Location and opening/closing times

Park Road, Barnsley, S70 1YG.

Locke Park is on the A6133 Park Road about a mile from junction 37 of the M1 motorway and 800 metres out of the town centre.

The park is open daily from dawn to dusk.

Visit Friends of Locke Park on X or Friends of Locke Park on Facebook.

Park facilities/features

  • Children's play area up to age 14
  • Cafe
  • Public toilets
  • Bandstand
  • Events area
  • Bowling green and pavilion
  • Listed tower
  • Car park
  • Coming soon - multi use games area
  • Friends group
  • AccessAble

Getting to the park

If you’re travelling by car, the main car park is on Keresforth Hill Road.

For bus times, call the South Yorkshire Traveline on (01709) 515151 or visit the Travel South Yorkshire website.

History of Locke Park

Locke Park was founded in 1861 when Phoebe Locke gifted 17 acres of land to be used for the benefit of the people of Barnsley.  It was known as the People’s Park and officially opened on 10 June 1862.

When Phoebe Locke died in 1866, a magnificent Observation Tower was erected on the highest point in the park in her memory. It opened to the public on 20 October 1877, giving visitors 360 degree panoramic views from its two platforms.

The park’s bandstand, manufactured by the Loan Foundry Company, Kirkintiloch, was added in 1908.

Other parks in the local area



Broadway Recreation Ground

  • Football

Cranbrook Street

  • Children's play area up to age 11

Highstone Lane Recreation Ground

  • Children's play area up to age 11
  • Multi use games area
  • Bowling green
  • Football

Spring Street, Town Centre

  • Children's play area up to age 14

Stanhope Street

  • Children's play area up to age 11

Park services enquiry

Phone (01226) 774353 or