The town is 9 miles south of
While it is still a straightforward sort of place where the Yorkshire accent is reputed to be at its strongest, gone is some of the grittiness which existed when it was a major centre of the coal mining industry. The major industry of Barnsley's surrounding villages, which sees the headquarters of the National Union of Mineworkers based in Huddersfield Road in Barnsley, has now all gone, to be replaced by cleaner businesses and a pleasantly green landscape.
What is Yorkshire's biggest and best market remains at the heart of the town and work has been continuing over the last few years to create a new retail and leisure centre The Glass Works, including a new public square, a revamped indoor market, new library and shops. Market stalls also add to the character of the pedestrianised town centre streets.
Away from the pit villages, agriculture has always been a big part of the economy of the area around the town, with a farming landscape extending for several miles west of Barnsley into the edges of the
Barnsley has a Post Office in Pitt Street and sub-post offices in its districts.
The town has bank and building society branches.
Barnsley has pharmacies in the town centre and many of its districts.
A range of cafes and coffee shops add to the Barnsley town centre experience with some pubs open during the day and serving food.
Barnsley has a varied range of places to drink. There are pubs and bars in the town centre, while in surrounding areas there are often social clubs as well as pubs in former pit villages. Head out into the countryside and there are still local inns to be found in some rural villages.
For theatres and museums in Barnsley see below.
Barnsley Central Library is at The Glass Works. There are also branch libraries in several districts and villages around the Barnsley area.
The Metrodome Leisure Complex at Queens Ground, Queens Road, offers a wide range of fitness and leisure activities, a waterpark and swimming pools.
Barnsley College operates from a number of campuses around the town centre and there are a wide range of schools throughout the Barnsley area. For higher education see below.
Places of worship: Anglican, Catholic, Methodist, Baptist, United Reformed, Muslim, other.
The parish church of Barnsley is St Mary in Church Street, a 19th century church with a tower dating from the 15th century. Following the merger of the Diocese of Wakefield in 2014 it became part of the Diocese of West Yorkshire and the Dales which two years later is formally restyled Diocese of Leeds.
The River Dearne flows about 1 mile to the north-east of Barnsley town centre, which is high on the hill above the Dearne Valley.
The Barnsley Canal, opened between 1799 and 1802, linked the Aire and Calder Canal near Wakefield with Barnby Basin. It closed in 1953 following problems of disuse and mining subsidence. It linked to the Dearne and Dove Canal, completed in 1804, which connected Barnsley to the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation at Swinton. It was formally closed in 1961 after decades of decline during which only short sections of the canal had remained in use. Traffic at the Barnsley end had ended in 1942.
The Lamproom TheatreWestgate
Volunteers have been behind the conversion of what was a derelict Methodist Chapel into an exciting location for community theatre, music and stand-up comedy.
The CivicHanson Street
Offers a varied programme of theatre, comedy, music, dance, exhibitions and family shows. The original Civic dated back to 1877. The revamped building was opened by Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council in 2009, supported by Arts Council England, Yorkshire Forward and the European Regional Development Fund.
Barnsley FCThe Tykes play at Oakwell Stadium.
Barnsley FC official website.
Barnsley Cricket ClubEstablished in 1862, the club has produced many Yorkshire and international stars. It plays at Shaw Lane.
Barnsley Rugby Union Football Clubplay at Shaw Lane.
Barnsley Rugby Union Football Club official website.
University Campus BarnsleyChurch Street
Located in a building just across the road from the Town Hall, University Campus Barnsley is part of Barnsley College. It offers Higher National, foundation courses and studies leading to BSc and BA degrees accredited by universities including the University of Huddersfield, University of Hull, Sheffield Hallam University and University of Derby.
University Campus Barnsley.
Experience BarnsleyBarnsley Town Hall, Church Street
The Experience Barnsley museum and discovery centre is based in Barnsley Town Hall, telling the story of Barnsley's rich heritage through archeological finds, historic documents and artefacts and old films. The museum is run by Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council.
Find out more at the
Barnsley Council - Experience Barnsley web pages.
Places to visit
Worsbrough MillWorsbrough Bridge
This working 17th century flour mill uses water power from the River Dove at Worsbrough Bridge, 2.5 miles south of Barnsley town centre. Visitors can learn about the milling process and explore the surrounding country park, set around Worsbrough Reservoir. Admission is free, but there are charges in the car park. The mill is off the A61 at Worsbrough Bridge. Buses from Barnsley, including 66 and 265, stop nearby. The mill is run by Barnsley Metropolitan District Council.
More information at these
Barnsley Council - Worsbrough Mill web pages.
