The Castle in Sandal

Important Information

We are sorry to say the bridge to the keep steps is closed for health and safety reasons.

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.

This motte and bailey castle has been fully excavated and many of the finds can be found in the visitor centre, along with displays on the history of the castle.

Visitors can walk around the site, enjoy steps into the moats and up to the top of the motte where they are treated to superb views of the Calder Valley. Admission is free. Picnickers and dog walkers are welcome.

The visitor centre includes a shop which stocks a range of books and gifts, as well as hot and cold drinks.

Events and activities take place each year, with further details available on our Facebook page and Experience Wakefield.

See the Sandal Castle page on Facebook.


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).

Facility Ser​​​​vices


There is free limited parking on site. The car park is open 9.30am – 7.30pm in summer and 3.30pm in winter. Please check signs on the car park gates for further details.

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 at nearby Pugney's Country Park. (To contact Pugney's Country Park please phone 01924 302360).

Tours of the remains

Tours are run by castle staff and are an introduction to the ruins and the rich history of the castle. 

Tours are available Saturday and Sunday between 1 June and 31 August, at 2pm. The tour costs £2.25 for adults and £1.12 for children.

Group tours can be arranged in advance for £21 per tour (maximum 20 people).

Please note that the tour involves steep steps. Sensible footwear is advisable. During busy periods tours can become full so please check before travelling.

Activity fun

Have fun learning at Sandal Castle! Download a family activity booklet before you visit to find out even more about the Castle's history. 

Baby changing facilities and toilets are available during visitor centre opening times.

​Opening Hours​​

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

Sandal Castle visitor centre has now closed for the winter. However the site remains fully open to visitors as usual and we hope you will continue to support it.

The visitor centre is available to schools and groups if they wish to book in advance. For details phone 01924 722741.

The Friends of Sandal Castle are hoping to host occasional events during the winter - watch out here for further details.


Access information

Castle events

Contact us

Sandal Castle

Manygates Lane

01924 249779