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Bretton Estate includes the adjoining Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Bretton Hall and Bretton Lakes Nature Reserve.
The stunning landscape, which is home to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP), was designed over 200 years ago as a private pleasure ground. Much thought was given to the planting of thousands of imported exotic trees, to the modeling of hills and valleys and the use of water and architectural features. Split up in the late 1940s, the estate has in recent years, been brought together by YSP, providing open access.
The Grade II listed Bretton Hall is a stately home within the park. The Hall was designed and built around 1720 by its owner, Sir William Wentworth. In 1949 the Hall became the site of Bretton Hall College, a teacher training college and later, an affiliated college of the University of Leeds. After a decision by Leeds University to close the Bretton Campus, Wakefield Council purchased the hall in 2007 with the hope that the building would be developed in the future to attract more visitors. In November 2007 it was announced that a Hotel and Spa development proposal, along with a proposed Centre for Creativity and Imagination, would undergo a consultation period in association with Rushbond Developers and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
The Hall and surrounding buildings, with the exception of the 200 year old Camellia plant House, are not open to the public. Visitors can explore the County Park and formal gardens which are home to some of the Yorkshire Sculpture Parks finest works.
Winter: Galleries + indoor facilities 10am-4pm / Open air 10am-5pm
YSP is closed 24th - 25th December inclusive.
Car park locked 30 minutes after closing.
Car Park Charges:
Up to 1 hour £2.50
1-2 hours £5.00
All day (3 hours+) £8.00
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From Wakefield City Centre: Take the A637 from Wakefield. Proceed through West Bretton village. At the next roundabout turn right and follow the road through to the YSP car park.
From Motorway North/South: Exit the M1 at Junc 38. Take the A637 and follow the YSP brown heritage signs for 1 mile. At the next roundabout turn left and follow the road through to the YSP car park.
From Motorway East/West: Leave the M62 at Junc 29 and take the M1 South towards Wakefield. Exit the M1 at Junc 38 and take the A637. Follow the YSP brown heritage signs for 1 mile. At the next roundabout turn left and follow the road through to the YSP car park.
By Public Transport:
Nearest Railway Station: Wakefield Westgate Railway Station (5 miles)
Nearest Bus Station: Wakefield Bus Station (5 miles)
Bus Route: Tate Travel Service No. 96 goes into the grounds of the YSP.
Car Park Charges:
All day: £8.00 / 1–2 hours: £5.00 / Up to 1 hour: £2.50
Motorcycles are free – please donate.
Coaches – please report to the Information Desk on arrival.
Parking charges apply to all visitors including blue-badge holders.
- Baby changing facilities
- Coach parties accepted
- Credit cards accepted (no fee)
- Disabled access
- Disabled toilets
- Education/study area
- Facilities for groups
- Facilities for educational visits
- Gift shop
- On-site catering
- On-site light refreshments
- Picnic site
- Regional Tourist Board Member
- Wheelchairs available
- Accepts groups
- Facilities for conferencing
- Facilities for corporate hospitality
- Dogs accepted
- Facilities for hearing impaired
- Facilities for visually impaired