‘Oh, the grand old Duke of York he had ten thousand men, he marched them up to the top of the hill and he marched them down again…’ You may recognise this popular nursery rhyme but did you know it was rumoured to be Sandal Castle that the Duke of York marched up?
Sandal Castle stands in a commanding position overlooking the River Calder to the south of Wakefield city centre. The castle is best known for the role it played in the Battle of Wakefield in 1460 during the Wars of the Roses where Richard, Duke of York was killed.
Remains of the 13th century stone castle and the fine motte and bailey can still be seen today. Climb the steps to the top of the motte and marvel at the stunning panoramic views of the Calder Valley.
Have a relaxing stroll around the castle grounds and learn about the rich heritage of the site. Extend your walk and see the castle from a different angle as you follow the trail that leads to Pugneys Country Park. Pause for a drink and a bite to eat at the café before making your way back up the hill to the castle.
The former visitor centre has been converted into the Castle Café, which has fantastic view of the castle.
The café is open daily from 9am to 4pm and cooks food fresh on site.
Sandal Castle grounds are open to the public all year round.