It's funny how throughout life there are many things that go unnoticed and that we spend so much of our time searching for something new and exiting that we really never notice what is right in front of us.This is particularly true for travel. We spend our time dreaming of places to visit that are as faraway from home as possible that many of us neglect or fail to see what is just around the corner. In some of the biggest towns and cities there are many places left unexplored because people just don't notice that they are there and don't put in the effort to try find them.
The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a ten minute car journey away from my house, but it wasn't until last week that I finally took the time to visit. We spent four hours strolling amongst the fields, walking by the lake and watching all the wildlife and when I finally got back in the car, I wondered why I hadn't visited before. It was the best Sunday my husband and I had in a long time.
The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is one of the UK's leading open air art galleries and consists of 31 sculptures spread over 500 acres of rural land which overlooks a large, picturesque lake. On top of that there's a cafe, a restaurant, gift shop and indoor art gallery as well as outdoor picnic tables for you to utilise when the weather is sunny. Whether you're looking to visit for a few hours or a full day, there's plenty for you to see and do and there's no chance of getting bored.
My husband and I were blown away by the beauty of this park and spent several hours walking around the lake and also making friends with the local wildlife - the sheep are very friendly. Each sculpture has a interesting story and even if you're not that into art, you'll definitely find at least one sculpture that will impress you. The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is free to enter, but parking is £8 - for the time you can spend there and the amount of things you can do, I think the high parking fee is justified and I would happily spend that much again. All money from the parking goes into the upkeep of the Yorkshire Sculpture, which is kept at such a high standard, making it a real hidden gem of Yorkshire.
Have you been to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park before?