Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park
West Bretton
West Yorkshire

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Visitor Centre

01924 832631

Learning & Community

01924 832528



01924 832600


01924 832601

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Helen Escobedo, Summer Fields, 2008
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Yorkshire Sculpture Park is an international centre for modern and contemporary sculpture that sets out to challenge, inspire, inform and delight.

Changing exhibitions and projects are sited in 500 acres of historic gardens and parkland, five indoor galleries and an award-winning visitor centre.

This stunning setting brings together art and nature for everyone to discover and enjoy.

Venue Type:


Opening hours

Summer: 10am-6pm Centre, Shop, Restaurant + Galleries 10-5pm.

Winter: 10am-5pm Centre, Shop, Restaurant + Galleries 10-4pm.

Closed: 24+25 December

Admission charges

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

Additional info

Mobility Scooters are available on free loan. Call 01924 832631 to reserve a scooter.

YSP has eight distinct outdoor 'gallery' spaces located in the 500 acre Bretton Estate. Designed in the 18th and 19th centuries, this varied landscape is a rich environment for some of the best modern and contemporary sculpture created by international artists. YSP presents changing special exhibitions and individual works by eminent artists all year round, so there are always at least 40 sculptures on display in the landscape.

Temporary indoor exhibitions take place in the Underground Gallery, Bothy Gallery, Garden Gallery and Longside Gallery.

Collection details

Fine Art

Key artists and exhibits

  • Henry Moore
  • Barbara Hepworth
  • Anthony Caro
  • Elisabeth Frink
  • Sol LeWitt
  • Antony Gormley
  • Sophie Ryder
  • Winter and Horbelt
  • Andy Goldsworthy
  • James Turrell
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

David Nash

  • 1 January — 31 December 2014 *on now

Coinciding with Uncommon Ground: Land Art in Britain 1966 – 1979, David Nash returns to YSP in 2014 following his major 2010 exhibition at the Park.

Two contrasting works, White Planting and Black Dome, overlook the Park’s historic lakes demonstrating the artist’s eloquent understanding of trees and the different properties of wood. Echoing Nash’s famous Ash Dome, planted in 1977, White Planting comprises 49 Himalayan birch trees, which, planted in seven rows of seven, will grow to form a white cube on the lake’s embankment. Referencing the natural cycle of wood, Black Dome is made from coal and charred oak.

The work complements Nash’s site specific Seventy-one Steps, a commission on the walking route to Longside Gallery.

photograph of sculpture by ursula von rydingsvard

Ursula von Rydingsvard

  • 5 April 2014 — 4 January 2015 *on now

The first large-scale survey in Europe by highly acclaimed American artist Ursula von Rydingsvard opens at YSP on 5 April 2014. The exhibition, which is the artist’s most extensive to date, illustrates the full scope of von Rydingsvard’s diverse practice, including more than 40 works of drawing and sculpture made over the last two decades, presented in YSP’s purpose-built Underground Gallery and the open air.

film still showing wind socks

Fiona Banner

  • 20 September 2014 — 4 January 2015 *on now

YSP presents a new and major commission by 2002 Turner Prize-nominee Fiona Banner. The exhibition in YSP’s Longside Gallery, follows Banner’s 2010 Tate Britain commission Harrier and Jaguar, an installation of two fighter jets, and extends her enquiry into machines of war. With a related installation and film, the project enables a timely consideration of this important artist’s career.

painting of flowers by Emily Sutton

Emily Sutton

  • 15 November 2014 — 22 February 2015 *on now

A solo exhibition featuring new work by illustrator Emily Sutton takes over
the YSP Centre throughout winter 2014.

Since graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 2008 Sutton has completed two books for the Victoria & Albert Museum and undertaken commissions for Faber and Faber, Penguin, Random House and Betty’s of Harrogate. She won the Best British Pattern award at 2011 Elle Decoration British Design Awards.

