The Castle in Sandal


Important Information

The bridge to the Bailey and the steps up the Keep are currently closed to the public due to safety concerns. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by some parts of the Castle being closed, but we need to ensure that the site is safe. A major programme of repairs and conservation will be carried out in 2018 which will see these areas re-opening.

Visitors to the Castle are 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.

Manygates Lane, Sandal, Wakefield WF2 7DS

The romantic ruins of this medieval castle stand in a commanding position overlooking the Yorkshire countryside. The castle is famous for the Battle of Wakefield fought nearby in 1460.

The Friends of Sandal Castle arrange a number of events and activities throughout the year, with further details available on The Friends of Sandal Castle Facebook Page and Experience Wakefield.


Facility Services


There is free limited parking on site. The car park is currently open from 9am and closes around 4.30pm (subject to change throughout the year). Please note that cars may be locked in the car park after this time.

The castle is in a residential area so please do not park outside the castle gates or blocking driveways.

Coaches are requested to drop off and park nearby.

Castle Cafe

The former visitor centre has been converted into the Castle Cafe, which has proved very popular with visitors due to its fantastic view of the castle. The cafe opens daily from 9am to 4pm and cooks food fresh on site. Daily specials, Sunday lunches as well as ice cream and hot and cold refreshments are available. More information is available on the cafe’s Facebook page.

The view from Sandal Castle cafe 

Sandal Castle grounds

Sandal Castle grounds are open to the public all year round.

Getting there

Bus routes: from Wakefield bus station 59, 96, 97, 110, 195 (the castle is from a 10 minute walk from the bus stop).
By train there is an hourly service from Wakefield Westgate station to Sandal and Agbrigg Station (the castle is a 20 minute walk from the station).

Contact us

Sandal Castle
01977 722741