Yorkshire Sculpture Park


Wakefield, West Yorkshire

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Opened in 1977 and set in the beautiful grounds and gardens of a 500-acre, 18th-century country estate, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park is one of the world’s leading open-air galleries of modern sculpture – and Yorkshire’s artistic jewel. There’s always something new to see with temporary exhibitions throughout the year in five magnificent galleries. The visitor centre provides useful all-weather facilities, including a good restaurant, an audio-visual auditorium, a coffee bar and the ubiquitous shop. Even for those who don’t ‘get’ the art on offer, the park is fantastic to walk around, with excellent vistas of the valley, lakes, estate buildings and bridges – and it’s all free (though you’ll pay for the car park). You can even take your dog on the outdoor cultural tour. Photo credits: YSP Centre - Marc Atkins; sculptures - Jonty Wilde.

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Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, WAKEFIELD, West Yorkshire, WF4 4LG


About the area

Discover West Yorkshire

Everybody knows that Yorkshire has some special landscapes. The Dales and the Moors first spring to mind, but what about West Yorkshire? That’s Leeds and Bradford isn’t it? Back-to-back houses and blackened mills… Certainly if you had stood on any of the hills surrounding Hebden Bridge a hundred years ago, and gazed down into the valley, all you would have seen was the pall of smoke issuing from the chimneys of 33 textile mills. But thankfully, life changes very quickly in West Yorkshire. The textile trade went into terminal decline, the mills shut down forever and in a single generation Hebden Bridge became a place that people want to visit.

The surrounding countryside offers walking every bit as good as the more celebrated Yorkshire Dales; within minutes you can be tramping across the moors. And this close proximity of town and country is repeated all across West Yorkshire. There’s such diversity in the area that you can find yourself in quite unfamiliar surroundings, even close to places you may know very well. Take time to explore this rich county and you will be thrilled at what you find to shatter old myths and preconceptions. 

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