Local amenities

Your pet may be with us for a day procedure or may require surgery the following day. If you wish to stay in the area while your pet is being treated, we have compiled a list of local amenities, restaurants and hotels within the vicinity of Paragon Veterinary Referrals.

City of culture

Located midway between England’s coasts, Wakefield is a delightful West Yorkshire city, located on the River Calder, on the eastern edge of the Pennines. Surrounded by stunning countryside, it has a rich heritage and history, having welcomed travellers since the Roman Age. You can still view Pontefract Castle’s 11th century cellars, open to the public, and local legend has it that the famous outlaw Robin Hood resided in Featherstone during the Middle Ages.

Local attractions include Wakefield Cathedral, a majestic building with the tallest spire in Yorkshire, measuring 247 feet (75m); Wakefield Museum, with its displays of the local area from prehistoric times onward; the Hepworth Art Gallery, with its international and contemporary art exhibitions; and Crigglestone Viaduct, with its thrilling 21 arches. For more information about Wakefield, please visit www.experiencewakefield.co.uk

Green spaces

Green spaces and parks are common throughout the area, with Anglers Country Park and Haw Park Wood both Green Flag Award winners. Grade II-listed Friarwood Valley Gardens are picturesque all year round and celebrate an awe-inspiring lantern festival every October.

The famous Yorkshire Sculpture Park is just 20 minutes drive from Wakefield. Winner of the ArtFund Museum of the Year Award 2014, this stunning outdoor art gallery showcases work from both British and international artists, and features the iconic Lady-Hare.

For children

Happy Days Play Centre is Wakefield’s new indoor ‘soft play’ centre, catering for children from 0 – 8 years. Older children can enjoy Wakefield’s junior race school, F1 Indoor Karting, and attractions such as SNO!zone and Pugneys Watersports Centre are ideal for children and teens.


Wakefield offers a great shopping experience. Shop till you drop at Junction 32 Outlet Shopping Village, Trinity Walk Shopping Centre or Wakefield Market Hall, next door to Wakefield Bus Station in the heart of the city.

A wide selection of supermarkets ranges from Tesco and Asda to budget alternatives, Lidl and Aldi. Specialised delis such as Featherstone Fillers cater for fresh-food requirements and prepare packed lunch orders. Other specialist food outlets include Cryer and Stott, a family-run cheesemongers, with 70 years of experience producing the finest cheeses, located in Castleford indoor market; Sandra’s Cabbage Patch in Ossett, selling fruit and veg; and Boghar Bros in Pontefract.

Eating & Drinking

Wakefield offers a diverse range of cuisine, including:

  • Rustico Italian Restaurant serving authentic, rustic Italian dishes in a comfortable, bright atmosphere, based in central Wakefield.
  • Qubana Grill and Tapas restaurant using locally sourced ingredients to re-create the Latin flair of Cuba with the hearty, honest flavours of Spain.
  • Smokehouse offering a great variety of BBQ food, from classic burgers to barbecued ribs.
  • Delphi Café & Restaurant serving Greek and Mediterranean cuisine with delicious selections such as fresh Greek salad, keftedes (meat balls) or baklava.
  • ” The Hepworth Café at the Hepworth Art Gallery serving handcrafted coffee and fine food, including all-day brunch favourites, with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

Pubs & Nightlife

If you decide to stay overnight, you can dance the night away in Wakefield’s lively nightclub scene, with a choice of dance clubs, live music venues, stylish cocktail bars and iconic pubs. Wakefield also offers a great variety of pubs, including The Hop, Henry Boons, Fernandes and Elephant & Castle. The Tap and Barrel hosts regular open-mic nights.


The city is a strong supporter of local Rugby League club, Wakefield Trinity, and Paragon Veterinary Referrals is a proud sponsor in 2018. Springmill Golf Course offers a perfect location for a relaxing day on the green.


Wakefield provides the perfect location as a base for sightseeing, with a selection of hotels to suit all budgets, including:

  • York House Hotel
  • Holiday Inn Express Wakefield
  • Holiday Inn Wakefield M1, Jct. 40
  • Cedar Court Hotel Wakefield
  • Waterton Park Hotel
  • Campanile Wakefield
  • Best Western Hotel St Pierre
  • Wakefield Limes Hotel
  • Stanley View Guest House
  • Ramada Wakefield