Fantastic day out for art lovers and those who just need a bit of fine Yorkshire fresh air.
Great work by Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth amongst many others in a stunning setting.
Set in the Bretton Country Park it's much bigger than I imagined and is well worth spending a day to explore. Probably 5 miles or more to walk round the whole park and a good way to take everything in.
Tasty reaonably priced food in the restaurant makes for a good pit stop.
10/10. Make this a must do if you are in the area.
We came here over the August bank holiday weekend and thought it would be rammed - we had to park a bit further away, in the overflow car park, but it wasn't a problem. Parking cost £4 and we took a picnic. Plenty of maps and routes available if you don't want to wander around aimlessly (which we did), and weird and wonderful sculptures dotted around all over the place. Bit frustrating that some of them can't be climbed on, when they look very climb-on-able, particularly for children, but a really lovely day out.
The cafe/restaurant inside is great too - a good size to cater for plenty of people, tasty menu (including afternoon teas), although my one gripe would be that while the seating on the upper balcony outside is potentially a brilliant idea, the barrier is just the wrong height and completely ruins any views! All I saw for the half hour we sat up there was a plank of wood : (
I love the sculpture park. It's a really good long walk, with beautiful art to look at. The gallery underneath the main building changes periodically, meaning repeat visits are worth it.
The 2 mile walk to the gallery through the woods is worth it if you can manage to walk it, as there are lots more sculptures scattered along the way.
The disabled access route is well planned, even if it is probably better suited to pushchair users. My absolute favourite work is the Deer Shelter, which takes your breath away with its beautiful simplicity.
Only cost is parking, which is about £3 for the day.
Great for a nice walk, easy to get to (very close to the M1) and some really interesting sculptures if you like that kind of thing - and just a really nice place for a walk if it doesn't interest you! Don't miss all the Henry Moore area as it's excellent! It can be quite muddy so decent footwear is a must have but it's only waht you'd really expect for a walk around the counry side!
Really well worth a trip : )
Yorkshire Sculpture Park is an extraordinary place that sets out to challenge, inspire, inform and delight. Within 500 acres of 18th century parkland, it is an international centre for modern and contemporary art. This place is a fab for a day out on a dry day. Firstly it free so it can be a cheap day out for all the family also plently of space to picnic is 500 acres there also benches too for you to use. There are toilets too in the main building along with a giftshop and cafe. The views of the surrounding country side are amazing. The only down sides were the cost of parking which I thought was pretty expensive at 4 pounds and the amount of animal dung in area's from geese and sheep but perhaps thats cost in not used to the countryside. Kids can be free to run around in all the open space and use there imagination when interpeting the sculptures.
In the Summer from Easter onwards the grounds and Centre are open from 10am until 6pm.
In the Winter months the grounds and Centre are open from 10am until 5pm.
Shop + restaurant close 1 hour before grounds and Centre
Wonderful grounds to walk in, children will love to look at the sculptures, often there is an exhibition or activity specifically aimed at children. There is an excellent cafe, and other facilities.
My 3 year old boy, loves to run around the sculptures, and he particularly likes the musical area under the tree, as you step on the floor a tune plays! It is also ideal to for the pushchair, for his younger sister.
Less than 1 mile from M1 exit 38. Follow brown heritage road signs to YSP
A wonderful day out for all the family. Take walking shoes though, there's a lot of walking and sheep dung! My children like the musical instruments you stand on best to make the sounds.
Lots of open space to let the kids run free, plenty to look at and even things for the kids to do in the musical area - never known a little one not enjoy that area!!!
Yet another cheap day out in the Yorkshire area - lets face it the kids dont understand the Credit Crunch - they still get a good day out without knowing its a cheap day for Mum and Dad woohoooo
Great for family, get there early on a summers day, bring a picnic and chill out. Been many a time great fun day
Living just round the corner from the Sculpture Park I visit quite a lot. Great place for a steady stroll around the beautiful grounds on a sunday afternoon although it can get very busy in summer. Lots to see - the lake, the house, the nonchalant sheep - something for everyone from young children to the elderly. Free art galleries enhance the visit. One word of warning - the parking is expensive and you pay the same whether you stay 1 hour or all day, so if its a nice sunny day take a picnic make it a full day out!
Close to the M1 motorway and easy to find. Entry is free but car parking is currently £4 for the whole day. Many permanent works by Henry Moore, with visiting exhibits changing on a regular basis. Lovely place to go for a walk and to take the kids. If its wet, you need wellies. My kids favorite bit is the free minibus ride between the main visitors centre and the Long Gallery (booster seats were provided).
Just an amazing place! Really good cafe/restaurant too.
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