Increased Figures As Visitors Come for Moore

23 April 2015

Winner of the 2014 Art Fund Prize for Museum of the year, Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) welcomed more than 400,000 visitors last year, a record number since it opened 37 years ago.

Over 500 acres of historic parkland and five indoor galleries makes the YSP one of Wakefield’s top attractions.

Following a £500,000 refurbishment the historic chapel reopened as a new gallery with an exhibition by world-renowned artist Ai Weiwei.

More than £10m comes into the local economy as a result of the YSP which also has extensive charitable undertakings.

Gary Verity, chief executive at Welcome to Yorkshire, said:

"The team at YSP have worked tirelessly for years to create a visitor attraction that not only wows people, but regularly changes – which in turn encourages people to visit again.

 "The number of visitors they're now seeing combined with the world-class talent which exhibit there shows that they're a major player on the world stage. It's also a reflection of the strong position Yorkshire tourism now sees itself in – a global destination."