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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  • Noticed the signs and the castle and stopped en route for some food. Beautiful place and marvellous cafe and helpful staff. Cafe is dog friendly and we met some great dog-walkers enjoying lunch. Cold ...  more »
  • Called in here for lunch. This was our second visit and we will call again. Ideal for Sandal Castle obviously but also if you are on your way to or from Newmillerdam. Coffee is excellent, as were our ...  more »
  • We went there to walk the dog as a few reviews said it was a nice place to walk with dogs. I suppose if you had a tiny dog that stayed on the lead it would be ok but for walking an excitable German sh...  more »
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  • Great place to go for a walk to forget all your stresses. There’s free parking available for about 10-15 cars. Gate closes in the evening so be aware of the time. The path is circular surrounding the moat. The views outwards are spectacular and peaceful to the mind. If you want more adventure, climb towards the center but be careful. Go on a pleasant day because of the grounds are wet, it won’t be a pleasant experience. Dogs love this place too, plenty of places to search and run.
  • This seems to be a really nice place to go out for a walk or a jog. It's very popular with dog walkers and families. The path around the moat is quite narrow so I probably wouldn't go jogging when it's really busy. It's really good place to take people for Educating them about history and the history of Wakefield. It would compliment a history lesson if your children were learning about this at school. It's a good place to go if you are looking for somewhere to go and you don't have much time because it only takes about 20 minutes to walk around.
  • Lots of fun to hike around! Took us a while to walk from the train station to the castle, but signs directed us there and it was totally worth the walk. There are some nice historical signs around the ruins that explain it's background. Good spot for photography or fun exploration.
  • Nice place for a short stroll with a friendly run cafe serving great food. Wheel chair access able and free parking
  • Great piece of history in Yorkshire, it’s a lovely walk with the kids, plus the cafe next to it is excellent for a cup of tea or an ice cream 🍦, plus they have a water bowl for dog walkers that love this location. Unfortunately the bridge to get to the very top seems to be closed, not sure why but if you’re feeling brave you can climb up from the other side.
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