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Things to do in Barnsley

A vibrant and picturesque town, with a rich industrial heritage. Are you looking for things to do in Barnsley? We've got plenty of great ideas for you across the town.


Barnsley is a former industrial town based on coal mining and glassmaking, it lies on the River Dearne and is just over 10 miles north of Sheffield. It is well-known for great individual shops and markets, and has cutting edge art gallaries. The town centre has a good concentration of nightlife spots, with many bars, pubs, restaurants and cinemas to visit. The surrounding villages are beautiful and hold many family attractions.

Known for...   River Dearne, coal mining, glassmaking, brass bands and Trans Pennine Trail


Did you know...

  • Barnsley, once famous for it's coalmining, no longer has any coal mines at all.
  • The first historical reference to Barnsley was in 1086 in the Domesday Book, with a population of around 200.
  • George Orwell mentions the town in The Road to Wigan Pier.



 

  Attractions

Club Escapade

Popular city centre nightclub.
27 Wellington Street
Town Centre
S70 1SW

01226731376

 

Worsbrough Mill Museum And Country Park

17th century working mill set in 240 glorious acres.
Warsbrough Bridge
Barnsley
S70 5LJ

01226774527

 

Cannon Hall Farm

Charming working farm and a perfect family day out.
Bark House Lane
Cawthorne
S75 4AT

01226790427

 

Cannon Hall Museum, Park & Gardens

Country house museum set in 70 scenic acres.
Bark House Lane
Cawthorne
Barnsley
S75 4AT

01226790270

Recommended by Kevin Grey, Barnsley

 

Elsecar Heritage Railway

Situated in the pretty village of Elsecar, with its pleasant park and surrounding countryside.
Wath Road, Elsecar
Barnsley
S74 8HJ

01226746746

 

Pot House Hamlet

Waggon Walk Way, Plant Nursery, Restaurant, Cafe, Shop.
Barnsley Road
Silkstone
S75 4JU

Recommended by Emma Horsfield
“I am a trustee of Pot House Hamlet, a visitor attraction in south Yorkshire. I would be interested Pot House Hamlet being added to you site.”

 

Wentworth Castle And Gardens

Spectacular castle and landscaped gardens.
Lowe Lane
Stainborough
S75 3ET

 

Maize Maze

Giant maize maze experience.
Jowett House Farm
Bark House Lane
S75 4AS

01226791855

 

Kirklees Light Railway

Travel along behind Hawk, Owl, Fox, Badger or Jay, our five friendly little engines here at the Kirklees Light Railway.
Park Mill Way
Denby Dale
HD8 9XJ

01484865727

Recommended by Martin Reese, Sheffield
“A great day out for any steam train enthusiasts”

 

Monk Bretton Priory Medieval Monastery

English Heritage - The substantial ruins of a Cluniac monastery, with an unusually well-marked ground plan.
17 Abbey Lane
Barnsley
S71 5QD

 
 

  Children's Activities

Dance In Doncaster

Dance in Doncaster is here.
The Civic
Hanson Street
Barnsley
S70 2HZ

01226327012

 

9th Barnsley Wombwell Scout Group

Local Scout group for children aged between 6 and 18.
Wombwell Scout HQ, Off Wainwright Place
Wombwell
Barnsley
S73 8LY

Recommended by Simone Foster-Jowett, Wombwell
“The 9th Barnsley Wombwell Scout Group offer fun and adventure to boys and girls aged between 6 and 18.”

 

Dexx Skatepark

Indoor skatepark specifically designed with scooters and skateboards in mind for people of varying ability.
Unit F Derwent Way
Wath West Ind Estate, Wath upon Dearne
Rotherham
S63 6EX

01709871861

 
 

  Parks

Birdwell Woods FREE

This large wood occupies mainly west facing slopes offering panoramic views of the surrounding region and areas of seclusion.
Birdwell
nr Hoyland Nether
South Yorkshire
S70 5RB

 

Bagger Wood FREE

Just ten minutes from busy Barnsley, Bagger Wood is a rural haven enjoyed by around 3,000 visitors every year.
Barnsley
S35 7EF

 
 

  Bowling

Barnsley Bowl

Tenpin bowling and entertainment venue.
Carlton Road
Barnsley
S71 2AZ

 

Barnsley Bowl

Ten Pin Bowling.
Carlton Road
Barnsley
S71 2AZ

01226732932

 
 

  Cinema

Parkway Cinema Barnsley

Multi-screen cinema.
Eldon Street
Barnsley
S70 2JL

 
 

  Theatre

The Barnsley Lamproom Theatre

Popular theatre with eclectic programme.
Westgate
Barnsley
S70 2DX

 

The Civic Theatre

Multi-purpose theatre in the heart of Barnsley.
Hanson Street
Barnsley
S70 2HZ

 

The Civic

Theatre, cinema and gallery.
Hanson Street
Barnsley
S70 2HZ

01226327000

 

The Academy Theatre

Charming 180-seater venue.
311 Sheffield Road
Birdwell
S70 5TU

 
 

  Comedy

The Comedy Club

Popular comedy club based at Tankersley Manor.
Tankersley Manor
Church Lane
S75 3DQ

01226744700

 
 

  Golf

Wortley Golf Club

Wortley Golf Club is a 100 year old parkland course, an oasis of peace yet close to the M1. The 18 Hole, Par 68 course is over 6000 yards.
Hermit Hill Lane
Wortley
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
S35 7DF

01742-885294

 
 

  Leisure centres

Nature's Own

Nature's Own offer a wide range of Vitamin and Mineral supplements delivered directly to your door.
Barnsley
S70 2HZ

 

The Metrodome Leisure Complex

Swimming, fitness centre and much more.
Queens Road
Barnsley
S71 1AN

Recommended by Jess Thompson, Doncaster
“It is fully disabled accessible and the life guards were fantastic in letting my partially sighted friend use her cane to the side of the pool! The changing room an toilets were spotless an the slides were very well manned! Any pushing an shoving had to go to the back of the line like you would if you were at school!”

 

One2one

Barnsley's premier independent gym.
McGann House
Chesham Road
S70 2NT

01226292997

 

Bannatyne

State of the art healt and fitness club.
Barnsley Road
Dodworth
S75 3JT

01226704100‎

 
 

  Water sports

Barnsley Divers

Learn to scuba dive.
Metrodome Leisure Complex
Queens Road
S71 1AN

 
 

  Karting

Tyke Racing

The ultimate karting experience in Barnsley.
Beevor Street, Hoyle Mill
Barnsley
South Yorkshire
S71 1HN

01226734444

 
 

  Paintball

Sheffield Paintball Centre

The Sheffield paintball site offers several great paintball game scenarios and game zones.
Engine Lane
Shafton
S72 8RE

 

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