Barnsley Markets

Trading since 1249

Our town centre market is one of the oldest in Great Britain. It traces its origins right back to 1249 when a market was held under a market cross at the top of what is now Market Hill. 

The market cross is long gone, but the market has thrived. Its seen many changes and survived difficult times, such as rationing during the war and being dug up to build air raid shelters. But the market has always been the commercial heart of Barnsley. Even during the depression of the 1930s, 50,000 people shopped there every week and traders came from as far as Blackpool, Manchester and Bradford to sell at Barnsley's market.

The market still attracts visitors from far and wide; more than 100 stalls and cafes serve on average 64,000 people a week. Exciting times lie ahead as the market moves to a new building in 2018 and the tradition continues.