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“Sandal Castle - Well worth a visit for the views alone”
Review of Sandal Castle

Sandal Castle
Ranked #10 of 46 things to do in Wakefield
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Reviewed September 11, 2013

This site is run by the Wakefield Council and as such is free access. The views over the Valley below across the Pugneys Country Park are stunning especially from the top of the castle itself.

Although not a great deal of the castle remains on view the ditches and moat are of such a huge size that you cant fail to be impressed by the engineering feat that went into the excavation. There is an onsite visitor centre that also offers a detailed story of the visit and the pictures and info on the archaeological dig that took place in the summers of 1964 to 1973.

There are plans afoot to further enhance the site by creation of access stairways into the ditches and moats and guided tours are currently available at about £2 per person although we did not avail ourseles this time of this service.

Parking is also free and there is a gift shop within the visitor centre. Below the site is the place where the battle of wakefield took place and Richard the II (not to be confused with Bosworths Richard the Third) was killed in battle.

For those of a retail mind you can this visit the new trinity shopping centre which is close by in Wakefield and well signposted or alternatively the Hepworth Museum.

Thank Michael D
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

We walked from Pugneys following the footpath to Sandal Castle. Having climbed to the top, we enjoyed sitting watching the farmers harvesting their crops, taking in the views of Pugneys and Wakefield, and then looked round the ruins.
Then we went down to the bailey and the information centre, which was excellent, with plenty of interpretation. There was also a guided tour the day we visited, but unfortunately we could not stay for it as we did not have enough parking time at Pugneys.

Thank Christine K
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Reviewed September 6, 2013

Sandal Castle stands in a commanding position overlooking the River Calder, Pugneys Country Park, the city of Wakefield, and the M1. Great views from the top. The ruins of the castle date back to the 13th century. It can be a bit gusty at the top on a windy day. Parking is free and there was no charge to get into the site. There is a visitor centre and guided tours are available at a cost.

Thank AzzyBaby
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

As I'm typing this I can look up and see the castle set high above the surrounding countryside to the west in a commanding position over what is an overgrown grassy lane but was the old main road south out of Wakefield.
The castle is now basically stone ruins having been demolished by Parliamentary troops in the Civil War after they captured it from the Royalists. More importantly it formed the centre piece of the Battle of Wakefield on 30 December 1460 during the Wars of the Roses. The foolhardy Richard Duke of York left the safety of the castle to aid a foraging party which had been attacked only to be ambushed by the main Lancastrian army - he and his youngest son, Rutland were killed along with about 3000 men.
Reputedly part of the nearby Portobello Estate, between the castle and the River Calder covers a large mass grave!
There is a Visitor Centre open from 11am to 3pm (4.30 in summer ) Wednesday to Sunday. To get the best out of a visit read up on the battle although there are information boards which will give some idea.

Thank Tony F
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

Walking round the motte and bailey ruins is an experience - really good for kids to run off steam and get a bit of history!

Thank quisScotland
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