Monk Bretton PrioryAbbey Lane, Cundy Cross
The ruins of Monk Bretton Priory, a monastery originating in 1154, can be found at Abbey Lane, Cundy Cross, two miles east of
More information at the
Cannon HallBark House Lane, Cawthorne
Visitors can explore the Georgian country house museum and gardens and parkland, extending across 28 hectares (70 acres). The hall also stages a wide range of events from art exhibitions to baking days and re-enactment events. Cannon Hall is 6 miles by road west-north-west of Barnsley town centre just off the A635 road near the village of Cawthorne. It has a large pay and display car park. Bus 92 connects Barnsley to Cawthorne village with a walk of about a mile to Cannon Hall. On Sundays three 92A services run to Cannon Hall.
Find out more at the
Barnsley Council - Cannon Hall web pages.
Cannon Hall FarmBark House Lane, Cawthorne
Cannon Hall Farm is an award-winning open farm attraction just up the road from the hall itself. The farm has grown to become one of the largest such attractions in the country, now including adventure playgrounds, a gift shop, farm shop and restaurants. The animals themselves are the main appeal though, with a rare breeds barn and milking demonstrations. There are car parking and admission charges, though parking is free and admission reduced after 3.30pm, follow the link to the farm website for details. The farm is also host to the Underneath The Stars Festival of art, music, food and drink in July. Bus 92 connects Barnsley to Cawthorne village, a walk of about a mile to Cannon Hall Farm. On Sundays three 92A services run to Cannon Hall.
More information at the
Cannon Hall Farm website.
Elsecar Heritage CentreWath Road, Elsecar
The heritage centre is located in a former ironworks and colliery workshops and houses an antique centre, craft workshops and exhibitions of the past history of the conservation village of Elsecar. Key attractions are the 1795 Newcomen Beam Engine, the only one of its kind to have been preserved in its original location, and the Elsecar Heritage Railway, which operates mainly at weekends along a restored part of a branch line which served collieries and iron works. The centre stages a series of events, including children's activities, car shows and auctions. The Heritage Centre is 6 miles south-south-east of Barnsley. It can be reached from Barnsley by bus on route 66 or by train to Elsecar station, from where it is a walk of about half a mile.
Find out more at the
Barnsley Council - Elsecar Heritage Centre web pages.
Wentworth Castle Gardens
The Grade I listed gardens and parkland of Wentworth Castle, a country house at Stainborough, near Barnsley, were reopened in 2019 by the National Trust in partnership with Barnsley Council and Northern College, which occupies the house, which is closed to visitors.
The gardens, like the house itself, are largely the result of family rivalry in the 18th century with the inheriters of Wentworth Woodhouse, a spectacular country house around six miles away. Miles of parkland include various monuments and also Stainborough Castle, a folly ruined castle of medieval appearance which continues the name of an earlier house at Wentworth Castle. A Union Jack Garden commemorates the union of England and Scotland in 1707 and there is also a Victorian conservatory.
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Yorkshire Sculpture Park
West BrettonThe Yorkshire Sculpture Park is the UK's leading open-air sculpture gallery, situated at
More information at the
Yorkshire Sculpture Park website.
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Yorkshire Sculpture Park
National Coal Mining Museum for England
The National Coal Mining Museum for England is mid-way between
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Peak District National ParkThe vast area of the Peak District National Park starts around 10 miles to the west of Barnsley town centre, stretching from Yorkshire into Derbyshire and beyond. For more details see our
Barnsley station, adjoining Barnsley Interchange bus station, offers local services stopping at stations to
Station managed by: Northern.
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Barnsley InterchangeEldon Street North
Buses run from Barnsley Interchange adjoining the railway station with additional street stops for some routes. Buses serve most of Barnsley's nearby towns and villages with inter-town links including services to
Road travelBarnsley is just 2 miles from the M1 motorway via the A628 giving the town good north-south connectivity across Yorkshire. The A628 continues westward to wind through the Peak District to provide South Yorkshire's only direct route to Greater Manchester.
The HS2 effect
BarnsleyAlthough offering less of a time saving than the originally planned HS2 station at Meadowhall, changing to HS2 at Sheffield will shave around 40 minutes off the fastest feasible time to London at present.
Emergency servicesSouth Yorkshire Police
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue
Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Barnsley is one of four metropolitan district authorities within the county of South Yorkshire.
It covers Barnsley and dozens of other towns, villages and hamlets, stretching for around 20 miles east to west and around 10 miles north to south. The western part of the borough includes an area of the
Barnsley council's 63 councillors serve three per ward across 13 wards for a four-year term. An election of one councillor per ward takes place each year with no election in the fourth year. An election of one-third of the council due to be held in 2020 has been postponed to 2021.
Barnsley MBC website.
The political composition after the May 2019 election was:
County strategic authorityBarnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Combined Authority
South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority
The fire authority is made up of elected members of each of the four metropolitan district councils of South Yorkshire - Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.
Ceremonial countySouth Yorkshire
Historic1869-1913 Municipal borough
1913-1974 County Borough (within the West Riding of Yorkshire)