Sandal Castle
Sandal Castle
Sandal Castle is a motte and baily fortification on the outskirts of Wakefield, Yorkshire. The castle was probably erected early years of the 12th century. Its moment in the spotlight of history came in 1460, during the Wars of the Roses, when the Battle of Wakefield was fought nearby. Richard, Duke of York was killed in the battle, and scenes from Shakespeare's play, 'Henry VI', were set at Sandal Castle. The castle was defended by royal troops in the Civil War and destroyed by order of Parliament after the conflict ceased.
The castle grounds are open to the public daily throughout the year. There is limited parking on site, and guided tours can be arranged. Artefacts found during excavations on the site can be seen in the Visitor Centre and at the nearby Wakefield Museum, on Wood St. There are wonderful views of the Calder Valley from atop the castle mound.