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Sculpture Parks

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It’s a time-honored tradition to carve a lover’s initials into a tree. It’s a romantic record of love that lasts the ages. With this in mind, we are planning on spending Valentine's Day amongst nature surrounded by other permanent displays of love. Here are our top sculpture parks to visit in the UK where you can stroll hand in hand with your loved one.

Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden, St Ives, Cornwall

Visiting the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden is a unique experience that offers a remarkable insight into the work and outlook of one of Britain’s most important twentieth century artists. Sculptures in bronze, stone and wood are on display in the museum and garden, along with paintings, drawings and archive material.

Irwell Sculpture Trail

Extending over 33 miles through Salford, Bury and Rossendale, the Irwell Sculpture trail is the largest sculpture route in the UK and makes a great free day out for all the family, connecting local heritage, the landscape and communities. The trail also links a host of cultural attractions from art galleries and museums to the East Lancashire Railway.

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Cass Sculpture Foundation, Chichester, West Sussex

Inspired by their own extensive collection of works from artists such as Elizabeth Frink and Henry Moore, Wilfred and Jeannette Cass embarked on their own journey to establish a revolutionary new model for a sculpture foundation.

Cass Sculpture Foundation is an independent commissioning body dedicated to commissioning new work from emerging and established artists. It was developed as a charitable foundation in 1992 by Wilfred and Jeannette Cass.

The Foundation's 26 acre grounds are home to an ever-changing display of 80 monumental sculptures, all of which are available for sale with the proceeds going directly to artists. The foundation has commissioned over 400 sculptures in the past 20 years.

The Sculpture Park, Farnham, Surrey

The Sculpture Park is the most eclectic sculpture exhibition with over 300 renowned and emerging artists showcasing 600 modern and contemporary sculpture for sale.

Sited within ten acres of stunning arboretum and wildlife inhabited water gardens which have been developed with a series of landscaping projects and the introduction of thousands of new plants, bulbs and specimen trees. Taking advantage of the natural contours of the rolling Surrey Hills has resulted in the perfect haven for the display of sculpture, with over two miles of paths meandering through mixed heathland and woodland in a natural valley enhanced by three lakes fed by two natural springs.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a pioneering place that aims to challenge, inspire, inform and delight, welcoming over 300,000 visitors, including 40,000 learning visits each year.

"Probably the finest exhibition site for sculpture in the world." Bill Packer, Financial Times

"In my experience, you get things from visiting these 500 acres of rolling rural north that are rarely available at other art locations." Waldemar Januszczak, The Sunday Times.

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New Art Centre, Salisbury, Wiltshire

The New Art Centre was founded in 1958. The original gallery was located in Sloane Street, London. In 1994 it was relocated to Roche Court in Wiltshire, a nineteenth-century house in parkland. The existing house and Orangery were built in 1804. Together with the grounds, Roche Court is now used as a sculpture park and educational centre where work is shown inside and out providing a survey of sculpture for the enjoyment of the public. The New Art Centre represents various artists' estates including Barbara Hepworth, Kenneth Armitage and Ian Stephenson.