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 and other Wakefield attractions into our Wakefield itinerary builder, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • August 21, 2017
    My eldest child (9) was studying sculpture at school so we elected to take a day out to visit the Hepworth Gallery. There are so many exhibits there from the classic Hepworth and Moore's (some of whic...  more »
  • August 21, 2017
    50p for 30 mins then £5 for 4 hours - getting ripped off is hardly a good start to the experience. Redicoulous charge for visitors  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    I had never been to Wakefield before, but when the Hepworth won museum of the year, we decided to take a trip to Yorkshire and have a look. The road directions are quite confusing and led us to do a s...  more »
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  • Magnificent building. Great outdoor kids' play area. Art is fine, but not aimed at me.
  • Great museum, always something new to see. Lots of activities for kids including a big playground.
  • Well worth a few visits a year as the exhibitions change. Anyone that is local that hasn't been please go! You might be surprised. And if the modern sculptures or the artwork isn't your thing get yourself into the café for a sandwich and cake! All Yorkshire produce where possible and absolutely fantastic food!
  • Nicely present exhibits and friendly and enthusiastic staff. Free entry with paid parking nearby.
  • Situated in an otherwise nondescript part of town, the building angles out of the skyline all concrete and glass. You have to circle around the small adjacent car park to get a spot - but it's worth the wait. I guess it's a question of taste, but I like this architectural style ... it just makes me feel that the same design pointers should be made more widely available to "Joe Public". The Hepworth work speaks for itself ... during my visit there was an exhibition by a fashion designers that was cookie and inspiring and included fashion pieces by designers such as Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, Rei Kawakubo of Commes des Garçons, Helmut Lang and Issey Miyake. Love the water / river location - just had the urge to wade in and clear out all the detritus that had accumulated on the weir and think that they are missing a treat by not having some of the sculpture located mid-stream!

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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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