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The Hepworth Wakefield

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Address: Gallery Walk, Wakefield WF1 5AW, England
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The Hepworth Wakefield is Yorkshire's award-winning gallery designed by...

The Hepworth Wakefield is Yorkshire's award-winning gallery designed by David Chipperfield Architects which opened to the public in May 2011. The UK's largest purpose-built gallery in over 50 years, we celebrate the achievements of one of Britain's most significant sculptors, Barbara Hepworth, in the city in which she was born and raised.

As well as the Hepworth Family Gift, a unique collection of Hepworth's working models gifted to Wakefield through the Art Fund, the gallery also holds the collection of the former Wakefield Art Gallery. Alongside collection displays, we also present a regularly changing programme of contemporary exhibitions by world-renowned artists as well as offering award-winning family and learning activities for all ages, a cafe bar and shop - a perfect day out for all the family. Free admission all year round.

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interesting few hours

I spent a really interesting few hours in the gallery which also has also a nice gift shop and great catering facilities .the food and service in the catering unit was superb .

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
MeAndonis
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Chania Prefecture, Greece
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Finally came to visit here after wanting to for a few months there was some good pieces of art but a lot of things that I just didn't understand but that's just me, loved the bubble piece of art the best part of the gallery was the lovely staff

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Thank JoMcArdle
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The gallery is extremely well presented and very informative. Exhibitions have plenty of viewing space and the views from the large windows are amazing. Staff are always friendly and the shop is okayish I'm price, but it supports the gallery so isn't too bad. Nothing particularly bad at all to say. The building itself is a piece of art which... More 

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Batley, England
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Decided to visit to satisfy our curiosity. Parking is expensive but as The Hepworth does not charge admission you can justify it. The building is nice to look at and once inside is very light and airy. There were lots of staff in attendance should you need any information. It is a nice place to walk around,though most of the... More 

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Chania Prefecture, Greece
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I spent a really interesting few hours in the gallery which also has also a nice gift shop and great catering facilities .the food and service in the catering unit was superb .

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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have actually been here twice now. You do get the usual selection of people talking about the paintings like they actually know what they are talking about, it it is quite an nformative place, with a good selection of exhibits that are quite varied in styles and composition. It is worth a visit, even if it's just to satisfy... More 

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came here for the first time since it was first built last month. I just didn't really understand it. Didn't really hold the kind of art I was expecting, there wasn't really anything in there from artists that I knew except for Barbara Hepworth herself. The cafe was super expensive and the Hepworth car park is extortionate!! Park else where... More 

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TheHepworthWakefield, Manager at The Hepworth Wakefield, responded to this review

I'm sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your visit. The Hepworth Wakefield’s mission is to make world-class art more accessible to everyone in the Yorkshire region and beyond. However, we appreciate that exhibitions may not be to everyone's taste. Our exhibitions change every 3 to 4 months so that there is always something new to see and experience. In... More 

Holmfirth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with 3 children ranging from 4yrs to 8yrs. Our eldest had visited before on a school trip and was raving about it when she got back so we thought we'd take her back. It's £5 to park just across the road and there's a safe pelican crossing to cross by then a footpath to the entrance. We were met... More 

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2 Thank JOHNHEPPENSTALL
TheHepworthWakefield, Manager at The Hepworth Wakefield, responded to this review

Many thanks for your lovely feedback - I'm pleased to hear you all enjoyed your visit. I hope you voted for your favourite artist: we will announce the winner of the People's Choice for the Sculpture Prize in February. More 

North West England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Hepworth is set in a landmark, custom designed building, austere exterior, white cube interior, set in what could be a fantastic location on the river if only time and effort was spent in tidying up the surrounding areas. The cafe bar provides nice food but then serves it stacked high on small wooden boards. Having to deconstruct a posh... More 

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TheHepworthWakefield, Manager at The Hepworth Wakefield, responded to this review

Many thanks for your comments - it is really useful to have feedback like this so that we can improve the whole experience for all of our visitors. We have got a great programme planned for 2017 so we hope to welcome you back here again soon. More 

Wakefield, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I went with two 4 year olds to the Christmas decorations activity, was full when we got there so she sent up up to do an activity sheet in the gallery, children quickly got bored because as soon as they went near a sculpture the staff were on us and constantly watching like I'd brought in two terribly behaved children... More 

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TheHepworthWakefield, Manager at The Hepworth Wakefield, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback although I am sorry to hear that you weren't able to do our Christmas decorations activity. As well as family trails we also offer a family explorer backpack for families to take around the gallery with them - if you decide to visit again just ask at the welcome desk. Whilst we want everyone to... More 

Durham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Most provincial cities would love to have a gallery as good as the Hepworth in Wakefield. It is part of a regeneration of the riverside and is a great investment in my view. The parking was a bit odd though. We drove round three times before the penny dropped where we had to go, across the river. The £5 charge... More 

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