Wentworth Castle Gardens
What is it?
Glorious gardens, woodland and parkland, created for the privileged few and preserved for everyone to enjoy
Working together with Barnsley Council and Northern College, this estate, rooted in rivalry, will now provide a space to bring people together. Royal diplomat Thomas Wentworth was outraged when a cousin inherited his family home, Wentworth Woodhouse in 1695, and was determined to outdo him, creating this place once known as ‘the finest garden in England’. Today it is South Yorkshire’s only Grade I registered landscape, with acres of parkland and gardens to explore. There are surprises along every avenue, including a castle that is not what it seems. Note: house closed to visitors as it houses Northern College, which offers residential adult education courses.
When is it?
The gardens are now open seven days a week from 10am until 5pm.
Where is it?
Wentworth Castle Gardens, Park Drive, Barnsley, S75 3EN
Parking: Car parking is available off Lowe Lane, Stainborough.
How much is it?
Adult ticket from £8.50
Child ticket from £4.25
Family ticket from £21.25
Or Free for national trust members
What is there to do?
Pretend you’re a knight in a ‘medieval’ castle Thomas Wentworth built his own fake-medieval fortress, which he called Stainborough Castle. Complete with turrets and a gatehouse, it’s a perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon playing pretend, just like Thomas did!
Spot wildlife in the park The parkland at Wentworth stretches over 500 acres, and it’s full of wildlife you can spot. Look out for the herd of deer that roam freely in the park and the hares that spring through the grass. Keep your eyes out for buzzards flying above your head, or look closely by the Keepers' Pond and Serpentine River for the rare great crested newt.
Play hide and seek in the Union Jack Garden This wild maze of plants looks just like the flag from above, but beware – it’s easy to lose yourself in there! Explore this giant cross-cross garden, the ideal spot for a game of hide and seek amongst the plants.
Burn off some energy Explore the adventure playground and spend hours having fun in the great outdoors. Or venture out into the gardens and parkland for some natural play. Will you find the perfect spot to build a den?
Pack a picnic Make the most of this beautiful place and enjoy your lunch in the great outdoors at one of Wentworth Castle Gardens’ perfect picnic spots. Stainborough Castle is a favourite place to stop and enjoy a bite to eat, or find a spot that looks out over the parkland to watch the deer roaming as you take a break.
The café in the Long Barn is open too, serving hot and cold food, drinks, cakes and snacks.
What to bring:
- Good walking shoes,
- Weather appropriate clothing,
- Camera or smartphone to capture your day.
Who to contact
Where to go
- Wentworth Castle Gardens
- S75 3EN
Parking: Car parking is available off Lowe Lane, Stainborough
- Table of costs
Table of costs Amount Cost Type Adult - Standard £8.50 Child - Standard £4.70 Family Standard - £21.25
- Free admission for national trust members. You can choose to add gift aid to your entry fee for a small token extra payment.