Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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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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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 May 6, 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 May 9, 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 April 25, 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 April 26, 2022
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GandC_UK
Pocklington, UK575 contributions
Feb 2022
Seemed to be a lot of wide open space since our last visit for the Poppy Wave presumably finances have taken a hit over the last 2 years. Entrance is now per person , booked in advance, rather than a parking charge but works out the same price. Entrance signage needs to be updated as we were told off for following the road in instead of making a left turn at the entrance which was clearly signed 'coaches' , people we were meeting were puzzled at the same junction but someone appeared from a hut and waved them to the left to check tickets.
We really enjoyed the more recent natural sculptures on the boundary , And the massive Damien Hursts towards the new restaurant caused a stir. In total we walked about 8 miles in a figure of 8 as we returned to the visitor centre for lunch which had a good range of sandwiches and soups including gluten free choices which we needed.
Written February 13, 2022
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Thank you for your positive review; we really do appreciate all your support. With regards to the sculpture on display at YSP, we do try to create an exciting and varied exhibition programme. Currently we have 100 sculptures carefully sited throughout our 500 acres of parkland, so that there’s something for most visitors to enjoy. As our exhibitions change regularly we hope to welcome you back again to fully enjoy the art, nature and historic landscape here at YSP. Warmest wishes. YSP
Written February 17, 2022
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jase3983
Barnsley, UK33 contributions
Jan 2021 • Family
Walked there today with dog got to the entrance and now theres a hut with 2 people charging £6 per adult to walk to lake which is what we normally do for our dogs exercise and our mental health struggling with lockdown. To be told they have started charging just to walk dog is scandalous even more when you get to lake you see others that have come in from different entrances and not had to pay. We wont be going back The council or who ever has changed policy should be ashamed in these difficult stressful times.
Written January 29, 2021
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YSP is a charity and accredited museum. With your support YSP continues to be a place for people to access nature and interact with art, the environment and the world around them. It is a place to walk, to learn, to be inspired, and to enjoy. We are determined to ensure that YSP is a strong presence post-Covid-19, and we believe that access to art and nature will be needed more than ever before to support the health and wellbeing of our friends and communities. YSP earns the majority of its income from car parking, retail, catering and events. Our closure throughout our peak season, and continued restrictions, have meant that we have lost a significant amount of our income since lockdown began. Continued loss of income will prevent us from presenting world-class exhibitions, deliver our important education and community work, and maintain the historic 500-acre estate. YSP must generate 80% of its income. We have lost £4 in every £5 since March and need support more than ever to get back on track and ensure our survival. All visitors need to book in advance, so that we can manage numbers and adhere to NHS track and trace guidelines. Tickets cost £6 per person. A ticket includes access to the open air galleries and YSP grounds, and includes parking. Under 18s are free. This charge is based on our experience of average car occupancy and the average amount of time visitors spend at YSP, but we now need every person to contribute in order to survive. Kind Regards YSP
Written February 2, 2021
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Neil S
Bishop Middleham, UK300 contributions
Aug 2021
This is a place that has become a firm family favourite. The main area has excellent exhibition space with rotating exhibitions (check website) along with a self service restaurant and shop. But the real joy is to wonder the grounds, which in themselves are lovely but a truly enhanced by the range of art on offer.

Recently discovered the Chapel, which is a stunning venue for art - though the changing displays won't be to everyone's taste.

This time parked at the lower car park for the new Weston facility, small shop and gallery space but really it is the restaurant that is the purpose for the building. We enjoyed coffee, cakes and tea, having spent a wonderful afternoon wandering around the upper and lower lakes. Food for body and soul.

