The Hepworth stands on the river Calder, overlooking the Chantry Chapel. It sound idyllic, but unfortunately in my eyes is a huge grey eyesore , but perhaps more pleasing than a number of industrial units which also blot the landscape in its vicinity.
There is also a hideous effigy hanging from a crane on the canal side, which you will see as you cross the bridge from the car park (which is expensive by the way) which looks like some sort of scarecrow made from all sorts of flotsam and jetsam. Some may call this art but all I can see is a pile of junk scaring off children.
However, once you have overcome the fright, you enter a spacious world, with welcoming staff, and a very decent café / restaurant - all be it a little pricey. However, the Yorkshire rarebit can be recommended and the Tiffin is superb.
The gallery isn't bad either with many different exhibits on show form the very modern to the traditional, catering for all tastes. There are plenty of activities for children through the school holidays and a very pleasant children's play area outside. On a sunny day you can even take a picnic and sit outside. Overall its a great way to spend a day and Wakefield should be proud of securing such a venue, even if it is a grey one.
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