Theatre Royal & Opera House
Pugneys Country Park
With considerable investment over recent years to revitalise the city, destinations such as the internationally acclaimed Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park, have put the city on the art map worldwide, adding to the city’s rich cultural heritage that includes Wakefield Cathedral – which boast the tallest spire in Yorkshire - and the ruins of the 13th century Sandal Castle.
New shops, a covered market, beautifully landscaped public spaces and series of new developments, which includes the new Trinity Walk shopping centre, as well as pedestrianized streets and elegant water features, have helped to attract a new generation of visitors to discover Wakefield’s charms.
It’s the perfect time to invest in a home here and benefit from the contemporary renaissance of this historical city. A home at Merchant Gate offers the opportunity to embrace Wakefield’s fantastic cosmopolitan culture which lies right on your doorstep.
Wakefield has become internationally renowned for its enviable cultural riches. Nearby, the Theatre Royal and the Opera House have an extensive programme of performances each season and Unity House, a grade II listed gem, offers a 600 seater music venue, conference centre and location for creative businesses.
Eating & Drinking
Wakefield One, adjacent to Merchant Gate, the popular Create Café at West One offers free Wi-Fi and a mouth-watering menu to take-away or eat in, using local sourced, fresh produce.
The city centre has a thriving café culture, with a range of coffee shops, smoothie bars and diners which offer outdoor seating and the opportunity to eat al fresco. Wakefield is also famous for its nightlife, with a variety of pubs, clubs and bars to suit every style and taste.
Historic Civic Quarter
Wakefield has been shaped by a rich and colourful past and our home-owners at Merchant Gate are at the heart of its historic civic and cultural quarter. The area boasts a stunning array of period architecture, from the Grade II* Neoclassical Crown Court and the Grade I listed Wakefield Town Hall, designed by T.W. Collcutt. Round the corner for Merchant Gate are the Jubilee Gardens, which opened in summer 2012 and include the ‘Art of Yorkshire’ - Welcome to Yorkshire’s award-wining 2011 Chelsea Flower Show entry.
Wakefield offers a range of sporting facilities with golf, bowling, angling and swimming all within a short distance. Canoeing, windsurfing and sailing are available at Pugneys Country Park whilst the wealth of facilities at Xscape Leisure Centre in nearby Castleford includes a real snow indoor ski slope, ice climbing wall, and rock climbing zone. Alternatively, the District’s many country parks, including Anglers Country Park and Haw Park Wood, are great places to take in the scenery and watch the local wildlife.
Wakefield Town Centre