Welcome to Barnsley

Barnsley is a thriving borough with a proud tradition of coal and glass. We're famous for our award-winning markets and outstanding museums and galleries.

Bordering on the Peak District National Park, Barnsley has beautiful outdoor spaces, popular attractions to visit and hidden gems.

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With famous places of interest and some fantastic hidden gems, visitors to Barnsley aren't short of things to do.

You can watch a performance at the Lamproom Theatre, view fine art at the Cooper Gallery or take a step back in time at the majestic Cannon Hall museum.

With a cosmopolitan mix of cafes, theatres, art galleries and museums including Experience Barnsley - an engaging museum about Barnsley created by the people of Barnsley, the town has an excellent offering when it comes to culture.


Barnsley town centre is packed full of independent shops, high street stores and is home to one of the best markets in South Yorkshire.

Venturing further into the outskirts of the town and its neighbouring villages, visitors can discover hidden hamlets with excellent shopping opportunities and farm shops stocked with exceptional local produce.


Bordering onto the Peak District, Barnsley has some enchanting outdoor spaces.

You can spend a quiet afternoon at Monk Bretton Priory, explore the extraordinary Yorkshire Sculpture Park, stroll through the landscaped gardens at the National Trust’s first South Yorkshire attraction - Wentworth Castle Gardens, or cycle along the Trans Pennine Trail.

Children will enjoy a family outing to Cannon Hall Farm to meet the animals and play in the adventure playground.

Town centre

The Glass Works is the name given to our town centre redevelopment - full of retail, restaurants, cafes and leisure that's transforming Barnsley town centre. It includes our new:

Barnsley is one of the first towns in the country to commission a permanent COVID memorial sculpture, paying tribute to those who've lost their lives and acknowledging the admirable and inspirational contribution of key workers, volunteers and local communities during the pandemic crisis. Positioned at the heart of the public square, it depicts seven figures cast in bronze, including a carer and nurse, and represents a tribute to key workers.


Our borough profile covers a wide spectrum of information and data about the borough, including demographics, health and wellbeing, employment and learning.

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