Yorkshire Sculpture Park picture by Flickr User chris-rice

I was talking to a friend about the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) today. We agreed that it is a brilliant place to visit on a weekend and should go soon. We live close enough to drive to the Park from Manchester in around an hour as it lies close to Wakefield in West Yorkshire, and as it’s only £4 to park and free to roam about in then it isn’t a day trip that will break the bank.

The park is around 500 acres in size and holds some of the most highly regarded sculptors’ work such as Antony Gormley, Barbara Hepworth, Andy Goldsworthy and Elisabeth Fink. It also has four galleries for days when the weather is less than accommodating. Recently opened is ‘MADE’ at the Park’s shop which will be selling work from some of the UK’s top recent craft and design graduates. The main park is also hosting a special autumn exhibition of over 200 pieces of work by artist David Nash.

The UK is actually full of wonderful sculpture parks, so if you can’t get to the YSP, how about trying some of these:

Kielder Water and Forest Park, Northumberland – a 27-mile forest trail around a lake with many wonderful sculptures scattered around is great for keen walkers and art lovers alike. Free admission.

Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail, Gloucestershire – this is one of the oldest trails in Britain, it is 3.5 miles long but follows a circular pattern and can take up to three hours to complete, make sure to stick to the path however, as the surrounding forest is huge! Free admission.

Pride of the Valley Sculpture Park, Surrey – with around 180 sculptures in a fairly small area the longest walk is around two hours long. Adults £6, children £3, under-5s free.

Another Place, Crosby Beach, Merseyside– this is Antony Gormley’s work of around 100 cast-iron figures scattered around the beach and staring out towards the sea. I went to this a few weeks ago, it was brilliant but very, very cold and windy at this time of year so I’d advise wrapping up warm! Free.

So, I hope that my friend and I will visit the YSP soon and I also hope this list may have inspired some of you to consider visiting a sculpture park either near you, or as a day trip on your holiday.