Barnsley Attractions

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Places to see

Barnsley is a market town in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The town has a long history, which means that there are a number of attractions that should interest visitors to the area. Barnsley Pothouse Hamlet is housed in a fifteenth century renovated mill. The area also contains the remains of a glass works and pottery. The area surrounding the hamlet is quite pretty and close to the Hamlet is the Silkstone Beck, which is a small river.

The Pothouse Hamlet has a working plant nursery and you can see the plants being pricked out, There is also a clothes shop, a specialist gift and card shop and a florist at the site. You can make a day of it because Silkstone Village is quite pretty it has a long mining history and a nice church. There is a picnic area by the Hamlet and a café that serves drinks and cheap food.

If you have children with you then they might appreciate a visit to Wigfield Farm, which is on Haverlands Lane, Worsbrough Bridge, Barnsley. Wigfield is an open fam and visitor’s centre. The farm has the usual mix of farm animals and some rare breed animals, there is also a large collection of pets, which usually pleases kids. The Worsbrough Mill is on Park Road, Worsbrough Bridge, Barnsley and is a working mill and museum set in the grounds of a large country park with some beautifully laid out gardens.

The Elsecar Heritage Centre in Elsecar, Barnsley is a history and craft centre in the centre of the conservation village of Elsecar. The centre is housed in the former colliery and ironwork workshops of Earl Fitzwilliam.. You can explore the restored buildings and see the monuments and then take a walk beside the Dearne and Dove Canal. The centre has a steam railway, working industria units as well as a craft shop and tea rooms.

The Cannon Hall Museum and Gallery is located in an eighteenth century house that was home to the Spencer-Stanhope family for two hundred years. The hall has furniture and glass collections paintings by both old masters and local artists. Some of the furniture and pottery is laid out in period settings like the Victorian Parlour. Cannon Hall is set in the centre of seventy acres of historic gardens and parkland.

Wentworth Castle was built in the early years of the eighteenth century situated in a six hundred acre park and gardens. The castle was feature in the final of the 2003 television series ‘Restoration.’The estate contains twenty six monuments and listed buildings and also holds the National Plant Collections of Rhododendrons, Camellias and Magnolias. If you like history then the Cawthorne Victoria Jubilee Museum might be of interest The museum contains a natural history collection from the mid nineteenth century as well as artefacts and curios from the village The Museum was officially opened in 1889. Over the years the collection has grown and a new extension to the building was opened in 1983.


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