Shopping in Barnsley

Barnsley might not spring to mind as one of the best places to go shopping in Yorkshire – but it should!

With popular chains and high-street retailers sitting alongside lively local markets and one-off shops set within spectacular heritage buildings, Barnsley has it all when it comes to shopping.

In one day of shopping in Barnsley, you can pick up high-end trends, vintage gems, local favourites, and unique gifts. On top of that, you can eat and drink to your heart’s content at whichever of the myriad of cafés, bars and restaurants catch your eye.

Browse our favourite shops in Barnsley or explore our interactive map of Barnsley borough to plan your extensive shopping trip. We have also included some possible itineraries for your Grand Day Out below:

Shopping in Barnsley - Grand Days Out

Route 1

Begin at The Glass Works, the centrepiece of Barnsley town square which boasts a variety of well-known brands as well as delicious dining options. Move through the shopping centre to Barnsley Markets which house over 100 stalls run by traders from across the north. Here you can pick up unique gems including vintage clothing and valuable antiques, or just sample some local fare.

From here, head out to Pot House Hamlet in nearby Silkstone. Break up the day with a scenic stroll along Silkstone Beck. Afterwards, visit Pot House Hamlet’s on-site petting farm where children can interact with an assortment of friendly animals. Finish by browsing the assortment of unique boutiques selling everything from flowers to gifts for our four-legged friends.

Route 2

Start just outside of Barnsley in Elsecar, a historic village home to the spectacular Elsecar Heritage Centre which will delight adults and children alike. Before you get stuck into your shopping, learn about the area’s iron and coal heritage on a guided walking tour and visit the old steam railway. Afterwards, lose yourself in the maze of shops that are now housed in this historic building. The Elsecar Heritage Centre shopping experience ranges from record stores and shops selling merchandise to traditional sweet shops and stalls dedicated to arts and crafts. The Antiques Centre is the crowning jewel here, home to over 100 traders, and is often featured on Bargain Hunt.

For lunch, either grab something at one of the restaurants at Elsecar, or head into Barnsley town and find your favourite restaurant in the Market Kitchens at The Glass Works. You could also wander the Barnsley Markets and sample some local favourites including the infamous Barnsley chop.

Spend the afternoon exploring some of the unique shops in Barnsley town centre. Wander through the Victorian Arcade which still retains its cobbled street and old-style shop fronts, and you will discover a hoard of unusual stores ranging from old-fashioned model shops to Victorian Tea Rooms. Close by is Nomad Atelier, a high-end boutique selling pieces from several sought-after designers.

Why not end the day with some excitement and go bowling at The Glass Works’ Superbowl UK? You could also catch one of the latest films neighbouring Cineworld!