Days out in Yorkshire: The Hepworth, Wakefield

WORLD'S BEST: A visitor looks at a piece of work at at The Hepworth gallery in Wakefield.
WORLD'S BEST: A visitor looks at a piece of work at at The Hepworth gallery in Wakefield.
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Part of the famed Yorkshire sculpture triangle, the Hepworth gallery in Wakefield celebrated its millionth visitor in December and has even been mentioned in the New York Times.

According to The Lonely Planet, The Hepworth is one of the reasons to visit Yorkshire.

In its new Best in Travel 2014 publication, Lonely Planet says: “If the good people of Yorkshire were proud of their heritage before, the 2012 London Olympics only served to cement what they have always thought: that their county is better than – and really the best of – all the English counties.”

It ranked Yorkshire as the third best region in the world to visit, partly because of The Hepworth, which only opened in May 2011.

With over 1,600 square metres of gallery space, The Hepworth is the largest purpose-built exhibition space outside London.

The gallery brings together work from Wakefield’s art collection, exhibitions by contemporary artists and rarely seen works by Barbara Hepworth.

With a café, shop, learning studios, unique conference venue, and exciting events programme, the gallery is a place to explore art, architecture and your imagination.

There’s plenty for adults and children to do here. The attraction has sculptures by Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.

The Times included The Hepworth Wakefield in their “Top 50 greatest galleries in the world” list Travel Guide company, The Lonely Planet, described The Hepworth Wakefield as “a new state-of-the-art gallery giving London a run for its money.”

The gallery will be participating creatively in Le Grand Depart and World War I centenary commemorations.


ADDRESS: The Hepworth Wakefield, Gallery Walk, Wakefield

Opening times: 10am–5pm Tuesday–Sunday, closed Monday except school holidays and bank holiday Mondays; also open 10am–9pm third Thursday of the month

Admission: free

Sat-nav: WF1 5AW

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