Barnsley Essentials

Walk in famous footsteps

As well as boasting beautiful countryside, a castle and a 17th Century mill on its doorstep, Barnsley centre is bustling with attractions both old and new.

Among the town's famous people are TV personality Michael Parkinson, poet Ian McMillan, former union leader Arthur Scargill, world famous author of Chocolat Joann Harris and Professor of Archaeology and famed Egyptologist Joanne Fletcher, so why not walk in their footsteps and explore some of what Barnsley has to offer.

A visit to remember

If it's the wealth of attractions, natural beauty and industrial heritage that first draw you to Barnsley it's the friendly people and generous hospitality that will keep you coming back.

With a mention in the Domesday Book, Barnsley's historic roots can be seen far and wide, from 18th Century Wentworth Castle to Elsecar Heritage Centre in the former colliery workshops and from Cannon Hall Museum, a country house museum set in 70 acres of historic parkland to antiques, collectables and a good dose of modern day bargains, at Barnsley Market.

Staying for the weekend or planning a longer break? There's plenty to keep young and old visitors entertained.

Dedicated to Barnsley's incredible heritage Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre Brings to life some fascinating and powerful human stories that resonate with people wherever they are from.

Get down to Barnsley Civic where since The Civic's grand reopening in March 2009, they've already seen a whole host of happenings that have wowed audiences with a diverse range of dynamic and contemporary events, entertainment and exhibitions.

History buffs will adore Worsbrough Mill Museum and Country Park

Get a hearty does of fun at Barnsley Metrodome Leisure Complex which houses a vast selection of sports and leisure activities suitable for all ages and abilities, including a Waterpark, ten pin bowling alley and fitness village.

Shoppers should make a beeline for The Arcade's designer boutiques

And to top off a hard day's entertainment, why not sit back and relax at one of Barnsley's many pubs, bars and restaurants. Cheers!

Proper Yorkshire heritage

Yorkshire Dry Stone Walling Academy teaches you the art of building these beautiful walls - and your hard work will be left for all to see as the walls you build are left standing, shaping the Yorkshire countryside.

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