Travelling by car
Planning on driving? Many of our Artwalk venues are easy to get to by car and the city centre is just a short drive from both the M1 and M62 for those travelling into Wakefield.
The Art House and most other venues are unable to offer public parking (with the exception of two bookable Blue Badge spaces), however, there are ample car parking facilities in the immediate vicinity of our venues, the closest to The Art House being Smyth Street Car Park and Merchant Gate Car Park. We recommend using Parkopedia for the most up to date pricing information.
The Hepworth Wakefield and The Ridings Shopping Centre do have their own pay and display public car park.
The Art House has a cycle station situated on Drury Lane, which is freely available to all. As well as ample bike parking, we also have a cycle repair station for minor repairs and pumping up your tires. Cycles are left at the owner’s own risk, however, the area is monitored by CCTV.
For more information about cycling to The Art House, and around Wakefield, visit our Cycle to Culture page.
The Art House is located just 60 seconds walk from Wakefield Westgate railway station. Wakefield Kirkgate station is 5-10 minute walk away from West Yorkshire History Centre and The Ridings Shopping Centre.
The free city bus connects us to key locations around the city centre, including Wakefield bus station and venues including The Hepworth Wakefield, West Yorkshire History Centre, the Urban Commune and Wakefield Cathedral. The bus runs every 10-12 minutes with the last departure leaving Wakefield Bus Station at 18:33. See the timetable and full route here.
Wakefield Bus Station is a 5-minute walk away from Wakefield Cathedral and has regular bus routes from Leeds, Huddersfield, Barnsley, Bradford and other local towns.
Food & Drink
Wakefield City Centre has a vibrant food & drink offer, with loads of unique independent bars, restaurants and cafes to fill any craving!
Here are some of my recommendations on where to quench your thirst or get a bite to eat on an Artwalk in Wakefield.
- Amy, Projector Coordinator and Wakefield resident.
If you’re looking for somewhere special to sit down for a meal, my top recommendation is Corarima on Cross St. A family run venture with an all vegan and gluten free menu, each dish is packed full of authentic Abyssinian flavour and the small restaurant has a warm and welcoming atmosphere. You’ll need to book in advance though!
My other favourite spots are Pot Pot on Silver Street, Damelio on Wood Street and Fino on Northgate. All of these are close to lots of our venues right in the heart of Wakefield, and a great place to end your evening, with lots of vegan and vegetarian options as well.
If you’re looking for a quicker bite to eat, check out The Supper Club where you can grab (and create your own) pizza or No Manches for Mexican food on Wood Street.
Though they aren’t open on a night, I love Silver Spice! they’re my absolute go-to place on an Artwalk day to get some much needed (and delicious) fuel for the busy evening ahead.
If you’re looking for a cosy traditional pub to stop off at and grab a drink, I can recommend Harrys Bar just off Westgate, The Polka Hop on George Street, The Black Rock on Cross Square, Elliotts Bar on Crown Street and Luis Bar + Fernandes Brewery just off Kirkgate. With a range of local real-ales, lagers, ciders, wines and spirits, there’s something for everyone, and you might be lucky and catch some live music!
For more of an up-market bar vibe you should check out The Distillery at Tileyard North (opposite The Hepworth Wakefield), Golden Pineapple, Qubana and KRA:FT all on Wood Street serving up delicious cocktails and more.
If you’re in Wakefield during the daytime, then you should check out these great independent cafes which offer a selection of hot & cold drinks and sweet treats - The Art House Coffee House (which is open throughout the Artwalk evening), The Hepworth Wakefield Cafe, Create Cafe, Throwback Coffee House and Marmalade on the Sq.
Discover more food & drink offers here.