Yorkshire Sculpture Park (Wakefield)

YSP is an extraordinary place that sets out to challenge, inspire, inform and delight. With four indoor galleries and 500 acres of 18th-century parkland, it is an international centre for modern and contemporary art, experienced and enjoyed by thousands of visitors each year.

About the Park:

The stunning landscape was designed over 200 years ago as a private pleasure ground. Much thought was given to the planting of thousands of imported exotic trees, to the modelling of hills and valleys, and the use of water and architectural features. Split up in the late 1940s, the estate has, in recent years, been brought together by YSP, providing open access and an integrated landscape management plan.

For the last 30 years, YSP has used the landscape, vistas and other features to site a range of fascinating exhibitions, commissions and installations. They also take care to preserve the spirit of the design of the historic landscape as they restore and protect the estate for the public and for future generations. Managing the estate is a massive task which includes working with farmers, foresters, gardeners and artists. The installation of exhibitions in the open air requires special skills, as does the restoration of planting schemes and drystone walling.

Feilden Clegg Bradley has skilfully created exquisite architecture, which sits sensitively within the landscape. The new Underground Gallery, cut into the hillside of the Bothy Garden, provides three galleries which are ideal for the display of sculpture.

Beyond the gardens and Underground Gallery are rolling fields, lakes and broad countryside: all are changed dramatically by passing time and seasons. Brooding skies; bright, frosty mornings; languid summer afternoons; smoky autumn mists – each evokes different sensory experiences of landscape and art. The Underground Gallery builds on these unique surroundings for art: a context that challenges and inspires our visitors and every artist that works with YSP.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a registered charity (number 1067908), accredited museum and a registered company limited by guarantee (3498700).

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Open all year round except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.


(From 30 October 2017)10.00–17.00 Grounds and YSP Centre
10.00–16.00 YSP Restaurant and Café (10.00–17.00 Weekends, hot food until 15.00)
10.00–16.00 Underground Gallery
10.00–16.00 Bothy Gallery
17.00 Gates locked

The Chapel, Longside Gallery and Garden Gallery are currently closed and will reopen in 2018 with new exhibitions.

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.

By Car

The best postcode for sat nav is WF4 4JX. Exit the M1 at Junction 38, take the A637 towards Huddersfield, and follow the Yorkshire Sculpture Park brown heritage signs for one mile until you reach a roundabout. At this roundabout, turn left and follow the road through to the YSP car park and Centre. View on Google Maps

By Train

Wakefield Westgate is the nearest mainline station, around seven miles from YSP. A taxi from the station costs approximately £10. London King’s Cross to Wakefield takes approximately 2 hours. For times and fares visit nationalrail.co.uk