16 September 2019/ Area guides

Commercial property area guide: Wakefield - England

Commercial properties to rent in Wakefield

Wakefield is a small city in West Yorkshire, famed for rhubarb, liquorice and sculpture. It’s just south of Leeds, and nearby Castleford and Pontefract are considered part of the district. Dewsbury, Huddersfield and Halifax are also within a short drive.

Nestled among rolling hills, Wakefield has been home to sculptors inspired by the landscapes, including Dame Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore. It boasts its very own sculpture park, which attracts thousands of visitors every year.

You’ll also find a medieval castle and 18th century mansion in the area. Wakefield has a rich history, growing from a county town to a city in 1888 thanks to gaining cathedral status. Like many towns and cities across Yorkshire, Wakefield was a wealthy town during the industrial revolution. It traded in wool, grain and coal mining. Visitors can follow in the footsteps of the miners at the National Coal Mining Museum for England.

It offers a slower pace of life than neighbouring Leeds, while still enjoying excellent connections. Close to the M1, it’s within easy reach of many towns and cities both north and south of Wakefield, including York, Sheffield and Nottingham. There are also fast train connections across the region.

On Realla, you’ll find a range of commercial properties available in Wakefield and surrounding areas. From small retail units to large warehouses, we can help you find the ideal kind of property to get your business up and running. Take a look.

Travel and transport in Wakefield

Wakefield Westgate Railway Station serves the area of Wakefield Wakefield Westgate station offers services across Yorkshire and beyond. Northern Rail connects the city to neighbouring destinations, such as Doncaster, Leeds and Sheffield. Cross Country and London North Eastern Railway services, on the other hand, will take you to London, Glasgow, Plymouth and more. Businesses on the east side of the city may find it easier to use Wakefield Kirkgate station for local connections. Served by Northern Line, it provides links to Huddersfield, Sheffield, Leeds, Nottingham, Lincoln, Castleford and more.

Bus services connect Wakefield and surrounding towns Over 48 bus services connect Wakefield and surrounding towns and villages thanks to Arriva. You can reach Bradford, Dewsbury, Leeds, Pontefract, Wetherby and a number of destinations en route.

The nearest airport to Wakefield is Leeds Bradford Leeds Bradford airport is the closest option for both international and domestic flights. Fly from here to the likes of Paris, Rome, Dusseldorf, Dublin and Barcelona. You can find even more flights from Manchester Airport. Handling over 27 million passengers a year, Manchester is the third largest airport in the UK. It offers flights to destinations further afield, such as Dubai, Boston, Tel Aviv and more. You can reach Manchester Airport in just over an hour by car from Wakefield thanks to its close proximity to the M62.

Wakefield is well connected to towns and cities by roads Right by the M1 and M62, Wakefield is well connected to towns and cities to the north, south, east and west. The M1 (and A1(M)) makes it easy to reach Newcastle and Birmingham, while the M62 provides a straightforward route to Manchester, the Humber and the M6.

Offices available to rent in Wakefield

Retail units to rent in Wakefield

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Cafés and coffee shops in Wakefield

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Gyms, banks and shopping centres in Wakefield

There are over eight gyms in the Wakefield, including:

  • PureGym
  • Nuffield Health Fitness & Wellbeing Gym
  • The Gym
  • Xercise4Less
  • Bannatyne Health Club and Spa

Gyms near Wakefield.

Banks and Post Offices

There are 12 banks in the area, including Lloyds Bank, HSBC, Yorkshire Bank, Halifax, Yorkshire Building Society and Barclays.

There are 9 post offices in the area, in the city centre, Wrenthorpe, Eastmoor, Stanley and more.

Supermarkets and shopping centres

  • Asda (two supermarkets)
  • Tesco (three Express stores)
  • Sainsbury’s (two supermarkets)
  • Aldi (two supermarkets)
  • Morrisons (two supermarkets)
  • Co-op (two supermarkets)

Wakefield’s Trinity Walk is the main shopping centre in the city. It houses a wide range of more than 70 shops, from Debenhams to Carphone Warehouse. Car parking on-site offers 1,000 spaces. The Ridings is another shopping destination, which is home to M&S, Primark, Boots, a number of food and drink outlets and a few local retailers.

Slightly further afield in the Castleford area is Junction 32 Shopping Outlet. Here you’ll find discounts from big brands, like Adidas, Barbour, Fat Face, Gap, Jack Wills, Levi’s, Mango and many more.

Retail properties to let in Wakefield.

Agents operating in the area

  • Vickers Carnley
  • Savills
  • Angermann Goddard & Loyd Ltd
  • Barker Proudlove
  • Jackson Criss
  • The Arch Company

Commercial properties to rent on Realla:

Paragon Business Village

Suite 1b Vincent House

Unit D Westmorland House Trinity Walk

Unit 3 Navigation Yard

Second Floor, 2 Chancery Lane

Commercial properties for rent in Wakefield:

Business based in Wakefield

Card Factory

Minister Law

Beaumont Legal


Arriva Yorkshire


Office and co-working spaces to let in Wakefield

Interesting facts about Wakefield

Wakefield is the capital of the Rhubarb Triangle – a 9-square-mile triangle famous for producing early forced rhubarb.

The nursery rhyme “Here we go round the mulberry bush” is thought to have been sung by female inmates at Wakefield Prison.

During the Wars of the Roses, a major battle took place in Wakefield.

The Wakefield Cathedral spire and tower are the tallest in Yorkshire.

Neighbouring locations