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A hugely popular tourist attraction for all ages and a “must see” for tourists wishing to see what West Yorkshire has to offer.

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park was the winner of the 2014 Museum Of The Year award which was a huge accomplishment and much deserved.

The park opened to the public in 1977 and began with 31 sculptures – but now contributes more than £5 million to the local economy and now has 5 indoor galleries inside the 18th century Bretton Estate. The park has over 60 outdoor sculptures from world renowned artists such as: Elisabeth Frisk, Andy Goldsworthy, Henry Moore and James Tyrell. The park also has a vast array of temporary exhibitions that regularly change.

16 miles away from the hotel and an 18 minute drive according to the AA Route Planner. Visit: www.ysp.co.uk for full details regarding the park. We recommend you see the website for all of the latest information regarding the park.

It attracts over 400,000 visitors a year and according to Bill Packer, who writes for the Times newspaper, it is “probably the finest exhibition site for sculpture in the world”.

The park opens daily at 10am and the gates lock at 6pm. Entrance is free to the park, but the car park is chargeable. Details of car park pricing is on their website – but it is a very reasonable price throughout the year and well worth the money.

Set in 500 acres of land, so therefore a great mix of both exercise and culture in the one day!

Once you have earned a rest, there are several refreshment outlets that serve fantastic food and drink. All ages and tastes are catered for, but they also cater for all dietary needs as well. Having eaten there many times before, I can assure you of the high standards of catering on the grounds.

If you prefer to bring a picnic with you, that is no problem at all, but you are required to eat in the designated picnic areas instead of by any of the sculptures.

Their website needs to be looked at because it contains all information with regards to “what’s on” at the specific time you are visiting the area. The park is an ever changing attraction which is why so many people return so many times.

They recommend you wear sensible walking shoes and to be aware of certain difficulties getting to some of the areas if you have walking difficulties. 500 acres is a huge area to navigate around and not all of it is accessible to everyone.

You can listen to audio description at the park and it will give you a great insight into the areas you look at.

If you are visiting the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, you may also be very interested in visiting the Henry Moore Institute, the Hepworth in Wakefield and the Leeds Art Gallery. All 4 attractions are genuinely world class.

I have never heard anyone who’s been to the park who said they wouldn’t go back and I think this is a testimony to the hard work this charity organisation puts in to this fantastic tourist attraction.

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