As well as boasting beautiful countryside, a castle and a 17th century mill on its doorstep, Barnsley bustles with attractions old and new. Among the town’s famous faces are TV personality Michael Parkinson, poet Ian McMillan, former union leader Arthur Scargill and world-famous author of Chocolat, Joanne Harris.

If it’s the wealth of attractions, natural beauty and industrial heritage that fi rst draw you to Barnsley, it’s the friendly people and generous hospitality that will keep you coming back.

With a mention in the Domesday Book, Barnsley’s historic roots can be seen far and wide, from the 18th century Wentworth Castle to Elsecar Heritage Centre in the former colliery workshops and from Cannon Hall Farm, an award-winning family run attraction sitting in the beautiful Pennine foothills, to antiques, collectables and a good dose of modern-day bargains at Barnsley Market.

Dedicated to Barnsley’s incredible heritage, the Experience Barnsley Museum and Discover Centre brings to life some fascinating and powerful human stories that resonate with people wherever they are from.

Elsecar Heritage Centre, Barnsley © Kyte photography

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