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Wakefield is a medium size city in West Yorkshire with a population approaching 80,000 people. The city makes up part of the City of Wakefield Metropolitan Borough and lies on parts of the River Calder.
Historically, Wakefield is famous for being the setting for the Battle of Wakefield. The battle was part of the War of the Roses and took place around the nearby Sandal Castle. Today, the ruins of the castle are still visible.
One of the most famous landmarks in the city is Wakefield Cathedral. Built during the 14th and 15th century, the cathedral has a spire that is over 75 metres in height (the fourth tallest in England). The cathedral underwent major restoration in the 19th century with the stained glass windows redesigned by Charles Kempe.
Wakefield has had a varied economy over the years with cloth dealing and the textile industry making up the key industries in recent history. Mining also helped boost the industry with collieries based on the outside areas of the city.
In recent years, the city has incorporated the villages of Belle Vue, Sandal Magna and Agbrigg have become suburbs of Wakefield and several large council housing areas have been built. Along with the adjoining towns of Rothwell and Morley, Wakefield is famous for the production of rhubarb with the area often referred to as the Rhubarb Triangle.
There are several museums and galleries in Wakefield including the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the National Coal Mining Museum for England, the Wakefield Theatre Royal, the Opera House and a soon to be opened Barbara Hepworth gallery.
Several parks and open areas are available to visitors including Walton Hall (and nature reserve), Pugneys Country Park, Nostell Priory Stately Home and Thornes Park.
Transport links to Wakefield are quite extensive. There are two main railway stations in the city, the main one being Wakefield Westgate that operates services to Leeds, Sheffield and London King's Cross. The other station is Wakefield Kirkgate that operates services to Leeds and Barnsley.
Wakefield has a popular FreeCityBus service that is currently being trialled in the city. The bus travels to railway stations, bus stations and popular shopping and retail areas of the city for no charge.
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