Family Fun in Barnsley

Best family-friendly things to do in Barnsley

Visit Barnsley Museums

Barnsley has a staggering five museums, each with its own individual theme and unique range of family-friendly activities.

  • Experience Barnsley

    Children can explore the history of Barnsley at Experience Barnsley through interactive exhibits featuring old artefacts, short films and recordings from people in the borough.

  • Worsbrough Mill

    This unique historical site is a working 17th-century water mill set in almost 250 acres of peaceful parkland. Bring history to life for the children when you watch Worsbrough Mill in action and spend some time exploring the surrounding estate either on foot or by bike.

  • Cannon Hall

    Transport yourself back to a time of Georgian splendour at Cannon Hall, an elegant country house that was funded for hundreds of years by wealth from the local iron industry. Now a museum, Cannon Hall boasts exciting experiences and an extensive archive depicting its past. It also sits within 70 acres of stunning parkland that is just waiting to be explored.
  • Elsecar Heritage Centre

    Elsecar Heritage Centre is a unique experience that the family will love! Elsecar is a village that was transformed into a centre of iron and coal production, and you can take a guided history tour led by experts to discover details of this heritage. There is also an indoor play area for children and a variety of shops and food outlets located in the old workshops.
  • Cooper Gallery

    Budding artists will love visiting Cooper Gallery, a free-to-visit venue dating back over 300 years housing over 400 works ranging from 17th – 20th centuries. Additional temporary exhibitions expand the experience.

Explore the Barnsley countryside

There are many wonderful places to visit in the countryside around Barnsley. Wentworth Castle Gardens is the only Grade I listed parkland in South Yorkshire, boasting 26 listed buildings and monuments and spectacular 18-century landscaped gardens. The secret gardens of the Earls of Strafford captured the nation's imagination on the BBC TV programme Restoration and are now being carefully restored. Rare formal gardens have been rediscovered, National Collections of Rhododendrons, Camellias and Magnolias enhanced, and over 100,000 bulbs planted throughout the 60-acre garden to create a carpet of colour. A vibrant stomping ground for active children!

Visit Barnsley Metrodome Leisure Centre

A great activity for a gloomy grey afternoon, the Barnsley Metrodome Leisure Centre houses a waterpark and bowling alleys and will provide hours of entertainment for children of all ages. There is also a variety of dining options here as well for when the excitement is over!

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