New homes in Wakefield

From museums to country parks, art galleries and shopping centres, there’s lots to see and do in and around the city of Wakefield. If you’re looking for a place to live with good commuter routes to Leeds and surrounded by the beautiful Yorkshire countryside, a new home in Wakefield could be the right choice for you.

A quick history

Settlements around Wakefield date back to the Iron Age, while the Romans constructed roads through the town. The modern day town was established by the Angles around a hilltop church, and after the Vikings invaded the area in the 9th century, the Danes settled in Wakefield. The town became the most important town in the West Riding.

After the Norman invasion, the Harrying of the North saw widespread violence, and Wakefield was largely destroyed. By the 13th century, two charters had been granted for annual fairs, and a regular market was held. Wakefield was soon one of the wealthiest places in the area.

During the English Civil War, Wakefield’s church was badly damaged by the Parliamentarians, but it was repaired and became a cathedral in the late 19th century, making Wakefield a city. Industries included agriculture, wool making, brickmaking and pottery, while the cattle market was opened in 1765 and became one of the biggest in the region.

The railways came to Wakefield in the mid-1800s, and electric trams were introduced in the early 20th century.

Business and industry

The head office of clothing retailer Bonmarche is located Wakefield, while there are a number of major employers in Leeds nearby, including Asda, Leeds Building Society, First Direct, Yorkshire Bank and Jet2.com.

Things to do in the area

If you enjoy a spot of retail therapy, Wakefield is home to Ridings Shopping Centre and Trinity Walk, where you’ll find a range of high street and independent shops. Cultural attractions in the city include Wakefield Museum and The Hepworth Wakefield modern art gallery, while the National Coal Mining Museum is located in Overton nearby.

To discover more about the city and local area in times gone by, historic places of interest include Wakefield Cathedral, Nostell Priory and Parkland and Sandal Castle. There are lots of places to explore the great outdoors just a short drive from Wakefield, including Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Newmillerdam Country Park and Angler’s Country Park. The Peak District National Park and the Yorkshire Dales National Park are also close enough for day trips.

If you want to practice your swing, the City of Wakefield Golf Club and Low Laithes Golf Club are nearby. The Theatre Royal Wakefield hosts performances throughout the year. 

Travel and commuting

Wakefield has good transport links by road and rail, located just a short drive from the M1 and with train services to Leeds and London.

The journey from Wakefield to Leeds takes just 15 minutes by train or 20 minutes by car, making it a popular commuter route. Halifax can be reached in 30 minutes by car, while Bradford can also be reached in 30 minutes and Huddersfield in 35 minutes.

To get to London, the most convenient way to travel is by train, with the journey from Wakefield Westgate to King’s Cross taking just two hours 15 minutes. When it’s time to get away from it all, Leeds Bradford Airport is only a 40-minute drive away. 

Chapel Lea, Flockton

Chapel Lea, Flockton

Barnsley Road, Flockton, WAKEFIELD, WEST YORKSHIRE, WF4 4AA

  • 3 and 4 bedroom homes
  • £249,995 to £319,995
The Paddocks, Skelmanthorpe

The Paddocks, Skelmanthorpe

Commercial Road, Skelmanthorpe, HUDDERSFIELD, WEST YORKSHIRE, HD8 9DS

Emmet's Reach, Birkenshaw

Emmet's Reach, Birkenshaw

Heathfield Lane, Birkenshaw, BRADFORD, WEST YORKSHIRE, BD11 2HW

  • 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes
  • £159,995 to £367,995
Bodington Manor, Adel

Bodington Manor, Adel

Adel Lane, Adel, LEEDS, WEST YORKSHIRE, LS16 8FY

Castle Vale, Pilley

Castle Vale, Pilley

New Road, Tankersley, BARNSLEY, SOUTH YORKSHIRE, S75 3BQ

  • 4 and 5 bedroom homes
  • £324,995 to £444,995
Templars Chase, Wetherby

Templars Chase, Wetherby

Hudson Way, Wetherby, WETHERBY, WEST YORKSHIRE, LS22 7TW

  • 3 and 4 bedroom homes
  • £319,995 to £454,995
Hewenden Ridge, Cullingworth

Hewenden Ridge, Cullingworth

Manywells Crescent, Cullingworth, BRADFORD, WEST YORKSHIRE, BD13 5DX

  • 3 and 4 bedroom homes
  • £229,995 to £389,995
The Pastures, Knaresborough

The Pastures, Knaresborough

Boroughbridge Road, Knaresborough, KNARESBOROUGH, NORTH YORKSHIRE, HG5 0LZ

  • 4 and 5 bedroom homes
  • £485,995 to £654,995
Grange Park, Hampsthwaite

Grange Park, Hampsthwaite

Brookfield, Hampsthwaite, HARROGATE, NORTH YORKSHIRE, HG3 2EF

  • 4 and 5 bedroom homes
  • £499,995 to £599,995
Pembridge Park, Auckley

Pembridge Park, Auckley

Hurst Lane, Auckley, DONCASTER, SOUTH YORKSHIRE, DN9 3NW

  • 3 and 4 bedroom homes
  • £183,995 to £318,995
The Chocolate Works, York

The Chocolate Works, York

Campleshon Road, York, YORK, YO23 1EY

  • 1 and 2 bedroom homes
  • £239,995 to £399,995
Fairfield Croft
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Fairfield Croft

Shipton Road, Skelton, YORK, YO30 1XW

  • Coming soon
Rowntree, Derwenthorpe, York

Rowntree, Derwenthorpe, York

Fifth Avenue, York, YORK, YO31 0RQ

  • 3 and 4 bedroom homes
  • £299,995 to £364,995
Gateford Park, Worksop

Gateford Park, Worksop

Ashes Park Avenue, Gateford, WORKSOP, NOTTINGHAMSHIRE, S81 7NL

  • 3 and 4 bedroom homes
  • £224,995 to £349,995