Gardenvisit.com The Garden Guide

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

A Palladian house with park, garden and sculpture park. There is a Victorian terrace garden near the house. One can see a changing exhibition of modern sculpture in garden and park settings.

Head Gardener's Comment

Yorkshire Sculpture Park is an international centre for modern and contemporary sculpture, an extraordinary place that sets out to challenge, inspire, inform and delight. Changing exhibitions and projects are sited in the beautiful eighteenth century parkland of the Bretton Estate as well as four distinct indoor galleries.

The landscape provides a variety of scenic vistas of the valley, lakes and eighteenth century estate buildings and bridges and with new exhibitions each year, there is always something different to see.

Historic Lakes & Woodland
From 23.07.11
From Summer 2011, visitors can discover some of YSP’s hidden secrets as historic lakes and woodland are opened to the public for the very first time in the Park’s long history. Extensive work, funded by Natural England, has reinstated long-forgotten footpaths and bridges, and restored delightful features including a Greek-style Summer House, a now landlocked Boathouse, Stepping Stones and a magical Shell Grotto.

A display in the Upper Space documents the environmental stewardship undertaken in the Park, looking back at its history since it was first listed in the Domesday Book in 1086, and considering the future of this much-loved landscape.

The new Underground Gallery, cut discreetly into the hillside of the Bothy Garden, provides extensive indoor exhibition space to complement the outdoor sculpture displays.

The modern Visitor Centre provides all-weather facilities including a large restaurant, shop, coffee bar, auditorium and meeting rooms.

YSP also run an exciting program of workshops, courses and lectures and can provide guided tours personalised to meet the interests of groups.

Artists represented at YSP include: Henry Moore, Anthony Caro, Antony Gormley, Barbara Hepworth, James Turrell and Andy Goldsworthy.

New works in the open air

Antony Gormley: One & Other (2000)
Antony Gormley\'s work is usually based on casts of his own body. His most famous sculpture is the monumental Angel of the North sited near the A1 in Gateshead. Gormley uses this familiar human form to communicate with as many people as possible.

Eva Rothschild: Someone and Someone (2008)
Eva Rothschild has earned a reputation as one of the United Kingdoms’s leading sculptors.
Someone and Someone demonstrates the artist’s adept use of material and form. Although simple in design and construction, the work gives the impression of life and movement. The colourful accents catch the eye and help the viewer pick out and retain the image against the landscape.

The friendly and knowledgeable team at YSP look forward to seeing you during your visit.

Photograph © Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Photograph © Yorkshire Sculpture Park

History

Yorkshire Sculpture Park is an international centre for modern and contemporary sculpture, an extraordinary place that sets out to challenge, inspire, inform and delight. Changing exhibitions and projects are sited in the beautiful eighteenth century parkland of the Bretton Estate as well as four distinct indoor galleries.

The landscape provides a variety of scenic vistas of the valley, lakes and eighteenth century estate buildings and bridges and with new exhibitions each year, there is always something different to see.

The new Underground Gallery, cut discreetly into the hillside of the Bothy Garden, provides extensive indoor exhibition space to complement the outdoor sculpture displays.

The modern Visitor Centre provides all-weather facilities including a large restaurant, shop, coffee bar, auditorium and meeting rooms.

YSP also run an exciting program of workshops, courses and lectures and can provide guided tours personalised to meet the interests of groups.

Artists represented at YSP include: Henry Moore, Anthony Caro, Antony Gormley, Barbara Hepworth, James Turrell and Andy Goldsworthy.

New works in the open air

Antony Gormley: One & Other (2000)
Antony Gormley\'s work is usually based on casts of his own body. His most famous sculpture is the monumental Angel of the North sited near the A1 in Gateshead. Gormley uses this familiar human form to communicate with as many people as possible.

Eva Rothschild: Someone and Someone (2008)
Eva Rothschild has earned a reputation as one of the United Kingdoms’s leading sculptors.
Someone and Someone demonstrates the artist’s adept use of material and form. Although simple in design and construction, the work gives the impression of life and movement. The colourful accents catch the eye and help the viewer pick out and retain the image against the landscape.

KAWS gigantic sculptures are taking over YSP's Open Air until December 2016.

Come and discover enigmatic Swiss artist Not Vital's first exhibition in the UK in YSP Underground Gallery, Garden Gallery and Open Air until 02.01.16.

The friendly and knowledgeable team at YSP look forward to seeing you during your visit.

West Bretton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England, WF4 4LG

All year. Daily (except 24/25th December). Open 10am to 6pm (or 5pm in winter).

Admission free / Parking charges apply YSP is a charity. Your parking fee supports everything we do.

Visit the Yorkshire Sculpture Park website

Nearby gardens

Nearby hotels

Nearby nurseries

Local Hotels