PLACES TO VISIT
IN WAKEFIELD AND SURROUNDING AREA
The YSP is an award winning art gallery, with both open-air and indoor exhibition spaces, in the 18th century Bretton Hall estate. It features art by renowned British and international artists, including Henry Moore, Damien Hirst, and Andy Goldsworthy. A truly unique venue, set in 500 acres of stunning parkland, the park opened in 1977 and is still the largest of its kind in Europe. A wander through the grounds and visitor centre, admiring the stunning works, is a memorable experience for both young and old visitors alike. Workshops, cafe and gift shop on site.
Opening Times: 10am-8pm, 7 days a week, Summer. 10am-4pm, Tuesday-Sunday, Winter.
Travel Time from Waterton Park Hotel: 8 miles. 20 minutes by car.
The Hepworth Wakefield is an award-winning art gallery in the heart of Yorkshire, set within Wakefield’s historic waterfront overlooking the River Calder. Designed by the acclaimed David Chipperfield Architects, the gallery opened in May 2011.
Named after Barbara Hepworth, one of the most important artists of the 20th century who was born and brought up in Wakefield, the gallery presents major exhibitions of the best international modern and contemporary art and has dedicated galleries exploring Hepworth’s art and working process.
The Hepworth Wakefield is home to Wakefield’s art collection – an impressive compendium of modern British art, including works by Ben Nicholson, L.S. Lowry, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore as well as work by significant contemporary artists such as Phyllida Barlow, and Alvaro Barrington. The gallery also features a cafe, gift shop, workshops, and unique gardens.
Opening Times: 10am-4pm, Tuesday – Sunday.
Travel Time from Waterton Park Hotel: 3.5 miles. 10 minutes by car.
Visit Wakefield Museum to discover the fascinating history of the city at work and play! Follow our growth to the capital of Yorkshire’s West Riding and discover the weird, the wonderful and the truly amazing Entertaining exhibitions, fascinating stories and memorable experiences await.
Imagine life as a nineteenth century prisoner in Wakefield Jail, discover the area’s rugby heritage, hear the strange crackle that forced rhubarb makes when growing, learn the hardships of war throughout the ages and relive the stories of people who have worked, lived and played in the city. Plus, there is a small exhibition featuring Charles Waterton and Walton Hall.
Opening Times: Monday – Saturday. Check website for opening hours.
Travel Time from Waterton Park Hotel: 4.5 miles. 15 minutes by car.
Sandal Castle stands in a commanding position overlooking the River Calder, to the south of Wakefield city centre. The castle is best known for the role it played in the Battle of Wakefield in 1460 during the Wars of the Roses where Richard, Duke of York was killed.
Remains of the 13th century stone castle and the fine motte and bailey can still be seen today. Climb the steps to the top of the motte and marvel at the stunning panoramic views of the Calder Valley.
Enjoy a relaxing stroll around the castle grounds and learn about the rich heritage of the site.
Opening Times: Monday – Sunday. Free entry during daylight hours.
Travel Time from Waterton Park Hotel: 2.5 miles. 8 minutes by car.
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