Yorkshire Sculpture Park wins Large Attraction of the Year at 2016 White Rose Awards

Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) was announced Large Attraction of the Year in last night’s White Rose Awards, the biggest tourism awards in the UK.

Fighting off strong competition, YSP – one of the world’s leading open air galleries, set in the grounds of the stunning 18th century Bretton Estate – received the prestigious award for a record-breaking year in 2015/16, attracting over 700,000 visitors, the highest number in its 39-year history. 

2015/16, the Park’s most successful year, saw YSP become the first venue outside London to host the iconic Tower of London Poppies: Wave display; the first UK exhibition of works by renowned American artist KAWS, presented in Longside Gallery and the open air; and the reopening of the Bothy Gallery, built around 1810 and once the home of the Head Gardener, after major refurbishment.

YSP’s Founding and Executive Director, Peter Murray CBE, said:

“We are delighted to be named Large Attraction of the Year. After nearly 40 years of hard work by hundreds of passionate staff, volunteers, artists and supporters, it’s wonderful to be recognised in this way.

“Great art for everyone has been our goal since opening to the public in 1977, enabling access, understanding and enjoyment of art and landscape, whilst dismantling many of the barriers that often exist between the public and contemporary art. This vision remains as strong as ever.”

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said:

 “Yorkshire is very much on the must visit list for many people, and much of this is down to the wonderful people and businesses that help to make this county a world class visitor destination.

“The White Rose Awards are a fantastic opportunity to celebrate their hard work and efforts in going the extra mile to help raise the bar nationally.”


Winners were announced at the ceremony last night at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate. The awards are organised by tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire, and celebrate the best attractions, hospitality and events that the region has to offer.

The other finalists in the Large Attraction of the Year category were: Brontë Parsonage Museum; Cannon Hall Farm; RSPB Bempton Cliffs; The Forbidden Corner; The Wensleydale Creamery; Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre; and Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park is open seven days a week from 10.00–18.00, except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. To find out more visit ysp.co.uk