The Hepworth Wakefield, Wakefield

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At The Hepworth Wakefield, view the 44 sculptures by artist Barbara Hepworth, as well as her collection of donated art, spanning from the 16th century to the present day. Ponder the building's Brutalist design, composed of ten trapezoidal blocks and naturally lit by windows in high, pitched ceilings. Take in views of the river, historic waterfront, and city skyline. Check the website to see schedules of movie screenings, concerts, and hands-on activities, such as printmaking workshops. The gallery is 1,600 sq m (5,249 sq ft). Put The Hepworth Wakefield into our Wakefield tour builder site and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Great displays of art in a great building. The range of displays over the past couple of years has been fantastic.  more »
  • We visited Wakefield specifically to visit the gallery and our expectations were exceeded. The architecture of the building works really well in the setting, and provides great spaces inside. The work...  more »
  • Spacious building which looks ugly on the outside but is really nice inside. Has some very interesting and well presented exhibits. I even enjoyed seeing Barbara Hepworth’s book collection. There’s a ...  more »
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  • An unexpected surprise. Tours available on the day included a boat trip which was lovely on a beautiful sunny day. The 2pm Highlights gallery tour is highly recommended. It was informative, accessible and relevant. The guide was knowledge and friendly. Stunning riverside setting and fantastic vistas from within. Well worth a visit.
  • Great for culture buffs. A fascinating collection of attracts ft relating to Barbara Hepworth, not just sculptures but personal items from her studio and such like. Specialist exhibitions usually run for some months at a time so it's worth checking the web site to see if there's something new. The café is not cheap but provides decent coffee and food. Entrance is free.
  • The exhibition space is very good. The Howard Hodgkin exhibition was fantastic and I really enjoyed talking part in the percussion, sound and light exhibit. However, considering the distance of the parking from the gallery, the car park is really expensive. In addition, the cafe was really noisy and uninviting.
  • Open and airy gallery. Free. Nice views from the building. Cafe a bit pricey. School holiday activity this week was great!
  • Absolutely disgusted how they treat disabled children. My daughter was looking forward to going to the Gallery because of her strong interest in art but her day had been spoiled by her group of children with various disabilities were spoken out of turn by stuck up staff and the school was forced to move it's minibus from the appropriate space which meant the children some like my daughter which has various physical issues had to walk much further and not so direct to get to and from the facilities. Nothing they can do now can change my view on how sickening a place like this can treat disabled children. If I could give them less than one star I would.

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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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