From Yorkshire and Farnham to Olso, we discuss the best locations for seeing impressive works of art in stunning outdoor locations
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, near Wakefield
Set amid 500 acres of the historic 18th-century Bretton Hall estate, Yorkshire Sculpture Park is arguably the UK’s leading open-air gallery. Exhibits include work by home-grown and international talent, such as Henry Moore and Antony Gormley.
Established in 1977 with a £1,000 budget to fund just 31 sculptures, it has grown to comprise more than 100 outdoor sculptures and five indoor galleries.
Wander the paths weaving through lush parkland, marvelling at the artworks along the way. The park has featured the first UK museum exhibition by KAWS, the renowned American artist.
Although the exhibition closes in June, his six wooden open-air works will remain throughout 2016. Most impressive is 32ft-tall Small Lie, based on Pinocchio.
Other notable sculptures include those by Dame Barbara Hepworth. The Wakefield-born artist is best known for creating flowing and rhythmic designs, often influenced by the contours of nature.
There’s a frequently changing programme of major exhibitions and special events. You’ll love the wide open spaces and the refreshing ‘do touch’ ethos promoted at the park.
Browse in the shop and have lunch at the restaurant while gazing across the collection of Henry Moore bronzes to the rolling countryside beyond.
If you’re looking for an overnight stay, try the Old Manor House, a quaint 17th-century B&B within walking distance of the park.
Open daily, except for 24 and 25 December. Grounds, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and shop open 10am-5pm.
The park is a mile from the M1’s junction 38, there is ample parking (£8 all day) and admission is free. For more information, call 01924 832 631, or visit ysp.co.uk.
The Sculpture Park
With 600 eclectic works by over 300 artists, all set in 10 acres of stunning arboretum and water gardens, it’s no wonder visitors flock here.
Nestled within the Surrey Hills, this peaceful haven contains over two miles of paths twisting through heath and woodland and features an array of contemporary, modern and 20th-century sculptures flanking your route.
With many items for sale (the most expensive being over £160,000), exhibits are forever changing. Put aside two or three hours to fully explore.
For nearby accommodation or lunch, try Bel & The Dragon across the road, a beautifully restored country inn.
Open all year, except 24 and 25 December, Monday to Sunday, 10am-5pm. Dogs are welcome on a short lead. Admission: adults £10; senior citizens and students £5; children (aged 5-15) £5.
For more info, call 01428 605 453, or visit thesculpturepark.com.
The Vigeland Park, Frogner Park
Occupying a chunk of Oslo’s vast Frogner Park, this impressive sculpture installation is the work of just one artist – Gustav Vigeland.
His life’s work is scattered around 80 acres in the shape of over 200 stunning sculptures in bronze, granite and wrought iron.
Check out The Wheel Of Life, one of his most famous works. Make sure you visit the park’s highest point and climb the steps to appreciate The Monolith. Over 55ft tall, the 121 entwined figures are carved from a single granite block. One of Norway’s most popular tourist attractions, it attracts over a million visitors a year.
Admission is free.
Oslo is one of the world’s most expensive cities, so use traveller recommendations on sites such as TripAdvisor to choose where to stay.
For info about the park, call 00 47 2349 3700, or visit vigeland.museum.no. For info about flights, visit skyscanner.net.