Visit Sandal Castle this summer

Date: 11/07/2016

Ref: PR 8279

Sandal Castle is open and ready to welcome visitors this summer, despite some areas being closed to the public.

The Friends of Sandal Castle have organised a concert by the West Yorkshire Police band on Sunday 24 July, 1-3pm. Anyone can attend and the event is free. 

The bridge to the Bailey and the steps up the Keep are currently closed to the public due to safety concerns. The Council is currently looking at options to restore these back into public use.

Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport, said: "Sandal Castle is a key monument in the district and is open to visitors this summer. We hope everyone continues to support this fantastic heritage site we have on our doorstep.

"We apologise for any inconvenience caused by some parts of the Castle being closed, but we need to ensure that the site is safe. We are looking at options and how to restore these and hope they will reopen as soon as possible."

The Castle's visitor centre is now closed, but the Council is exploring alternative ideas for new uses for the centre.

Cllr Shaw added: "We want to find a new use for the centre so it stays for the benefit of the community of Sandal."

Visitors to the Castle are also asked not to seek alternative routes up the side of the Keep and other parts of the grounds. It can be dangerous due to the slippery and uneven ground and can cause damage to the monument.

The Castle is open to the public all year round and parking is free. Visitors can walk around the site and see superb views of the Calder Valley. Picnickers and dog walkers are welcome.

For more information about the Castle and events taking place visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/castles