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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 9.00am to 4.00pm, Monday to Saturday and for worship at advertised service times. 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: admin@wakefield-cathedral.org.uk.

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). Rishworth Street multi-storey is five minutes walk from the Cathedral.

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.

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