Glorious gardens, woodland and parkland, created for the privileged few and preserved for everyone to enjoy.
South Yorkshire’s only grade I registered landscape, there are 63 acres of gardens and 500 acres of parkland to explore. That means there’ll be an endless variety of gentle walking trails, picnic spots as well as plenty of hide and seek spots to keep the kids entertained whilst on an outdoor adventure.
Wentworth Castle Gardens was born out of a family rivalry when Thomas Wentworth vowed to create an estate to rival the family home he thought he’d inherit, nearby Wentworth Woodhouse.
His landscape vision included the fairy-tale-like “ancient ruins” of Stainborough Castle, as well as many other follies, special monuments and intriguing garden buildings. There’s also the Victorian Conservatory, full of exotic plants, the maze-like Union Jack Garden, winding paths of the Fernery, wilderness paths in the woodland and Victorian Flower Garden. Lady Lucy’s Walk is an avenue of towering lime trees and the parkland boasts views across Yorkshire’s lush green countryside and is home to herds of red and fallow deer.
Open year-round, there are plenty of ways for the whole family to get outdoors and closer to nature, while helping look after the parkland and gardens.
Why not try your hand at orienteering or bug hunting? How about becoming a volunteer or simply sharing your favourite Wentworth Castle Garden photo on social media? Each activity, no matter how big or small, helps make Wentworth Castle Gardens a great place for everyone to visit.
The National Trust is working together with The Northern College who are based on site at the mansion house, and Barnsley Council through their museums service.
Open all year except 25 December.
2 March – 1 November 10am – 5pm.
2 November – 1 March 10am – 3.30pm.
Last admission one hour before closing.