Northerners miss top tourist attractions in this Yorkshire town



Northerners miss some of Yorkshire’s cultural hotspots, a council has warned.

Wakefield Council’s tourism team, Experience Wakefield, have found that some of the district’s top attractions are under-visited.

Experience Wakefield surveyed two thousand adults from the north of England about their opinions on the culture of the north and the places they had visited.

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For Wakefield, only 36% of Yorkshire respondents had visited Yorkshire Sculpture Park, while only around one in ten had visited Hepworth Wakefield and Pontefract Castle.

The survey found that people were less likely to have visited cultural venues in smaller towns like Wakefield.

However, Yorkshire is still a cultural destination, with York ranking third in the north for cities most associated with culture, behind Liverpool and Manchester.

Yorkshire’s most visited attractions were the National Railway Museum in York and Whitby Abbey, according to the survey results.

Cllr Michael Graham, cabinet member for the Wakefield Culture, Recreation and Sport Council, said: d inspire more people to explore, especially at this time when there is still some skepticism about the idea of traveling too far this summer.

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“The Wakefield area is not only home to great cultural attractions such as Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The Hepworth Wakefield, but also more original and perhaps less well-known places like the Neon Workshops.

“Our district is also 70% rural so there is also a lot of beautiful scenery to explore and if you are interested in history and heritage we have the National Coal Mining Museum, Wakefield Cathedral or Pontefract.

“A lot of these attractions are also low cost, if not free.

“We want to remind locals that there are some truly inspiring cultural attractions right at their fingertips, so be sure to take advantage of them this summer.”

Yorkshire Sculpture Park is Wakefield’s most popular attraction

The highest percentage of respondents associated northern culture the most with music, followed by cinema and sculpture.

Other little-visited attractions outside of Yorkshire include the Baltic Center for Contemporary Art in Newcastle and the Beatrix Potter Experience in the Lake District.

Wakefield is keen to highlight its cultural developments, after the council announced its candidacy for City of Culture 2025.

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