an 11-minute walk from Wakefield Kirkgate Train Station. 

For train times and ticket information please visit the Trainline website.


Use of the cathedral car park is reserved for staff only or for visitors who have sought access prior to visiting (eg for disabled parking reasons or event support, for more information please email or call 01924 373923).

There are plenty of low cost parking facilities located within close proximity of the cathedral including:

The Ridings Shopping Centre (WF1 1US) – 4-minute walk from cathedral (card payments accepted – pre-booking available at 50p per hour, £3.50 all day – visit to find out more)

The Granary Car Park (WF1 2SG) – 5-minute walk from cathedral

Borough Road Car Park (WF1 3AZ) – 6-minute walk from cathedral

Unity House Car Park (WF1 1ER) – 6-minute walk from cathedral

Trinity Walk Shopping Centre (WF1 1QS) – 7-minute walk from cathedral (card payments accepted)

What else to see in Wakefield: (Experience Wakefield)

Wakefield boasts some wonderful attractions and a fantastic line-up of restaurants, eateries and bars for all , why not make a day or even a weekend out of your visit and take in some of the other wonderful sites which Wakefield has to offer. Here are just a few:

Within walking distance of the cathedral:

The Ridings Shopping Centre (4-minute walk)

Trinity Walk Shopping Centre (5-minute walk)

Wakefield Theatre Royal (5-minute walk)

Wakefield Museum (8-minute walk)

The Hepworth Wakefield (14-minute walk)

Thornes Park (17-minute walk)

Farther afield:

Pugneys Country Park (8-minute drive)

Newmillerdam Country Park (13-minute drive)

Yorkshire Sculpture Park (18-minute drive)

Xscape and Junction 32 Retail Park (22-minute drive)

For more information on “Things to do in Wakefield” visit the Experience Wakefield website

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Wakefield Cathedral

Cathedral Centre
8-10 Westmorland St
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01924 373923