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Where to see great artworks in the good British outdoors, from Henry Moore to Tracey Emin

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Revealed: Where to see great artworks in the good British outdoors, 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 – entry costs from £6  
  • Find works by Antony Gormley at Sainsbury Centre Sculpture Park near Norwich 
  • Stay in a cottage deep in the guts of Jupiter Artland park near Edinburgh

Every week, our Holiday Hero Neil Simpson takes an in-depth take a look at a superb holiday topic, doing all of the legwork so that you don’t must. This week: sculptures in the good outdoors.

Works by a number of the world’s best-known artists may be seen in sculpture parks across the UK this summer. 

While a few of these outdoor galleries are free to enter, most allow dogs and picnics, and others even have places to remain close by of the exhibits.

Above is a sculpture by Henry Moore at Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Wakefield 

Numbers game: Five-hundred-acre Yorkshire Sculpture Park has works by Robert Indiana (pictured), along with four huge pieces by Damien Hirst

Numbers game: Five-hundred-acre Yorkshire Sculpture Park has works by Robert Indiana (pictured), together with 4 huge pieces by Damien Hirst

Marc Quinn’s colourful Love Bomb orchid (pictured) is on display at Jupiter Artland park near Edinburgh

Marc Quinn’s vibrant Love Bomb orchid (pictured) is on display at Jupiter Artland park near Edinburgh 

On the Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Wakefield, you’ll find works by Henry Moore, Robert Indiana, Ai Weiwei and Sophie Ryder scattered across the 500-acre site, together with 4 huge pieces by Damien Hirst.

Entry costs from £6, while under-18s are free (ysp.org.uk).

Barbara Hepworth has works on display nearby on the free Hepworth Wakefield Garden, where a Sheila Hicks sculpture has just been unveiled (hepworthwakefield.org).

Bagden Hall Hotel is near each parks, with double rooms from £75 per night (classiclodges.co.uk).

Antony Gormley and Lynn Chadwick are amongst the large names with works within the 350-acre Sainsbury Centre Sculpture Park near Norwich. 

It is an element of the University of East Anglia campus that features a Norman Foster-designed gallery with works by Picasso, Francis Bacon and more. Entry is free to each the sculpture park and indoor gallery (sainsburycentre.ac.uk).

The university’s Broadview Lodge enables you to stay on campus in en suite, double or family rooms from £65 per night (uea.ac.uk).

Tracey Emin’s vast 19ft bronze sculpture, I Lay Here For You, and Anish Kapoor’s caged vortex, called Suck, lead the world-beating pieces within the wooded 120-acre Jupiter Artland park near Edinburgh.

Other pieces within the grounds of an old country house include Marc Quinn’s vibrant Love Bomb orchid and a spider’s web set amid the trees. Adult entry costs £10, children £6 (jupiterartland.org).

Antony Gormley and Lynn Chadwick are among the big names with works in the 350-acre Sainsbury Centre Sculpture Park near Norwich (pictured)

Antony Gormley and Lynn Chadwick are amongst the large names with works within the 350-acre Sainsbury Centre Sculpture Park near Norwich (pictured) 

Book in to The Artist’s House, a self-catering cottage deep in the guts of the park that’s full of a personal art collection. Sleeps six and costs from £1,500 for three-night breaks (jupiterartland.org).

The Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail is a 4½-mile walk through Gloucestershire’s ancient woods dotted with sculptures. Favourites include Cathedral, a 15ft stained-glass window suspended within the trees, and House, a steel structure set on long legs slightly below the cover level (forestofdean-sculpture.org.uk).

Dome Garden has rooms in modern log cabins from £75 an evening (domegarden.co.uk).

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