Locke Park

Park Road, Barnsley S70 1YG

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

The park is open daily from dawn to dusk.

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.

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.

If you’re travelling by bus, call the South Yorkshire Traveline on (01709) 515151 or visit the Travel South Yorkshire website for bus routes and times.

Other parks in the Kingstone 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

Contact us

Call: (01226) 774353

Write to: Parks Services, Barnsley Council, PO Box 634, Barnsley S70 9GG