Barnsley is a fantastic destination for a family holiday in Yorkshire, whether you are just visiting for a day trip or staying for an extended vacation. Barnsley has a thriving town centre bursting with family-friendly attractions, and in the surrounding countryside there are several historical sites offering fun-filled experiences and beautiful walking trails.
The five main museums in Barnsley are a fantastic choice for entertaining and educating children. Each museum has its own individual theme and unique range of family-friendly activities.
Engaging historical sites close to Barnsley town including National Trust property Wentworth Castle Gardens are another great way to spend the day with children. Learn about the area’s heritage and enjoy the fresh air as you explore beautiful gardens on foot or by bike.
If the weather isn’t on your side, then Barnsley Metrodome Leisure Centre is the place for you! Take turns on the water slides at Calypso Cove waterpark, which also has areas suited to smaller children. Follow this up with a couple of rounds at Metrodome Bowling – will you get a strike, or strike out?
Discover family-friendly Barnsley and browse our itinerary ideas for family day trips to Barnsley:
Start the day at Cannon Hall Farm. Home to almost every farm animal you can imagine, Cannon Hall Farm is a magical experience for children who love all creatures great and small. There is also an adventure playground where children can climb, clamber, swing and slide, and the Georgian splendour of the hall itself is sure to captivate older kids and teenagers. End your visit with a trip to the tearoom which serves excellent home-cooked food and tempting sweet treats.
In the afternoon, head to Barnsley Metrodome Leisure Centre for an afternoon of exhilarating entertainment at the waterpark and the bowling alley. There’s plenty of options for a child-friendly dinner before you head home.
Head into Barnsley town centre for a morning of exciting indoor activities. Start at Experience Barnsley, a museum which reveals the heritage of Barnsley through interactive exhibits designed with children in mind. Older children might also enjoy exploring the art collections at Cooper Gallery.
Before lunch, walk to The Glass Works, either for a spot of shopping and a tour of the lively markets or for some exhilarating bowling at Superbowl UK. Follow it up with lunch at the Market Kitchen which has great child-friendly options and cuisine from all over the world.
After lunch, travel out to Wentworth Castle Gardens. This National Trust property has the only Grade I-listed parkland in South Yorkshire – go on an engaging trail around the spectacular 18th-century landscaped gardens and see how many of the 26 listed buildings and monuments you can find!