Castle, free entry
*Please note the main bridge at Sandal Castle is temporarily closed due to structural issues. Due to this closure there is no access to the main part of the ruins. Wakefield Council apologise for any inconvenience to visitors.*
‘Oh, the grand old Duke of York he had ten thousand men, he marched them up to the top of the hill and he marched them down again…’ You may recognise this popular nursery rhyme but did you know it was rumoured to be Sandal Castle that the Duke of York marched up?
Sandal Castle stands in a commanding position overlooking the River Calder, to the south of Wakefield city centre. The castle is best known for the role it played in the Battle of Wakefield in 1460 during the Wars of the Roses where Richard, Duke of York was killed.
Remains of the 13th century stone castle and the fine motte and bailey can still be seen today. Climb the steps to the top of the motte and marvel at the stunning panoramic views of the Calder Valley.
Have a relaxing stroll around the castle grounds and learn about the rich heritage of the site. Extend your walk and see the castle from a different angle as you follow the trail that leads to Pugneys Country Park. Pause for a drink and a bite to eat at the café before making your way back up the hill to the castle.
Free limited parking is available on site.
Open all the time
Sandal Castle grounds are open to the public all year round.
SE 338182 53.65919 -1.49000
Two miles from Wakefield city centre, on Manygates Lane, off Barnsley Road (A61)
By Public Transport:
Nearest bus station: Wakefield Bus Station
Limited car-parking is available. Overflow parking is available at Manygates Centre for selected evening events only.
Coaches are asked to drop off and park at Pugney's Country Park. (Tel: 01924 302 360 for details).
- Baby changing facilities
- Coach parties accepted
- Credit cards accepted (no fee)
- Disabled access
- Disabled toilets
- Education/study area
- Facilities for groups
- Facilities for educational visits
- Gift shop
- On-site light refreshments
- Picnic site
- Public toilets
- Regional Tourist Board Member
- Accepts groups
- Children welcome
- Dogs accepted
- Facilities for hearing impaired
- Facilities for visually impaired