Sandal Castle, Wakefield

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Sandal Castle stands in a commanding position overlooking the River Calder, Pugney's Country Park, the city of Wakefield, and the M1.

The castle is best known for the famous Battle of Wakefield which was fought nearby in 1460 during the Wars of the Roses. Richard, Duke of York was killed in the battle.

During the English Civil War in the 1640s Sandal Castle was besieged twice by Parliamentary forces. Afterwards, it was stripped of its defences.

Remains of the 13th century stone castle and the fine motte and bailey can be seen on site. Visitors can climb to the top of the motte where they are treated to superb views of the Calder Valley.

The castle has been extensively excavated and finds can be seen in the Visitor Centre and at nearby Wakefield Museum, located on Wood Street, Wakefield.
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  • I haven't been in years and I always thought "why the hell did they build a castle there". It's only when you climb to the top of the hill you realise why, the views are amazing and you can see for mi...  more »
  • This is a favourite spot near Wakefield, rich in history and with lovely views over Pugneys lake and to the distant Pennine hills. If you are in Wakefield, don't miss it  more »
  • I went to the castle today with my family, for the first time. Access to the castle is poor. As previous reviews highlight, the footbridge to the castle has been closed. It ought to be repaired and on...  more »
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  • There is a fairly new cafe here. It's clean. The food is good, there is information about the site and its a great place to let children run to their hearts content.
  • Lovely place to come for a walk or just sit and relax for a while. The history is interesting too. Would be 5 stars but the footbridges have been closed so you have to scramble on the bankings.
  • Just found this place . Friendly and caring staff . Food is fantastic and looking forward trying all the cakes 😁 dogs love being able to be with us in the cafe . The ruins are nice to walk around and the views are amazing . Well worth a visit xxxxx
  • Its fun if you enjoy history, but the actual castle has been cut off because the bridge is unsafe, so you can only really enjoy the full experience if you're up for scaling the side of the castle. There's actually not a whole lot to do, but if you enjoy walking this should be for you
  • Great views and pleasant enough grounds surrounding a very ruined castle. A great pitty the walkway to the top is closed still

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The area surrounding All Saints Wakefield Cathedral is scenic and central, while a modern hotel outside the center offers deals on nightly rates. Consider a self-catered rental apartment in the residential areas circling the city center.
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