Barnsley makes a great family friendly holiday base for exploring the Peak District and the Yorkshire Pennines, and sits close to a selection of castle estates, award-winning family farm parks and craft centres. Top attractions in the area include Wentworth Castle Gardens just to the south of Barnsley centre, easily accessed off the M1. Great historical re-enactments and a host of events take place here through the year from the colourful June Rhododendron Festival to food fairs, and the 500 acre estate features an adventure playground, woodland trails and is perfect for weddings and conference events.
Find more family fun at Cannon Hall Farm around 5 miles west of Barnsley with a fantastic outdoor adventure play park, tearoom, farm shop, toy and gift shop and award-winning farm park. A host of vintage crafts, antiques centres and craft workshops feature at the popular Elsecar Heritage Centre near Barnsley located in a character former ironworks. One of the best ways to see the beautiful South Yorkshire countryside around Barnsley is to hop aboard the Elsecar Heritage Railway running from the heritage centre to Rockingham Station every Sunday and during themed railway events.
The Trans-Pennine Trail, open to walkers, cyclists and horse riders, passes right through Barnsley, making Barnsley B&Bs and cottages in surrounding villages like Millhouse Green the perfect choice for accessing the trail which pushes west towards Penistone and the Peaks and east towards Conisbrough. Hidden gem art galleries are also to be found in the town, with the Cooper Gallery housed in an old grammar school featuring artwork by JMW Turner and the Bloomsbury. Discover the gentle countryside of South Yorkshire and book Barnsley accommodation with Iknow.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.