Days Out Barnsley

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Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre, S70 2

Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre is dedicated to the history and people of the borough. It is an inspiring place for all the family to visit. There is lots of fun to be had in the interactive galleries and the Discovery Centre holds priceless treasures.

Hands on activities and educational interactive games are found all around the museum, including in the Making History Gallery, which includes archaeological dig, historical costume and family tree puzzles. For children who like a challenge, we also have our new Museum Activity Trail, which is free.

With a walk in cinema and regular activities for all ages there’s plenty to get involved with. We have a regular programme of family activities, after-school clubs, talks and lectures – something for all ages. Special activities take place during the school holidays.

Town Hall, Church Street, Barnsley, S70 2TA

T. 01226 772500

Anglers Country Park, WF4 2

Anglers has been awarded Green Flag status – recognising it as one of the best parks in the country. This local nature reserve makes for a great family day out. Picnic by the lake, let the kids scramble around the adventure playground, feed the birds and venture along the Room on the Broom Activity Trail (2 mile lakeside trail). Whether you want to relax or get active. There’s something here for everyone.

Please note Anglers Country Park only accept cash or cheque.


Free parking
Toilets 10am – 4​pm
Changing Places facility
Bike hire
Pushchair and wheelchair friendly
Adventure playground
Picnic areas
Information panels
Bird hides located on main lake and ‘Pol’

At the visitor centre:
Information, maps and leaflets
Kids activity area

You can buy:
Room on the Broom activity packs
Room on the Broom merchandise
Small pocket money items
Bird food for the birds around the lake

Anglers Country Park, Haw Park Lane, Wintersett, Wakefield, WF4 2EB

Cannon Hall Museum, S75 4

Cannon Hall is a stunning Georgian country house museum set in 70 acres of historic parkland and beautiful landscaped gardens.

It is the perfect day out for all the family.

Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, Barnsley, S75 4AT

T. 01226 790270

Cannon Hall Park and Gardens, S75 4

Cannon Hall Park and Gardens is an idyllic place for a relaxing walk, family outing or picnic. The Park is an ideal place to explore with children, with acres of grassland that are perfect for games and landscaped gardens which include Fairyland, a beautiful secluded hideaway.

There is a wide range of family friendly activities available at Cannon Hall Park and Gardens including orienteering, fishing and garden trails and tours.

Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, Barnsley, S75 4AT

T. 01226 790270

Elsecar Heritage Centre, S74 8

Elsecar Heritage Centre is a unique family attraction and a working hub of industry. With a nearby park, canal-side walks and access to the Trans Pennine Trail, Elsecar Heritage Centre is a fascinating day out for all the family.

Visitors to Elsecar Heritage Centre will find an interesting variety of individual craft workshops, artist studios, antique centres and exhibitions alongside a children’s indoor play centre, cafe and a historical steam railway. The restored ironworks and colliery workshops are also home to Elsecar Visitor Centre which houses a small exhibition about Elsecar’s past.

Admission to the site is free, although some events may charge a small entry fee.

Wath Rd, Elsecar, Barnsley, S74 8HJ

T. 01226 740203

Elsecar Park, S74 8

Elsecar Park is located just across the road from Elsecar Heritage Centre. So why not make a day of it and combine a visit to the two?!

The park includes;

A children’s play area (children up to age 14)
Multi use games area
Toilets with baby changing area and disabled facilities
Nine hole pitch and putt course (pay in the cafe)
Crazy golf area (pay in the cafe)
Bandstand (with electricity supply) and ornamental terraced gardens
Sand pit, picnic area and story-telling circle
Bicycle parking area
The Trans Pennine Trail (multi-user path) runs through the reserve
Reservoir and local nature reserve
Bird hide and pond dipping pool
Open area for informal games and events

Armroyd Lane, Elsecar, Barnsley, S74 8ES

Newmillerdam Country Park, WF2 6

Perfect place to feed the ducks, get your wellies muddy and enjoy the great outdoors. Paths suitable for pushchairs and bikes it is likely to be muddy though so be prepared!

Car park

Charges apply 8am – 6pm, Monday to Saturday

Pay and Display Machine
Maximum stay: 10 hours
Up to 1 hour – 60p
Up to 2 hours – £1
Up to 4 hours – £1.30
Over 4 hours – £1.70

Phoenix Park, S63 0

Located in the Thurnscoe area of South Yorkshire, the site was once a slagheap which was used by the Hickleton Main Colliery and is now home to diverse wildlife.

There is a climbing wall, carved farmyard animals, a maze, and an art gallery designed by a local youth group.

It is also popular with walkers, cyclists and horse-riders.

Thurnscoe, Rotherham, S63 0BD

Pot House Hamlet, S75 4

At Pot House Hamlet we have some great animals for you to visit and enjoy for free. Take a stroll around the site feeding our pygmy goats, alpacas, donkeys, rare breed sheep, fancy breeds of chickens, ducks and more…

Our animals are super friendly and love meeting people. You can get up and close to all the animals and get some great photos.

Pot House Hamlet, Silkstone, Barnsley, S75 4JU

Rabbit Ings Country Park, S71 4

Rabbit Ings is a country park located on the former colliery yard and spoil heap of the Monkton Colliery and then the Royston Drift Mine, which closed in 1989. The 64-hectare site, situated near Royston in South Yorkshire, is home to an array of wildlife – including newts, snakes and herons.

Rabbit Ings Country Park, Lund Hill Lane, Royston, Barnsley, S71 4BB

RSPB Dearne Valley – Old Moor, S73 0

Nature reserve with a visitor centre, 7 viewing hides, walking trails and a cafe with homemade food.

Children can have fun on the climbing frames, swings and slide in the ‘Kids Go Wild’ adventure playground. There are also Wildlife Explorer backpacks available for hire. These contain bug jars, binoculars and guide books to help children get the most out of their visit.

Old Moor Ln, Bolton upon Dearne, Barnsley S73 0YF

Slow Tour of Yorkshire – National Cycle Network

Enjoy a great cycling day out in Yorkshire… at your own pace!

The Slow Tour of Yorkshire is a guide to 21 of the best cycle routes across Yorkshire on the National Cycle Network.  One of which starts on our doorstep at Barnsley Train Station and take you to RSPB Old Moor (review on website soon!)

Routes are suitable for most abilities. They are between 10 and 20 miles (2 – 3 hours of slow cycling), on traffic-free or quiet lanes, mainly flat (apart from our ‘starter’ hills in two Yorkshire Dales routes), reached by public transport, with bike hire available near the start.

For more information and maps go to Sustrans

Worsbrough Mill and Country Park, S70 5

Worsbrough Mill is a 17th Century working water mill set in 240 acres of tranquil Country Park. It
is an amazing place to visit, have fun and see history come to life for all the family.

Visitors can tour the working water mill and learn about the milling process, following it from beginning to end. They can also enjoy a leisurely day out exploring the Country Park either on foot or by bicycle. The 60 acre reservoir is a haven for wildlife and regularly attracts birdwatchers and anglers.


Yorkshire Sculpture Park, WF4 4

Yorkshire Sculpture Park boasts 500 acres of historic parkland where children are free to run around and explore.
With 60 works outside in the open air, there are many hidden treasures to hunt for, and unlike traditional galleries, at YSP you can touch the sculptures.

The newly restored lakes and woodland are a great place to go walking, discover bridges, follies and incredible historical features.

Parking charges apply.

West Bretton, Wakefield, WF4 4LG