Up until this year you only had to pay for parking, which you could do on site or on line, however this year they have moved to a book on line system where you have to buy tickets for each member of the party. At time of writing for an adult this is £6 per person - bit of a switch in approach, which is a bit disappointing.
Written August 15, 2021
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Thank you for your positive review; sounds like you enjoyed all aspects of Yorkshire Sculpture Park. YSP implemented a ticketing system during the COVID 19 pandemic to comply with government guidelines. This enabled us to reduce numbers on site, while ensuring our visitors were able to experience YSP safely. By booking a ticket, you are helping us to take care to monitor and minimise our impact on the landscape, while also making a valuable financial contribution. All proceeds from ticket sales go towards maintaining YSP and contribute towards our world-class programme, as well as helping our recovery after an extremely challenging time. Thank you for visiting YSP, we really appreciate all your support and hope we can welcome you back for another visit soon. Kindest Regards, YSP
Written September 6, 2021
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LesleyScarborough
Scarborough, United Kingdom1,085 contributions
Jul 2021
We booked in advance and arrived early on what will probably prove to be the hottest day of the year (21 July). However, considering the size of the park we found the facilities well laid out which enhanced our experience and made us all the more annoyed at the poor facilities of a National Trust property over the other side of the country that we visited the next day! We had brunch on the cool terrace of the cafe in the visitor centre by the car park then slowly walked around the lake, taking advantage of what shade was there and stopping to look at the varied sculptures. Most memorable was the beautiful African head with a very hot Highland Cow resting at its base! We were grateful for the shade provided by a huge orange umbrella in the cafe where we had a cup of tea and for the picnic table under some trees where we enjoyed an ice cream. I share the disappointment of other reviewers on this site at the map provided and though I did download the Bloomberg App with its digital guide my husband got fed up waiting for me while I scrolled through it, trying to find what I was looking for. A well annotated paper map would be so much better. Sorry!
Written August 1, 2021
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Thank you for such a positive review and map feedback. We are truly delighted that you enjoyed your day, here at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. We really appreciate your support and hope it won't be too long before we can welcome you back for another visit. Kind Regards, YSP
Written August 2, 2021
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kRA
13 contributions
Aug 2020
This was our first family trip out since lockdown began, and we all chose Yorkshire Sculpture Park, as it's a place we all enjoy (even the teenager) and we knew that there are wide open spaces to enable social distancing.
Booking online is a simple process, and the charges are now £6 per adult. If you object to paying this then please give your head a wobble.
We queued for a very short time for our tickets to be checked, but then were diverted to a different car park a short drive down the road.
It really is a beautiful park with open fields, woodlands and, of course, an array of sculptures to enjoy. We managed to get off of the beaten track today into some areas we hadn't previously been able to visit as we had left our dogs at home. It was great to finally see the Highland Cattle grazing.

My only gripe from today was the ignorant people who trolled through the area with their dogs (after standing and reading the NO DOGS signs and then still continuing). Perhaps the signs need to be made bigger or simpler for those who appear not to be able to read or understand.

We all felt extremely safe here and entry to the buildings was well controlled. Well done YSP for taking the Covid-19 situation seriously.
Written August 19, 2020
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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 May 15, 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 May 17, 2022
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Brad3105
Barnsley, UK52 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
We’re so fortunate to have the sculpture park just on our doorstep. The grounds are vast and it’s easy to pass the hours by exploring and finding all the pieces of art dotted around. On sunny days there are plenty of areas to have a picnic or the cafe’s have a good selection of food and drink. Since reopening after lockdown YSP have introduced a £6 per person entrance change which personally I think is pretty reasonable if it means we can keep this gem of a place on our doorstep.
Written June 14, 2021
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Thank you for such a fantastic review. We are truly delighted that you enjoyed your day at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. We really appreciate your wonderful words of encouragement and support, and hope it won't be too long before we can welcome you back for another visit. Best Wishes, YSP
Written June 17, 2021
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Cheekycockney190757
Basildon, UK7,466 contributions
May 2021
Visited on Friday 14th May 2021. £6 tickets are amazing value. See some reviews on here complaining about those prices but tbh I am not sure what planet these people are from, but it may be planet philistine tightwad as coming from southern England £6 is what you pay for coughing in most establishments so given the array of magnificent sculpture and landscape seen here, it is literally a small price to pay. I had initially hoped to see a sculpture that unfortunately had been removed (Trees growing through sitting figures), but this absence was a minor disappointment as we made our way from the car park, having pre-booked our tickets, given the pandemic limiting numbers. The sculptures are easily navigated using the free onsite maps as well as signage. Beyond the sculptures the grounds, lake, house, visitors centre, cafe and river are great aspects to enjoy as well as a walk around the estate, which took us circa 4 hours and 12,000 steps. Quite a few hills so not really ideal for those who are not reasonably fit but you can limit yourself to the more accessible sculptures if that is an issue. Different sculptures appealed over others as is the nature of any art installation but given that this is an ever-changing set it rewards revisits. We will be back for sure.
Written May 25, 2021
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Thank you for such a fantastic, first-class review. We are truly delighted that you enjoyed your day at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. We really appreciate your wonderful words of encouragement and support, and hope it won't be too long before we can welcome you back for another visit. Best Wishes, YSP
Written June 10, 2021
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Yorkshire Sculpture Park is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM