Castle:Sandal Castle

Castle, free entry

Sandal Castle

Sandal Castle

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Manygates Lane,


* Sandal Castle grounds and car park are open to the public during the hours as currently advertised.

Please continue to observe social distancing. To enable access to the site for people with mobility issues and families with pushchairs the kissing gate at the main entrance has been temporarily removed.

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‘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 Castle Café before making your way back up the hill to the castle.

Free limited parking is available on site.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groups

Children welcomeMobility Accessibility FacilitiesDogs acceptedHearing Accessibility FacilitiesVisual Accessibility Facilities

Opening Details

Open all the time

Sandal Castle grounds are open to the public all year round.


Free entry


See location of Sandal Castle on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SE 338182  Lat: 53.65919 Long: -1.49000

By Road:
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).

Parking: free


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Mobility Accessibility FacilitiesMobility Accessibility Facilities
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Hearing Accessibility FacilitiesHearing Accessibility Facilities
  • Visual Accessibility FacilitiesVisual Accessibility Facilities