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“Price of Art”

Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Ranked #2 of 42 things to do in Wakefield
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Owner description: As one of the world’s leading open air galleries, Yorkshire Sculpture Park is an international centre for modern and contemporary art inspired by the natural beauty of the historic 18th Century Bretton Estate.With a changing programme of exhibitions and a dynamic line up of events and activities throughout the year, each season brings something new to discover.
Leeds, United Kingdom
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89 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Price of Art”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2013

We used the sculpture park as the base for a walk. Stung by the parking charge of £7.50 as a flat fee. I would have thought there could be a scale of charging by how many hours parked. Having got over that, the most I have ever paid to park, the environment of the park and its contents are very good indeed. However, the majority of the land is public footpaths and bridleways. I was left wondering whether I was inadvertently paying for art.

Visited November 2013
Thank Dillan1965
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YSPsculpture, Public Relations Manager at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, responded to this review, December 3, 2013
Hi Dillan.

Thanks for your review and glad to hear you enjoyed your visit.

I wanted to let you know that parking at YSP is charged at three different prices: £2.50 for up to one hour, £5.00 for one to two hours and £7.50 for the whole day.

Your parking fee provides vital support to YSP, an independent charity and registered museum which is responsible for the maintenance of the 500-acre Bretton Estate.

Best wishes
Nina Rogers
Communications Manager, YSP
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“Stunning, if you haven't been you must go....”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2013 via mobile

The park is beautiful (we were very fortunate to have a crisp autumnal backdrop!) and the sculptures fascinating and set in the landscape. It's a great value day and so convenient to find from the M1. Don't miss the old Deer Sanctuary. The space accommodates people so it doesn't feel crowded and we found the visitor centre good value although busy. We will return as the seasons change.

Visited December 2013
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“Over rated”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2013

It is a great place for a walk, although a little expensive at £7.50 for parking. You really need your walking boots on, as there are very few paths and it gets quite muddy at this time of year.
You also have to know your sculptures as many are unnamed or on palettes. One has the impression that the sculptures were put in years ago and have had little maintenance since.
The lack of information about the various sculptures and artists is deplorable.
This is basically a shop/café and gallery in a beautiful setting. It could be so much more.

Visited November 2013
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2013 via mobile

We like to go to country parks and in long walks so though we would give the sculpture park a go. Generally we were disappointed - it is quite arty and for those that aren't necessarily into art, it is difficult as a lot of the sculptures have no explanations with them. It's difficult to navigate around the place too and we missed some of the sculptures. It's really muddy - make sure you wear your walking gear. The route we took wasn't straight forward to follow.

Yes it's expensive to park but as others have said there isn't an entry fee so it isn't too bad. You could probably find somewhere nearby to park and walk to it.

We visited the cafe after our walk for lunch and were really disappointed. A couple of ladies were leaving as we got there and it was otherwise empty. We got a panini and a couple of drinks which seemed a bit overpriced. Nevertheless we sat down to wait for the paninis. We had to move tables twice as they were all dirty - I don't understand why as there was a guy serving and a lady just sat chatting to him - there were no customers other than us so no excuse not to be clean. The food was bland and tasteless.

Overall I wouldn't recommend it. Much nicer places to go and walk etc.

Thank CostelloSa
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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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“Nice walk”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2013

We only live about 3.5 miles from here and are regular visitors. The sculptures dotted around the park are accessible to touch and cover a fairly large area. It does make you wonder where the artists get there inspiration and ideas. The cost to park is fairly priced and the café which supplies food and drink is comfortable and enjoyable. It's a great place to visit on a good day and when you're not rushed and limited to time. Take a picnic.

Visited May 2013
Thank peter l
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