Astonishing new sculpture garden in the heart of Wakefield.
About The Hepworth Wakefield Garden
Created in 2019, the Hepworth Wakefield Garden might be a youngster compared with the UK’s rich garden heritage, but it’s fast becoming one of the top gardens to visit in Wakefield.
Designed by landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith alongside Katy Merrington, who was appointed as cultural gardener, the pair have transformed a disused wasteland into a flourishing destination. Their handiwork is a real treat for locals looking for a green patch of calm in this post industrial part of town, but it’s also a welcome addition for culture vultures who want to get their art and plant fix in one.
After soaking up the life and work of artist and sculptor Barbara Hepworth, visitors can wander among an extensive range of herbaceous perennials, hedging and trees - interspersed with a roster of sculptures by internationally acclaimed artists.
Keen eyes will notice the angular beds echo the bold shapes of the David Chipperfield-designed gallery, and the sculptures too have been chosen to reflect the contemporary art you’ll find inside the gallery. As well as planting for biodiversity, Tom Stuart-Smith has designed the garden to be as accessible as possible. The Hepworth has step-free pathways and plenty of carefully placed seating - perfect for taking in all this lovingly crafted public garden has to offer.
Toilets, Toilets with Wheelchair Access, Cafe/Restaurant, Car Park, Playground, Gift Shop
Winter: Winter Garden, Snowdrops
Spring: Daffodils, Cherry Blossom, Perennial Borders
Summer: Perennial Borders
Autumn: Autumn Colour
Year-Round: Sculpture Garden
Tickets & Discounts
Day ticket prices: Free (no ticket required).
Good to Know
Dog Walking: Yes - Dogs on leads.
Family Friendly: Yes - Children of all ages.
Wheelchair & Pushchair Access: Very accessible (all paths flat and paved).
Wheelchair Hire: Yes - Two manual wheelchairs available. Book in advance on 01924 247360.
Bicycle Storage: Yes - Bike racks are located in the car park on Thornes Lane.
Public Transport: Yes - The nearest train station, Wakefield Kirkgate is a 10 min walk. There is a free city bus from Wakefield Westgate station which comes to the garden. There are plenty of main bus routes that stop along Thornes Lane, Ings Road and the Doncaster Road.
Postcode for SatNavs: The garden recommends using WF1 5AW.
Last Entry: The garden doesn't close - it is on an open site.
Size of Site: 10 Acres.
Profile Information: Last updated by The Hepworth Wakefield Garden in 2021.