Wakefield may not be high up on your list of places to visit - if this is the case, I strongly advise you to reconsider. The Hepworth Wakefield is the largest purpose built exhibition space outside of London, designed by acclaimed architect David Chipperfield.
Crossing the powerful swollen River Calder, you can't help but feel like flooding might be an issue for the cluster of buildings here, which seem to almost sit on top of the gushing water. However, the strength and solidity of the Hepworth's concrete structure, gives you the feeling of safety and assurance, comfortably surrounded by industrial buildings of another age.
The interior is as inspiring as the exterior. Both natural and artificial light flood the space, offering subtle illumination of the artworks. At the same time, strategically placed large scale windows (with conservation of the art pieces in mind) dramatically frame the external views of the surrounding river and gardens.
Works by a number of celebrated contemporary artists and sculptors are on show here, but it is Wakefield born Barbara Hepworth who quite rightly steals the show. Many rarely seen pieces from her extensive body of work are on display.
It's worthwhile coinciding your visit with a trip to the equally wonderful Yorkshire Sculpture Park. That way, whilst at the Hepworth Wakefield you can see a selection of her work in it's experimental stages, followed by pieces in situ in this stunning green art space of the YSP.