Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield: Hours, Address, Yorkshire Sculpture Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Yorkshire Sculpture Park
4.5
Art Galleries • Parks • Art Museums
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) is the UK’s leading outdoor art gallery and an international centre for modern and contemporary sculpture. It is an independent charitable trust and registered museum situated in the 18th-century Bretton Hall estate in West Yorkshire. Founded in 1977 by Executive Director Peter Murray, YSP was the first sculpture park in the UK, and is the largest of its kind in Europe, providing the only place in Europe to see Barbara Hepworth’s 'The Family of Man' in its entirety alongside a significant collection of sculpture, including bronzes by Henry Moore and site-specific works by Andy Goldsworthy, David Nash and James Turrell. YSP mounts a world-class, year-round temporary exhibitions programme including some of the world’s leading artists across six indoor galleries and 500 acres of open air. YSP also offers an outstanding learning and family programme, award-winning shops and restaurants, a varied events programme, and a beautiful setting to enjoy nature.
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Steph F
Sheffield, UK11 contributions
May 2022
This is a great day out! We went yesterday and it was really beautiful. I'd recommend going this time of year (May) because there are lambs everywhere, geese with their goslings and beautiful bluebells in the woods. The sculptures themselves were great and there was a variety of different artists and styles, with informative signs next to them explaining the ideas behind the sculptures and their history. We didn't have time to see everything so I'm looking forward to my next visit :) I'd also recommend stopping for a cup of coffee on the balcony of the cafe by the entrance, as the views are stunning.
Written 15 May 2022
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Thank you for such a wonderful review; we really appreciate your encouraging words, continued support and recommendation. We look forward to welcoming you back for another visit soon. Warmest wishes, YSP
Written 17 May 2022
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Sarah
Cleethorpes, UK1 contribution
May 2022 • Friends
We visited for the first time today, luckily the weather was kind to enable us to see all the exhibits outside in their glory. I'd advise wearing comfortable shoes it's a huge beautiful outdoor setting and mostly flat, there are galleries inside but are limited. We ate in the cafe the food was superb and a great choice was to be had with beautiful views of the park. Lots of space for children to run around. We are not Arty people but actually found it an incredible place to be and very relaxing and calming. I would definitely recommend a visit.
Written 10 May 2022
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Thank you for your wonderful review and for supporting YSP; sounds like you had a marvellous day with us. We look forward to welcoming you back for another visit soon. Warmest wishes, YSP
Written 11 May 2022
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denis p
Leeds, UK30 contributions
May 2022
Reopen paths for walkers ,most of the paths have been closed.I have been visiting this site for many years ,it used to be free for everybody,not anymore.For four adults in a car you will pay £24.If you arrive on foot or bicycle (enviromently friendly),it is still £6 each.I live in West Yorkshire ,I am not prepared to pay £6 to walk through an area that used to be free.If you have travelled from another part of the country you might be happy to pay £6 for a one off visit.Especially if you like the 'Artwork'on display here.It is very sad that local people are not welcome here anymore.There are wardens on patrol ,checking that nobody has sneaked in without paying.There are signs every where warning that you may be escorted off site if you have not paid.It is like a prison camp in reverse,the moto is, keep people out not in.
Written 9 May 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to write a review. So sorry you feel that people local to YSP are not being made to feel welcome by the ticketing policy. YSP ticketing was initially implemented to comply with Government mandatory Track and Trace during the pandemic and it has become clear ticketing must remain in place to secure YSP’s future. Our ticketing pricing remains competitive and in line with our former car parking costs of £12 for a family of four, parking all day, with adults at £6 and under 18’s free of charge. YSP offers a vast amount of culture endeavours, a free visitor Learning programme, a schools and exhibition programme along with catering outlets, retail spaces and year-round events. To continue to provide these outstanding facilities, landscape and world class exhibitions YSP must ask its visitors to contribute when they visit and the only way to do this is by charging an entry fee, whether they arrive on foot, by car or public transport. Best wishes, YSP
Written 11 May 2022
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Nicola D
Hessle, UK3,055 contributions
Apr 2022
What a great place for families! We have not been for several years. It used to be free admission but you paid for parking. Now you pre-book and pay per person and parking is free but it is still very good value for money.

