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The Hepworth Wakefield Garden

Astonishing new sculpture garden in the heart of Wakefield.

  • 4.5

  • from 2112 Google reviews

The Hepworth Wakefield Garden
The Hepworth Wakefield Garden

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About the garden

Created in 2019, the Hepworth Wakefield Garden might be a youngster compared with the UK’s rich garden heritage, but it’s fast becoming one of the top gardens to visit in Wakefield.

Designed by landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith alongside Katy Merrington, who was appointed as cultural gardener, the pair have transformed a disused wasteland into a flourishing destination. Their handiwork is a real treat for locals looking for a green patch of calm in this post industrial part of town, but it’s also a welcome addition for culture vultures who want to get their art and plant fix in one.

After soaking up the life and work of artist and sculptor Barbara Hepworth, visitors can wander among an extensive range of herbaceous perennials, hedging and trees - interspersed with a roster of sculptures by internationally acclaimed artists.

Keen eyes will notice the angular beds echo the bold shapes of the David Chipperfield-designed gallery, and the sculptures too have been chosen to reflect the contemporary art you’ll find inside the gallery. As well as planting for biodiversity, Tom Stuart-Smith has designed the garden to be as accessible as possible. The Hepworth has step-free pathways and plenty of carefully placed seating - perfect for taking in all this lovingly crafted public garden has to offer.

Opening times

Monday: 10am - 5pm Tuesday: 10am - 5pm Wednesday: 10am - 5pm Thursday: 10am - 5pm Friday: 10am - 5pm Saturday: 10am - 5pm Sunday: 10am - 5pm

Useful details

Garden area

10 Acres

Dog walking

Yes - Dogs on leads.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a .cafe/restaurant.


Yes - Children of all ages.

Bicycle storage

Yes - Bike racks are located in the car park on Thornes Lane.

Wheelchair access

Very accessible (all paths flat and paved).


Yes - There is a gift shop.

Wheelchair hire

Wheelchairs are available for hire. Two manual wheelchairs available. Book in advance on 01924 247360.

West Yorkshire,, WF1 5AW

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Public Transport
The nearest train station, Wakefield Kirkgate is a 10 min walk.
There is a free city bus from Wakefield Westgate station which comes to the garden.
There are plenty of main bus routes that stop along Thornes Lane, Ings Road and the Doncaster Road.
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Google reviews

  • 4.5

  • from 2112 Google reviews

Dan Collins

in the last week


Really lovely day, brilliantly curated exhibition. Everything was displayed beautifully. Lovely gift shop. Only complaint was that the cafe had some very strange options and a very small menu, wouldn't really cater for the normal person.

Lucy Churchill

3 weeks ago


A wonderful outing for sculpture fans (of course), and even those who aren't. The building itself is exciting and well appointed,and parking is easy. A perfect day out.

Tim Reed

in the last week


Absolutely loved this gallery, had never heard of Barbara Hepworth until my sister-in-law mentioned her. Beautiful sculptures & artwork. Had lunch at the cafe which delicious. Well worth the visit!

Nick Hedges

a month ago


Rather brutal external architecture contrasts with the pretty setting by the river. Once inside, all the staff were very friendly and helpful, and the windows offered interesting views out and brought the winter sunshine flooding in. As someone who knew very little about her, I found the exhibition on how Barbara Hepworth's work developed over her life fascinating. And the soup and cake in the cafe were delicious! A great day out.

Lisa Chakrabarti

3 months ago


What a great industrial setting and beautiful building. We arrived with only enough time to sweep through. Just beautiful! If only we could touch all the smooth sculptures! Lovely people let us in to see, even though we were pushing it time wise.

Contact the garden

+44 (0)1924 247360

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