Art & Culture in Barnsley

Barnsley is overflowing with culture. The town centre boasts art galleries, world-class exhibitions, astounding events, theatre productions and music shows, and in the surrounding borough there are wondrous heritage sites with magnificent architecture and a fascinating past.

Browse our inspirational itinerary for a long weekend in Barnsley that is brimming with art and culture. You can add in your favourite places to stay in Barnsley and the latest Barnsley events.

Art & Culture Grand Days Out

Day 1

Enjoy a day in the great outdoors!

First, travel to Elsecar to visit the Elsecar Heritage Centre. Once a thriving production hub for iron and coal, the old workshops now house a variety of shops including craft stalls, artist studios and a section dedicated to antiques. You can also see a heritage railway and historic exhibitions outlining the past of this model village.

Journey away from Elsecar to Worsbrough to visit another historic attraction – Worsbrough Mill, a 17th-century working water mill that is still used to grind flour. Enjoy lunch at the Millers Tea Room which offers a selection of light dishes, coffee, and cakes. Afterwards, take a tour of the mill and learn about the milling process. Follow this with a walk through the 240 acres of tranquil country park that surrounds the mill.

End your day with a trip to The Lamproom or The Civic, the two local theatres in Barnsley which offer a variety of excellent theatre productions and live music shows.

Day 2

Spend a leisurely morning exploring Cooper Gallery in Barnsley town centre. This is an excellent art gallery with frequently changing exhibitions of contemporary fine art, crafts and mixed media. The collections at Cooper Gallery include 18th- and 19th-century European paintings, drawings and watercolours.

Afterwards, if history is of interest to you, head to Monk Bretton Priory which is just outside of the town centre. Monk Bretton Priory dates back to the 12th century, and the ruined remains are now looked after by English Heritage.

In the afternoon, travel to Wentworth Castle Gardens, a Grade I National Trust property which boasts 26 protected buildings and monuments within its spectacular 18th-century landscaped gardens. Wander the grounds and soak in every corner of this extraordinary heritage property as you enjoy some time in the sunshine.

Day 3

Today is devoted to one of the most popular attractions in Barnsley borough – 300-year-old Cannon Hall Country House which sits in 70 acres of beautiful 18C parkland. Admire the elegant Georgian architecture and Victorian era décor inside the house and browse artefacts in the Cannon Hall Museum. End your visit with a walk around the grounds and a trip to the petting zoo at Cannon Hall Farm, a real favourite with children.