The Wakefield free city bus is a great way to learn about the layout of the city centre.
If we have a look at where the free bus stops, we can make some suggestions.
Bus Station – The bus starts in the main bus station, which is near the Trinity Walk shopping centre, in fact that is the first stop on its route. Trinity walk includes a large Sainsbury’s supermarket, and many retail fashion clothes shops and banks.
Ridings shopping centre – the older of the two shopping centres. This is where you will find the Morrisons supermarket, a SuperDrug, Marks & Spencer, Boots and many other useful retail outlets.
Kirkgate railway station is the oldest railway station in Wakefield, but not the busiest, as it has fewer trains to London that Westgate. Trains for Sheffield, Huddersfield, Pontefract and London leave from Kirkgate, although you will find more frequent trains to London from Westgate.
Also, if you want to visit Manchester Stores, the international food shop, this is probably the closest stop on the free bus route.
The Hepworth Gallery is an art gallery, a major Wakefield tourist attraction, but is at the moment (November 2020) closed due to the lock-down.
The next stop, outside the Ings road retail park is good for visits to B&M, Home Bargains, Matalan, and the Range.
Further along Ings Road is a stop for Sainsburys.
The next stop, on Charlesworth Way is handy for the fast food outlets of the Cathedral retail park, here you will find MacDonalds, KFC, Subway and Costa Coffee.
Next stop is the Cinema and Leisure complex, (Cineworld), although this is now temporarily closed. The food outlets near the cinema may be open again after lock-down. (Nandos, Frankie & Benny’s and Pizza Hut).
The Cathedral Retail Park is the next stop, featuring shops such as B&Q, Argos, Carpet World, Dunelm and more.
Westgate Retail and Leisure Park Here you will find shops such as Currys/PC World, Wickes, Jacks Supermarket, Wren Kitchens, Pets at Home and many more.
next stop … Westgate, is one of the most famous streets in Wakefield, running right into the centre of town. The free bus stop is just before you turn off Westgate, towards the Westgate railway station.
next stop … Westgate Rail station is no longer actually on Westgate, but is found off Mulberry Street. The old entrance to the station was on Westgate, but is no longer used since the station was redeveloped in 2013. Westgate is the busier of the two train stations in Wakefield, and has regular trains to London and many major UK cities.
Wakefield One is an important building in Wakefield, where you can go to see Wakefield City Council, use the excellent library facility, visit the Wakefield Museum, or meet up at the Create Cafe.
Another stop, higher up on Westgate is next. The bus also stops at the Bull Ring (alighting only), which you may come to know as the place with the water fountain :), before finally returning to where it set off from, the Bus Station.