The Castle in Sandal



Important Information


Opening Hours


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

Visitor Centre opening:

1 June to 31 August
​Saturday and Sunday only​12noon – 4pm
​Other days
Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September (Heritage Open Weekend)​11am – 3pm


Access information

Castle events


Location

Sandal Castle
Manygates Lane
Sandal
Wakefield
WF2 7DS
01924 249779

Services

Parking 

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.


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).

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Sandal Castle

Manygates Lane
Sandal
Wakefield
WF2 7DS

01924 249779