Sandal Castle

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Sandal Castle

Ruins of Sandal Castle in the early morning sun

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01977 722741

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Visit Sandal Castle

Family walking along the paths at Sandal Castle

Opening hours

Sandal Castle is open every day and entrance is free


  • Café
  • Free parking


Manygates Lane, Wakefield WF2 7DS  Get directions with Google Maps.

Getting there:

Public Transport:

Sandal Castle is a 10 minute walk from the nearest bus stop and a 20 minute walk from Sandal and Agbrigg Railway Station.  For details about local buses and trains please see Metro

By Car and Coach:

Easily accessible from the M1 via Junction 39 and along the A636 and A6186. Use WF7 2DS in your sat nav. Get directions with Google Maps


Sandal Castle has a small car park with limited spaces. Parking is free.

Please do not park along the road to Sandal Castle as this prevents access for emergency vehicles.

The car park is open 

9am - 5.30pm (October – March)

9am – 7.45pm (April to September)

Please note that cars will be locked in at closing time and a fee may be payable for release 



Moving around Sandal Castle

  • There are stone paths from the car park around the perimeter of Sandal Castle
  • There is a wooden bridge across the inner and outer moat
  • The main area of Sandal Castle is grassed
  • There are wooden steps up to the top of the keep platform

Toilets and baby changing

  • Toilets are available to customers of the Castle Café, when open. Please note that this café is independently run and is not open every day. Please contact 01924 256751 for opening times
  • We do not have changing places facilities. The nearest changing place facility is in The Ridings Shopping Centre, WF2 1DS, which 1.9 miles away


Things to see and do

Young girl playing with her kite at Sandal Castle in the early morning sun

  • Explore the ruins
  • Sit and enjoy the views over Wakefield and Pugneys Lake
  • Spend time with friends and family
  • Learn something new by reading our Sandal Castle history boards
  • Visit the Castle Café or sit and have a picnic (no BBQ's allowed)
  • Imagine what Sandal Castle used to look like!
  • Fly a kite!
  • Pretend you are the King or Queen of Sandal Castle!
  • Take part in 50 things to do before you are 5


What's On

We have a regular programme of exhibitions, as well as online, drop in and bookable activities across all our museum and castle sites throughout the year. Please see ourDiscover the Extraordinary blog for all the latest news



We can help you bring excitement to learning!

For more information about our learning programmes, flexible workshop sessions, loans boxes and free downloadable teaching resources please see our Museums Blog Pages or select the link below

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Objects from the Wakefield Museums and Castles' collection

Since 1923, Wakefield Museums and Castles has collected over 110,000 fascinating objects that help to tell the story of the Wakefield District from the distant past to the present day.

Visit our Discover the Extraordinary blog to see more from our collections and explore resources created for you to enjoy at home or at school.

To donate an item to our collection or explore some of our online collections please click below


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The Friends of Sandal Castle

The Friends of Sandal Castle was set up in 2010 to support Wakefield Council in promoting the castle as an important historic site. Their main aim is to increase awareness of the castle's heritage by encouraging activities and events that benefit and preserve the site and highlight it's importance in English history. For more information on the Friends or if you wish to join the group please e-mail:


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