York’s dramatic past – from Roman settlements to Viking invasions – has created one of Britain’s most beautiful historic cities, home to the world-famous York Minster and the most complete medieval walls in the country.
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Wakefield, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom (UK)|www.hepworthwakefield.org|
One of the most exciting gallery spaces to open in the UK in recent years, Hepworth Wakefield is a real gem. The spectacular building, designed by award-winning architect David Chipperfield, houses six galleries filled with sculptures by Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, and paintings by Paul Nash and Ben Nicholson, among others.
Many of the works are seminal pieces; together they create an impressive overview of 20th-century British art.
While you’re there
To see more outstanding British art, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park in nearby West Bretton hosts temporary sculpture exhibitions in 500 acres of 18th-century parkland.
Getting there & doing it
Wakefield is around three hours’ drive from London. The gallery is around a mile’s walk from Wakefield Westgate station, which takes approximately two hours by train from London King’s Cross.
Audio guides are available on entry, or there are free half-hour introductory tours on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm. The museum’s Garden Café has locally-sourced produce and home-made cakes and pastries.
When to do it
The gallery is open all year round, Tuesday to Sunday. Closed Monday.
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