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Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield

Categories: Art Galleries, Nature & Parks, Museums
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4.3/5 based on 2,600+ reviews on the web
An open-air gallery situated in the grounds of Bretton Hall, Yorkshire Sculpture Park exhibits the work of a variety of British and international artists. Exhibits rotate often and occasionally run indoors and even underground in the Bothy garden. The park itself sprawls across approximately 202 hectares (500 acres) of land, so you can stroll as well as explore some art. Using our online itinerary creator, Wakefield attractions like Yorkshire Sculpture Park can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • I haven't been round the park for years but fancied a change. Glad I did. The place is very nice for a stroll with well kept paths. Then also you are walking along. sculptures appear in sometimes unex...  read more »
  • Great views, sculptures and setting.Staff friendly and helpful.Ate in cafe , food hot , served quickly and tasty although prices are a little expensive for a cafe. 
  • Spent a good 3 hours walking round the grounds and taking in the sculptures. Really very good and it helped that it was a bright sunny day. Can imagine its a great place to spend the whole day in the ...  read more »
  • Fantastic day out. Huge open air sculptures and smaller pieces within gallery spaces. Ideal for art loving adults or just families with children looking for a cheap and interesting day out. You only pay for your car parking (£8 in 2016) and then you can have lunch in the café or take a picnic. Very much recommended of you're in Yorkshire and worth travelling too
  • Amazing place to visit for an active day out with lovely surroundings for a short or long walk and the exhibits are always world class. YSP does incredibly well at continuing to invest in their buildings and infrastructure. Parking is relatively expensive but there's no fee to enter the park or exhibits so it's a fair balance. The various cafes also offer great quality food and drinks.
  • It would be wise for dog walkers to read the following before thinking of going to the park, as the rules make it quite a rubbish day out if you're thinking of taking your dog(s) with you... "YSP welcomes caring dog owners. Please abide by the Countryside Code and local by-laws: dogs must be kept on leads and under control at all times. Use dog fouling bins provided. There are a few restrictions for visitors with dogs: dogs are not permitted in any buildings, in YSP Shuttle Buses, or around Upper Lake or Menagerie Wood due to wildlife and grazing cows. Assistance dogs are permitted throughout the site" So dogs on leads at all times and you're not allowed to walk around the woods or around the lake (more than half the site) even with your dog on a lead, due to "wildlife and grazing cows" which doesn't stop you walking your dogs in other places where there is wildlife and grazing cows (I was raised on a farm that had public footpaths running through it). I went with my wife, 2 kids and two small dogs. At one point not long before the place closed and when there was hardly anyone left at the site, we were in a very large open space in the park (not the countryside) on our own and we had the dogs off the lead (didn't see the above draconian rules until AFTER we'd been), but they are well trained dogs and don't move more than 5 yards from us, i.e. we were in complete control of them. There were no other people within at least 2 or 3 hundred yards, but two jack-booted, Hitleresque jobsworths in black uniforms quickly descended upon us from nowhere and made us put the dogs on leads. We are very responsible dog owners and our dogs never cause any problems, but it seems that whoever decided on the rules for the park is very dog unfriendly and has made it as awkward as possible for dog walkers and to the point that I will never visit the place again. It's as if they don't really want dogs there at all so dog owners are made to feel like lepers. Add to that, the extortionate parking costs that seem to have doubled just lately (now £8). When museums etc... were made free to visit some time ago for educational purposes, all they did was find a loophole that enabled them to take the money for parking instead, so it's not free AT ALL, but just gives the illusion of being free. When such places were told by the government to stop charging an entrance fee, it was because they started receiving funding, but it seems they want the funding AND the entrance fee (disguised as a parking charge). And if you don't take your own food and refreshments, don't forget to re-mortgage your house before you go as you might need the extra cash. What a rip off for their captive audience. Also, some of the "art" wasn't as good as what my 10 year old daughter produces at school. She's just not a pretentious oink like the so-called artists who have their work ... cough ... displayed there. It reminds me of the art gallery where a vistor took their flip flops off to walk round barefoot and all the modern art buffs were studying them, giving their expert appraisal and taking pictures because they thought they were an exhibit, lol. Also, the place seems to be littered with ugly, empty, derelict buildings that are taped off and out of bounds. All in all, a pretty crap day out and if I could have given the place no stars, I would have done.
  • A beautiful and sunny day out with our friend, her 3 year old daughter and our toy poodle. A stunning park with some interesting sculptures. Spent 4 hours roaming around and still had more to see.
  • I love this place. Always lots to see, and new exhibitions coming frequently. The Henry Moores in the landscape a treasure. Some people complain about paying for parking, but the money goes to running the park which can't be cheap, and there is so much to see, I think it's excellent value.
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