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. We are looking at options and how to restore these and hope they will reopen as soon as possible.

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.

The Castle’s visitor centre is now closed, but we are exploring other ideas for new uses for the centre.

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 our Facebook page, The Friends of Sandal Castle 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 Services


There is free limited parking on site. The car park is open 9.30am - 8.30pm in summer and 3.30pm in winter. Please check signs outside 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).

Sandal Castle history and map

Opening Hours

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

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

Contact us

Sandal Castle

Manygates Lane

01977 722741