Barnsley is a Yorkshire market town with a population of about 220,000. The town has a thriving market, a compact shopping centre and a lively nightlife and is currently undergoing an exciting phase of modernisation known as ‘Remaking Barnsley’.
Barnsley is a friendly town with a strong sense of history and community and excellent links to other attractions in the surrounding area.
It is well situated for the major road links of the M1 and A1 and rail services to the nearby cities of Leeds and Sheffield.
There are mainline stations in Sheffield and Doncaster which provide fast direct links to Scotland, London and regional towns. Barnsley train station offers good links to Leeds, Sheffield and Huddersfield with a fast train service to Leeds and Sheffield every hour.
Barnsley is where the country’s most important motorways, including the M1, M62 and A1(M) meet. Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster all boast excellent car parking facilities, with well signposted routes to make life simple.
Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield airport, the UK’s newest international airport is less than 10 miles from the centre of Doncaster and is served by more than 40 European and long haul destinations. A daily hourly bus service runs from Barnsley to the airport which will get you there in less than 90 minutes.
Leeds/Bradford Airport, Nottingham East Midlands and Manchester International Airport, one of the UK’s busiest airports are all within a good distance to Barnsley too.
There are a number of well-established sports clubs around the town including Barnsley FC, Barnsley Cricket Club and Barnsley Rugby Club. There are also a variety of teams and activities to take part in and several state-of the-art gymnasiums.
Barnsley has a choice of bars and restaurants in and around the town centre and is famous for its hospitality after hours.
For those looking for a slower pace, Barnsley has a number of attractive parks and public spaces including the historic Locke Park.
Breathtaking scenery lies just a short drive from the town in the Peak District and Pennines – from picturesque becks to rugged hills, spectacular stately homes and moorland. Incredible views combined with tranquillity and fresh air make walking, cycling and horse-riding in the region a treat for those who come to visit.
For a flavour of what’s nearby see the Peak District website.
For those wanting to explore further afield, the national parks and heritage coastline of North Yorkshire and historic scenery of West Yorkshire are nearby.
Established more than 750 years ago, Barnsley market is one of the largest, oldest and most popular in the north. With more than 500 stalls, it regularly attracts visitors from outside the area.
The town also boasts a small but busy high street shopping area with mainstream retailers to suit all tastes; from the well known high street brands in The Mall Alhambra shopping centre to the more unique and fashionable Victorian Arcade and Thomas Whitworth Forum with designer clothing stores and gourmet cafes.
And if that’s not enough, the Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield is a short drive away plus the Trafford Centre, one of Europe’s biggest shopping malls which is just over the Pennines in Manchester.
Dotted with pretty villages, historic market towns, rich industrial heritage and a host of family attractions, the area around Barnsley is well worth visiting.
Just a stone’s throw from the town lies Cannon Hall, set in 70 acres of historic parkland and gardens, offering a perfect setting for picnics or relaxing strolls. In the open farm, almost every farm animal imaginable is there to see, along with a shop selling fresh produce.
More information on the Cannon Hall far is available here.
Set in the conservation village of Elsecar and surrounded by beautiful countryside, the Heritage Museum is located within the former ironworks and colliery workshops of Earl Fitzwilliam. For visitors, there’s a history centre, restored workshops, a steam railway and craft shops galore.
These are just a taste of the attractions around Barnsley. For a more in-depth look at what to do and where to go visit the Peak District website. The town centre also has its share of attractions with the Cooper Art Gallery, Northern Design Centre and Lamproom Theatre.
Barnsley’s hidden secret is that it offers some of the most affordable housing in England – a great boost if you are wanting to get started on the housing ladder.
If your ideal home is a modern city centre apartment, a rural cottage or a country manor, you’ll find it in the area and at good value, whether you want to rent or buy.
And if you have children, you’ll want them to have the right education. Barnsley and South Yorkshire has a wide choice of schools. There are numerous primary schools, and some excellent mixed secondary schools, such as Penistone Grammar School and St Michael’s Catholic and CofE High School.
More information on local education can be found on the Barnsley Council website.