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
Mother Shipton’s Cave is England’s oldest visitor attraction, open since 1630. Millions of visitors from all over the world have been enchanted by the park’s natural beauty, mesmerised by the Petrifying Well and enthralled by Mother Shipton’s amazing story. She lived some 500 years ago in the times of King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I. She was born in a cave next to the river Nidd, delivered as lightning crackled in a violent storm. As she grew older, her prophetic visions became known and feared. She foretold the invasion and defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1488; and Samuel Pepys’ diary grimly records that Mother Shipton gave forewarning of the Great Fire of London in 1666.
Beside the Cave is the Petrifying Well, a unique geological phenomenon. Curiosity has drawn millions of visitors over hundreds of years, to see cascading water turn everyday objects to stone.
The park has several scenic picnic areas, adventure playground and museum and gift shop. Themed events run during school holidays, with a FREE children’s trail sheet.
Open weekends in March then every day from 1st April to 29th October, 10am – 4.30pm. There is parking on site (£2 all day in addition to admission).
Open daily 10am – 6pm (last entry 5pm), closed 24th/25th December.
Located in Hull, The Deep is an award-winning aquarium home to 3,500 fish including green sawfish, spectacular sharks, rays and a colony of Gentoo penguins. Journey through the story of the world’s oceans travelling through a unique blend of spectacular marine life from warm tropical waters to the cold Antarctic seas. Highlights include daily dive shows, animal presentations, touch pool sessions, the amazing glass tunnel and a ride in the glass lift through the 10m Endless Oceans exhibit. Details of feeding times and all other info is on their website here.
The Deep has its own Café serving a range of homemade hot/cold meals, snacks, drinks and excellent children’s boxes, plus a Snack Bar half way round open in peak times. There are also indoor and outdoor picnic areas for those who wish to bring their own food. The Deep is also fully accessible for people with disabilities.
Save 10% by booking your tickets on their website before you visit. The Deep also accepts Tesco Days Out vouchers, which form part of the Tesco Clubcard scheme. Don’t forget your Day Plus Pass which allows FREE return visits to The Deep for 12 months (this is included in the normal price of a ticket, T&C’s on their website).
During the school holidays there are also arts, crafts and face painting at Craft Corner, see their website for details of the next events.
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 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
Clifton Park in the heart of Rotherham is a wonderful place for the whole family.
With parks, gardens and sport, rides and games and even an amazing museum, Clifton Park has everything you could need for the perfect day out!
Fun Park including roller coasters, water rides, bumper cars and arcade games.
Golden Putter Mini Golf
Clifton Express Land Train
Water Splash (Seasonal, School Holidays only)
Clifton Park has 2 car parks:
Clifton Park, Doncaster Road, Rotherham, South Yorks, S65 2BH
Clifton Park, Clifton Lane, Rotherham, South Yorks, S65 2AA
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 Heritage Railway – The Coalfield Line
Trains primarily run on Sundays and Bank Holidays. Sunday services are usually at 12pm, 1pm and 2pm, but please check our timetable and website carefully for the day you intend to visit.
We also run special events when extra trains run including a Santa Special.
Wath Road, Elsecar, Barnsley, S74 8HJ
T. 01226 746746
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
A fantastic day out, highly recommended for children up to 11 years. There are specific areas for the under 5’s and even a couple of special non-walker areas. The concept of the museum is that you learn through play and everything there is hands-on. There is a cafe and gift shop on site. There are indoor and outdoor picnic benches if you want to take your own pinic. Well worth the travel from Barnsley.
Pay once for the museum and get a year’s annual pass.
Discovery Road, Halifax, HX1 2NE
T.01422 330 069
Climb aboard our little trains for a scenic journey along our 15” narrow-gauge rail through the beautiful South Pennine foothills to our Shelley terminus where you can enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Visit the Shelley station Tea Room for selections of seasonal refreshments. Children can play in the outdoor play area and on a summers day enjoy our large picnic area.
Upon returning to Clayton West passengers can take pleasure in the many facilities available to them. The outdoor play area is ideal for children to ‘let off some steam’ whilst the adults browse our extensive shop. The Café serves hot and cold seasonal food and drink whenever the Railway is open.
Special events held throughout the year.
Park Mill Way, Clayton West, Nr Huddersfield, HD8 9XJ
T. 01484 865727
A Great Family Day Out! Climb aboard our little steam trains for a scenic railway journey from Clayton West to Shelley, in the beautiful South Pennine Foothills. Cafe, shop, playground, miniature railway, picnic areas and bouncy castle. Special seasonal events. Birthday parties.
Park Mill Way, Clayton West, Clayton West HD8 9XJ.
T. 01484 865727
Get Lost in the Maize Maze, a fantastic family day out in the heart of the Yorkshire countryside.
2017 Season Opening Times – Coming Soon!
Jowett House Farm, Cawthorne, Barnsley, S75 4AS
T. 01226 791855
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 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