This major outdoor attraction in Yorkshire has announced its reopening date with big changes for visitors

Yorkshire Sculpture Park has announced its reopening date after more than four months of closure – but some important changes have been made.

By Richard Blackledge
Friday, 17th July 2020, 10:18 am
Updated Friday, 17th July 2020, 10:19 am

The open-air gallery, near the M1 at West Bretton half an hour away from Sheffield, will welcome visitors again from July 29.

But new rules and regulations will be in place for visitors – including the need to pay for admission per person, rather than just paying for parking.

YSP, the biggest site of its kind in Europe, said on its website: "We are very excited to welcome you back to YSP from Wednesday, July 29. The parkland and formal gardens will be open to enjoy modern and contemporary sculpture set within beautiful 18th century landscape.

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Activities at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Picture: Allan McKenzie.

"The team has been working hard to ensure your visit will be as safe as possible, so you'll notice some changes before and during your visit. All visitors will need to pre-book a timed entry ticket in advance, so that we can manage numbers.

"Please bring and keep your ticket with you during your visit. Onsite you will notice new signage, one-way walking routes and social distancing measures. Face coverings must be worn in all YSP buildings.”

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Tickets need to be booked even by those arriving on foot or by bike. These cost £6 per person and are available here – under-16s go free.

Charity, by Damien Hirst, at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Visitors should have their ticket printed or on their phones.

Toilets in the visitor centre, learning building, and bothy garden will be open with enhanced cleaning in place, but only one person or family group will be allowed to enter at any time. Extra temporary toilets will be in place in car park 4.

The YSP shop at the visitor centre will be open, with a maximum of eight visitors allowed inside at any time. The underground gallery is returning, while the café at YSP Learning will also open with a reduced offering of food and drinks to take away. Only the main YSP centre car park will be in use.

No cash payments will be accepted. Opening hours are 10am to 6pm.

Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos' Pop Galo - Pop Rooster - at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Picture: Tony Johnson.

Visitors can see an exhibition by Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos that includes a nine-metre-high sculpture of a rooster.

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