“The perfect antidote to the stuffy and staid traditional gallery environment, here families are free to wander through the Park’s 500 acres without constraint. A uniquely family-friendly modern art experience
YSP welcomes families and aims to be as family-friendly as possible. In the open air, children are free to run around, making the most of our 500 acres of historic parkland.
With 60 works in the open air, there are many hidden treasures to hunt for, and unlike traditional galleries, at YSP you can touch the sculptures. Family favourites in the Park include Playground
by artist collective Greyworld
, a musical sculpture that children will love to step across, and Crawling
by Sophie Ryder
, a half woman, half hare made from domestic items and plastic toys.
Families will also enjoy walks in the newly restored lakes and woodland
where they'll discover bridges, follies and incredible historical features including a Greek-style summer house, a now land-locked Boat House, an Obelisk, Stepping Stones and a magical Shell Grotto.
Facilities for families include:
Downloads for families
- Baby changing at YSP Centre, YSP Learning and the Bothy Gallery
- Highchairs in the Restaurant and Café
- Family-friendly food and drink, unlimited tap water
- Picnic areas
- Pocket money souvenirs and affordable children's accessories available to purchase in the YSP Shop and Café
Download the Welcome Families
leaflet to find out more about the Park
Download the Seasons at YSP
leaflet to accompany your walk around the Park.
Download the Young Explorers Trail
to find out about the spooky history of the Park.
For more resources, including downloadable tours and podcasts visit the Learning section
There are regular family-friendly events to take part in at YSP. Find out about upcoming activities
was longlisted in the 2012 Kids in Museums Family Friendly Award
. YSP supports the Kids in Museums Manifesto.