We met up with our children, partners and grandchildren for a family day out. We were there for over 4 hours and walked for miles but did not see everything. There are lots of sheep (and sheep poo) around in parts of the grounds. We took a packed lunch and found a vacant picnic table. The 3 children (aged between 5 – 10 years) thoroughly enjoyed themselves running about from sculpture to sculpture (especially the ‘rude’ ones)! We did get a map but it was very confusing and did not really name the sculptures on the map clearly.

There is a cafe where we got hot drinks to take out.

We had a great day.
Written 6 May 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review. Sorry to hear you found the map confusing, please be aware we have at the Information Desk, team members to help with information regarding sculpture location, route advice and are happy to orientate and give access advice. We also have gallery team members across site to assist visitors. YSP has also joined the Bloomberg Connects app. The app contains everything visitors need to guide them through their visit, from maps and information about food, drink and shopping, to accessibility and engaging information about the artworks. This free digital guide is a wonderful opportunity to view and learn about the works on display at YSP, allowing you to further engage while onsite as well as enabling virtual access from anywhere at any time via a mobile device. Thank you for supporting YSP and If you do decide to return to Yorkshire Sculpture Park in the future, we hope you find this information beneficial. Best wishes YSP
Written 9 May 2022
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PabloMorley
Leeds, UK784 contributions
May 2022
Nice extensive grounds with some interesting art features but beware...website says free entry but car parking fees, but in reality it's now pay per person at £6 each, and in busy times you are expected to pre-book tickets. Says wheelchair and mobility scooter friendly on their website but there are many areas where climbing steps is the only access. Mobility scooter hire is free on site and you really need a rugged scooter to use some of the paths and grassed areas.
Unless you are an art lover this is a rip-off for a 1-2 hour stay.
Cafe opens at 10 am am but eye-watering prices for food and drink - captive audience!!!
Written 5 May 2022
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Thank you for taking the time to write a review. YSP ticketing was initially implemented to comply with Government mandatory Track and Trace in 2020 during the pandemic, and it has become clear ticketing must remain in place to secure YSP’s future. Our ticketing pricing remains competitive and in line with our former car parking costs of £12 for a family of four, parking all day, with adults at £6 and under 18’s free of charge. YSP offers a vast amount of culture endeavours, a free visitor Learning programme, a schools and exhibition programme along with catering outlets, retail spaces and year-round events. To continue to provide these outstanding facilities, landscape and world class exhibitions YSP must ask its visitors to contribute when they visit and the only way to do this is by charging an entry fee. For any visitors with mobility issues there are team members at the information desk (situated in the main visitor centre) who are more than happy to give both route and ground condition advise. Please also take a look at the following link to the YSP map. https://ysp.org.uk/_assets/media/editor/ysp-folded-map-digital-artwork.pdf The solid white lines, on the map, represent the most accessible parts of the park for any visitor with mobility issues. Best wishes, YSP
Written 12 May 2022
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Andy
Driffield, UK65 contributions
May 2022 • Family
A really good day out, would recommend to anyone, a lot of walking but wheelchair friendly from what I could see. Very good sculptures, food great in the cafe
Written 1 May 2022
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Thank you for such a wonderful review and your recommendation. We really appreciate all your support and we hope we can welcome you back for another visit soon. Warmest regards YSP
Written 2 May 2022
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HazelR
Wakefield, UK17 contributions
Apr 2022
Very relaxing place to visit. If you want to go just to see the wonderful art work and sculptures there is plenty to see in both galleries and the outdoors. There are different places to walk either stroll along the lake or see the wildlife in the woods. YSP is suitable for ages and there are places to eat or drink both indoors and outside. Excellent toilet facilities.
Written 1 May 2022
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Thank you for such a wonderful review; we really appreciate your encouraging words and continued support. We look forward to welcoming you back for another visit soon. Warmest wishes, YSP
Written 2 May 2022
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RosalindLondon
York, UK110 contributions
Apr 2022
No thought has been given to visitors to this park who are unfamiliar with its location. The first legible signage from the main road points to a car park on the left hand side. There is no information telling you that this is not the entrance to the sculpture park or to the exhibitions. When you eventually find an entrance by foot which, I recollect, is through the side of a gift shop, you are given no indication as to where the paths lead or how long they are and any seats you can find are very few and far between. The 'sculptures' immediately on show are toy-town installations. I therefore retraced my steps and asked two nice young members of staff where I could find the Robert Indiana exhibition. They explained that I had to drive up the hill to the visitor centre; nowhere was this information displayed in the first car park I entered which I was supposed to know was not the YSP but the Weston car park! When I got there I asked an employee where I could find this exhibition and was told 'The Underground', as if I would immediately understand where that was. This organisation which claims charitable status and asks for donations throughout its site seems to be run by people for their own convenience. Their lack of thought for a proportion of their visitors who have mobility or visual impairments is disappointing. We won't be back.
Written 28 April 2022
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So sorry to read about your experience at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. As you drive from Junction 38 of the M1 we have a large road sign which shows directions to the main entrance. We have an on-line map and pre-arrival information on there too. We ask visitors to enquire at our main information desk for any type of access information and are currently working on a new comprehensive access statement. We have Tramper mobility scooters which are free to hire to help our visitors navigate our vast landscape (pre-booking recommended) and can offer descriptive tours for the blind and visually impaired. I do hope that this is not the last time you will visit and if you have any other suggestions for ways in which we can improve our visitor information please don’t hesitate to contact us. Best wishes YSP Getting Here | Yorkshire Sculpture Park (ysp.org.uk) Getting Here | Yorkshire Sculpture Park - YSP Yorkshire Sculpture Park is located 7 miles outside of Wakefield and 20 miles south of Leeds in West Yorkshire. YSP is conveniently located one mile from M1 Junction 38 and is served by Leeds-Bradford, Doncaster-Sheffield and Manchester International Airports, all within a 90-minute drive away. ysp.org.uk
Written 3 May 2022
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FinnytheFish
Cheltenham, UK46 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
I came here with my mom on Easter Monday. It was a sunny day and very busy but the park is so big that it never felt too crowded. At 500 acres it's colossal and you can walk for hours and still not see everything. We didn't see all the sculptures but saw a lot, you didn't have to walk very far before coming across one. There was a great variety and I didn't think that £6 per person was bad considering it's a full day out and there's some great artwork. You can also take a picnic so don't need to buy food/drinks when you're there. I also noticed some past reviews moaned about the animal droppings everywhere but I don't see the problem, if you went for a country walk anywhere else you'd expect it so I don't know why here should be any different. It's a huge expanse of countryside, not a manicured park, walking boots are necessary.
Written 25 April 2022
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Thank you for your wonderful review and for supporting YSP; sounds like you had a marvellous day with us. We look forward to welcoming you back for another visit soon. Warmest wishes, YSP
Written 26 April 2022
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Claire
Yorkshire, UK223 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
Visited in April, lovely sunny day and enjoyed a lovely walk around the park.

