Sandal Castle

An aerial view of Sandal Castle, Wakefield
Manygates Lane, off A61  Wakefield WF2 7DS

Opening Times:

Wednesday to Sunday 11am to 3pm all year.

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Sandal Castle is best known for the famous Battle of Wakefield, which was fought nearby in 1460 during the Wars of the Roses. It was here that Richard, Duke of York died in battle.

Remains of the 13th Century stone castle and the fine motte and bailey can be seen on site. Visitors can climb to the top of the motte, where they are treated to superb views of the Calder Valley.


The castle has been extensively excavated and finds can be seen in the Visitor Centre and at nearby Wakefield Museum, located at Wakefield One, Burton Street, Wakefield.

The Visitor Centre includes displays on the castle, a shop, toilets and an educational space which schools can book.

Contact Details:
General enquiries: 01924 249779
Educational enquiries: 01924 302700 Email: uk

Learning Programmes:

Wakefield Museums provide a range of free workshops for schools held at certain times of the year. These include:

  • Creative Writing
  • Williams Castle

For more information, please contact the Museums team. The visitor centre also supports a range of self-service visits, with a handling box containing real and replica objects connected with the castle and its history.

History, literacy, archaeology

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