Revealed: Where great works of art can be seen in great British nature, from Henry Moore sculptures in Yorkshire to a 19ft bronze piece by Tracey Emin near Edinburgh
- Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Wakefield is a 500 acre site – entrance fees from £6
- Find works by Antony Gormley at Sainsbury Center Sculpture Park near Norwich
- Stay in a cottage deep in the heart of Jupiter Artland park near Edinburgh
Each week, our holiday hero Neil Simpson takes an in-depth look at a brilliant holiday topic, doing all the work so you don’t have to. This week: outdoor sculptures.
Works by some of the world’s best-known artists are on display at sculpture parks across the UK this summer.
While some of these outdoor galleries are free to enter, most allow dogs and picnics, and others even have lodging within sight of the exhibits.
Above is a sculpture by Henry Moore in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Wakefield
Numbers game: Five hundred acres of Yorkshire Sculpture Park has works by Robert Indiana (pictured), along with four huge pieces by Damien Hirst
Marc Quinn’s colorful Love Bomb orchid (pictured) can be seen in Jupiter Artland park near Edinburgh
At the Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Wakefield, you’ll find works by Henry Moore, Robert Indiana, Ai Weiwei and Sophie Ryder spread across the 500-acre site, along with four massive works by Damien Hirst.
Entry from £6, and under 18s are free (ysp.org.uk).
Barbara Hepworth has works on display nearby in the free Hepworth Wakefield Garden, where a Sheila Hicks sculpture has just been unveiled (hepworthwakefield.org).
Bagden Hall Hotel is near both parks, with double rooms from £75 per night (classiclodges.co.uk).
Antony Gormley and Lynn Chadwick are some of the big names working in the 350-acre Sainsbury Center Sculpture Park near Norwich.
It is part of the University of East Anglia campus that houses a Norman Foster-designed gallery featuring works by Picasso, Francis Bacon and more. Admission is free to both the sculpture park and the covered gallery (sainsburycentre.ac.uk).
At the university’s Broadview Lodge, you can stay on campus from £65 per night (uea.ac.uk) in an en-suite, double or family room.
Tracey Emin’s huge 30-foot bronze sculpture, I Lay Here For You, and Anish Kapoor’s caged vortex, called Suck, lead the world-famous pieces in the 120-acre wooded Jupiter Artland park near Edinburgh.
Other pieces set in the grounds of an old mansion include Marc Quinn’s colorful Love Bomb orchid and a spider’s web among the trees. Adult admission is £10, children £6 (jupiterartland.org).
Antony Gormley and Lynn Chadwick are among the big names working in the 350-acre Sainsbury Center Sculpture Park near Norwich (pictured)
Book a stay at The Artist’s House, a self-catering cottage deep in the heart of the park filled with a private art collection. Sleeps six and costs from £1,500 for a three night break (jupiterartland.org).
The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail is a 6.5 mile walk through Gloucestershire’s ancient woodlands dotted with sculptures. Favorites include Cathedral, a 15-foot stained glass window that hangs in the trees, and House, a long-legged steel structure just below the canopy (forestofdean-sculpture.org.uk).
Dome Garden has rooms in modern log cabins from £75 per night (domegarden.co.uk).