Yorkshire Sculpture Park is located near Wakefield in West Yorkshire. We’ve visited the park twice and both times we spent hours there and didn’t in any way manage to see everything. The park always has at least 80 different sculptures set in the sprawling countryside, some of these are permanent and some change every now and then. The views are just as incredible as the sculptures.
Due to Covid things are operating slightly different at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Not only are they limiting numbers (only the main visitor centre car park is open), you must pre-book and pay online in advance. The park used to be free unless you were arriving by car and then you paid £12 for parking. Now you pay £6 per adult and under 18s are free. This means that when we meet my Mum it’s actually cheaper for us to visit. I appreciate this isn’t the case for everyone but £6 per person is a great price for this vast attraction.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park West Yorkshire| Review Guide
The visitor centre is operating on a one-way system which is a bit of a pain as once in you can only exit via the far door so if you need to be around the other side of the building you have to walk all the way back around outside (much longer walk!). Don’t send your kids in by themselves as they will get lost and confused. Masks must be worn in the centre including the toilets. There is a large self-service cafe where you can still sit inside and outside to eat. The kiosk downstairs is also still open for takeaway only.
Next to the visitor centre they have their only indoor gallery. The exhibitors change here on a regular basis and we are yet to venture in. We always pick up a map but in all honesty we struggle with it and we prefer to just wander around at random. You will never see everything so unless you have a sculpture you’ve come especially to see I’d free roam.
There are some really enormous sculptures at the park including some by famous names such as Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore. During our visit, they even had some Damien Hurst sculptures which are magificent. They are there until 2022 and include the famous The Virgin Mother standing at 10 metres tall. These aren’t on the map but can be found near the Weston car park. You are asked to not touch any of the sculptures.
Make sure you walk across the main field from the top down as the views are stunning. There may also be some sheep grazing there which is a highlight for my son.
At the bottom of the hill, there is a huge lake that is split by a bridge. Here there are a number of follies including some stepping stones, a Greek temple, Obelisk and shell house. Plus many more. Most of this walk isn’t suitable for buggies or wheelchairs and parts of it dogs are not allowed. Although they are allowed on a short lead around most of the park.
If you attempt the lake walk in full be prepared! It can take almost three hours to walk all the way around. Yorkshire Sculpture Park certainly can’t be seen in full in a day so it’s a great place to return to. There is also no toilets on the long walk around so make sure you stop off at the cafe. The cafe half way down the hill is currently only open for take-away food and drinks. The other toilets by the closed Weston car park also remain closed for now.
Here are some more photos from our visits.
Important Information about Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Address: West Bretton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 4LG, West Yorkshire, England. Phone: 01924 832631
Car parking at Yorkshire Sculpture Park – Currently only one of the three car parks is open. This is the closest car park to the main entrance and parking is now included in your ticket.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park Prices – Adults are just £6 per person and under 18’s are free. Everyone needs to have a prebooked ticket.
Facilities at Yorkshire Sculpture Park: There are two cafes and one kiosk currently open. One has seating and the other two are currently serving take-away food and drinks. Extensive parkland with at least 80 outdoor sculptures, lake walk with follies.
Opening Times: The park is open all year round except for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Hours may change. Please click here for more information.
Accessibility – Some areas of the Park can be difficult to access due to uneven terrain. There is more information in the link above.
Is Yorkshire Sculpture Park Dog Friendly: Dogs are allowed on a lead around most of the park. They are not allowed in the woodland or the top part of the lake
Category: Great Outdoors, suitable for all ages.