Sandal Castle | Day Out With The Kids

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Sandal Castle

2 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)
  • Wakefield
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Ages 0-12
  • Tourist Attractions

Attraction Information

Sandal Castle stands in a commanding position overlooking the River Calder and Yorkshire countryside.

The motte and bailey castle has been extensively excavated, and finds can be seen in the Visitor Centre, which also contains displays about the history of the castle. You can also find out more at the nearby Wakefield Museum, which is located on Wood Street.

Remains of the 13th century stone castle and the fine motte and bailey can be seen on site. Visitors can walk around the site for free, exploring these romantic ruins that include steps into the moat, and you can also climb to the top of the motte, where you will be rewarded with superb views of the Calder Valley.

If you would like to know more, castle staff run a tour at 14:00 every day they are open, which gives a great introduction to the ruins, and the rich history of the castle. It is a good idea to wear sensible footwear. Please also be aware that the tour involves steep steps. The tours can become full during busy periods, so please check before you travel there.

A family trail can be downloaded in advance to take with you, plus there are a number of events and activities to enjoy throughout the year.

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Opening hours

Monday to Sunday 09:00 - 16:00


Please see website for details

Travel & Contact Information


Manygates Lane, Sandal, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF2 7DG, England

Phone number

01924 249779



Click here to visit Sandal Castle's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

No, there are no toilets available.

No, there are no baby changing facilities.

Sandal Castle has not told us if you can bring a picnic.

Yes, snacks are available.

Sandal Castle has not told us if they are fully wheelchair friendly.

The bridge to the Bailey and the steps up the Keep are currently closed to the public due to safety concerns. Repairs are underway and should be complete in March 2019


Sandal Castle has not told us if they are fully pushchair friendly.

Sandal Castle has not told us if they are dog friendly.

Additional Info

Anything else I should know?

There is an onsite shop


Everything closed off 2 out of 5 stars

The bridges/steps were closed off and signs stating you couldnt climb the hill to get to the castle. Its a small place and a pleasent short walk arouud the ruins. With a stunning view and beautiful flowers.

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