Explore Yorkshire Sculpture Park: A Haven for Art and Nature

by | Feb 25, 2022 | Explore Castleford

For art and culture lovers, Yorkshire Sculpture Park is the perfect place to enjoy a wonderful day out with family and friends. Known as ‘Britain’s first and finest sculpture park’, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) is the leading international centre for modern and contemporary sculpture. Founded in 1977, YSP is the largest of its kind in Europe, spread across a 500-acre, 18th century Bretton Hall estate in West Yorkshire.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) offers a captivating day out for art enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. Established in 1977 on the expansive 500-acre grounds of the 18th century Bretton Hall estate in West Yorkshire, YSP stands as Britain’s foremost sculpture park and the largest of its kind in Europe.

At YSP, visitors can marvel at Barbara Hepworth’s complete collection of The Family of Man, alongside notable sculptures such as Henry Moore’s bronzes and site-specific works by artists like Andy Goldsworthy, David Nash, and James Turrell.

The park hosts a prestigious year-round program of temporary exhibitions across six indoor galleries and an extensive open-air display. With around 100 sculptures and installations to explore outdoors, including gifts from artists and site-specific commissions, YSP promises a dynamic experience with every visit. Discover more about their open-air collection here.

YSP’s recent exhibitions have featured renowned artists such as Tony Cragg, Not Vital, KAWS, Bill Viola, and many others, continuing to push boundaries in contemporary art. Stay updated on upcoming exhibitions here.

In addition to its artistic offerings, YSP provides a diverse shopping experience, offering homewares, books, accessories, and merchandise inspired by their collection and exhibitions.

Visitor Information:

  • Opening Hours: YSP Grounds, YSP Shop, YSP Centre, The Weston Shop: 10.00–17.00 daily (closed 24-25 December);
  • The Weston Gallery, The Kitchen at YSP Centre: 10.00–16.00;
  • The Chapel (open Thursday–Sunday, bank holidays, and school holidays): 10.00–16.00;
  • The Restaurant at The Weston: 9.00–17.00; Centre Coffee and The Cafe at YSP Learning (open weekends and school holidays): 10.00–16.30;
  • Toilets at YSP Centre and Bothy Garden: 10.00–17.00.

Accommodation Near Yorkshire Sculpture Park

For those planning an extended stay, ibis Wakefield East – Castleford, located just 17 miles away at junction 31 of the M62, offers comfortable lodging equipped with modern amenities. Visit www.aghotels.co.uk/ibis-wakefield-east-castleford/ to book directly. Whether you’re a seasoned art connoisseur or simply looking to immerse yourself in a serene natural setting, Yorkshire Sculpture Park promises a memorable experience for all.

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