Henry Moore, Two Piece Reclining Figure Points 1969–70. Reproduced by permission of HMF. Photo Jonty Wilde

Henry Moore: Back to a Land

  • 7 March — 6 September 2015

Born in Castleford, West Yorkshire, Henry Moore (1898–1986) is one of the most important artists of the 20th century. This major exhibition, in collaboration with The Henry Moore Foundation, takes a fresh approach to Moore’s work by considering his profound relationship with land, which was fundamental to his practice and fuelled his visual vocabulary.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Parking charges apply



Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Ursula von Rydingsvard, Bronze Bowl with Lace, 2014

Festival of the Star Celebration on the Winter Solstice

  • 21 October — 21 December 2014 *on now

In response to the traditional Polish Festival of the Star, visit the magical mobile planetarium to learn about stars, moons and galaxies.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


£3. Parking charges apply



Clara Button and the Magical Hat Day

Children's Winter Workshop: Hat Making with Emily Sutton

  • 7 February 2015 10am-1pm

Work with Emily Sutton to create your own party hat inspired by Clara Button and the Magical Hat Day and using card and craft.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly





Latte Art

Latte Art Workshop

  • 18 December 2014 — 18 January 2015 *on now

Join YSP and Coopers Coffee to learn more about where your coffee comes from and try your hand at some latte art.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 16-17





Brass Christmas

Brass Christmas

  • 19 December 2014 7-10pm *on now

Enjoy an evening viewing of the Underground Gallery exhibition by Ursula von Rydingsvard accompanied by Emley Moore Brass Quartet, followed by a three-course meal in YSP Restaurant and a Christmas carol sing-a-long with the Emley Moor Brass Band.

Suitable for

  • 18+


£38. Includes parking and 3 course meal



Camellia House at YSP

Twilight Heritage Walk: Winter Pleasure Grounds

  • 20 December 2014 2:30-4:30pm

Experience the Park's historic lakes and woodland as the winter sun sets and discover interesting follies and features by candlelight. Includes warm winter drink.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+


£3. Parking charges apply



Walk off Christmas

Walk off Christmas

  • 4 January 2015 10:30am-12:30pm

Blow away the festive cobwebs with a guided five-mile walk through YSP's historic landscape.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+


£5. Parking charges apply



Big Garden Bird Watch

Big Garden Bird Watch with YSP Wild and RSPB

  • 17 — 18 January 2015 10am-4pm
  • 24 — 25 January 2015 10am-4pm

Take part in this exciting national event and help us count birds from YSP Centre. Pick up a leaflet to continue your count at home.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Parking charges apply



Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Artist-led group activities

Over many years YSP has organised and developed a range of artist-led activities aimed at providing an enhanced focus and stimulus for visiting pupils and students. Activities are available for groups of all ages and abilities and include; workshop/study days, guided tours, slide talks and lectures, and Inset/professional training days. All activities can provide a general introduction to sculpture or can be tailored to meet individual group interests.

How to obtain

All visits must be booked with YSP Education. For visits for artist-led activities please book well in advance to avoid disappointment. For further information on activities, costs, and availability please contact Education on 01924 830642.

Education Resource Packs

In addition to free information, YSP Education offers Resource packs to assist teachers and groups leaders in planning visits to YSP or for work in school. The Education Resource Pack (£10+VAT) includes supporting material exploring the outdoor collection, Access Sculpture Trail and other areas. The Curriculum Resource Pack (£5+VAT) provides support for QCA guidelines which can be used for long-distance learning and work in schools as well as for visits to YSP.

How to obtain

For free information or to order Education resource pack please contact Education on 01924 830642

Heritage Tours

Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s new team of Heritage Volunteers will be leading free, guided heritage tours around the YSP landscape at weekends from February. Tours will take visitors from the YSP Visitor Centre, into the fascinating, historical landscape, and will explore the stories that have defined the area over the last one thousand years.


  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park

How to obtain

Tours are free and start at 2:00pm on the Visitor Centre concourse