We did plan to have a picnic on the large grass area around the lakes, however the entire area was covered in geese droppings.
So I would advise you plan your picnic’s to only the picnic areas.

Large car park, and entry only with pre purchased tickets.
Kids had a great time running round freely, tho from my last visit there did seem to be a lot less sculptures.

Happily spent 3 hours with picnic.

Be warned ice cream prices are £3 upwards for a simple FAB or scooped ice cream. Never I been so shocked to pay £9.90 for 3 ice creams!
Written 23 April 2022
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Hello, thank you for your review relating to your experience at YSP. I’m pleased to hear you and your family enjoyed a happy visit on a sunny day. With regards to our Ice Cream pricing, we offer a range of 16 branded impulse ices alongside 9 delicious flavours of quality scooped ice cream. As a charitable organisation, we are price conscious and carry out regular reviews to ensure consistency with other relatable local visitor attractions. Currently 7 ice creams from of our range are priced at £2.20. We have experienced unprecedented supplier price increases in the past 3 months and unfortunately, we have not been able to absorb all without the need to pass a small increase for retails products onto our visitors. Also, regarding your comment about geese droppings around the lower park, unfortunately we cannot restrict where flocks of wild geese congregate and should you wish to visit YSP again and bring a picnic, we do have designated picnic areas in various locations within the parkland for visitors to use. We thank you for supporting YSP and hope to welcome you back in the near future. Best wishes, YSP
Written 29 April 2022
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Yorkshire Sculpture Park is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00