Wentworth Castle Gardens
Wentworth Castle Gardens & Stainborough Park is the only Grade One Listed landscape in South Yorkshire, and contains a fascinating collection of 26 listed buildings and monuments.
The estate is now in the process of being restored, and over £16m was raised to complete phase one of the restoration (2004-08). Rare formal gardens have been rediscovered, national collections of Rhododendrons, Camellias and Magnolias enhanced; and over 100,000 bulbs planted to create a carpet of colour.
Buildings and monuments have been repaired and opened to visitors for the first time. The majestic Stainborough Castle, built by Thomas Wentworth in 1730, has been consolidated as a romantic folly and offers panoramic views across the gardens and park - if you can find the energy to climb the steps to reach the top of the tower!
Over 500 acres of historic parkland can be explored from the Parkland Trail, which links several restored follies and native woods, through the beautiful countryside of Stainborough. Both red and fallow deer can be seen on a daily basis grazing in the park.
Concealed in the old walled garden is an exciting children's adventure playground, which features a zip slide, together with swings and a castle - complete with aerial walkways and slides! For the not-so adventurous it also has a sand pit and a collection of play equipment suitable for younger children. To see what's on at Wentworth Castle Gardens CLICK HERE
The visitor centre is located in a restored 18th century barn and contains a cafe, serving a delicious range of home-cooked food and refreshments.
With its atmospheric views, woodland walks and majestic follies - there is something for everyone to enjoy at Wentworth Castle Gardens & Stainborough Park throughout the year.
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Wentworth Castle is situated in the village of Stainborough near Barnsley, about 2 miles from Junction 37 of the M1
Directions by car
FOR SAT NAV USE POST CODE: S75 3EN
Wentworth Castle Gardens, Lowe Lane, Stainborough, Barnsley, S75 3ET
From the M1 motorway
Please follow the brown tourist and Garden directional signs after you leave the motorway at Junction 37 (Barnsley). Follow signs for Barnsley Town Centre (A628) ÃÂ¢Ã¢âÂ¬Ã¢â¬Å taking the first exit on the roundabout if you are coming from the north and the third exit on the roundabout if you are travelling from the south. Take middle lane (signed A6133) at the traffic lights. Turn right at traffic lights (signposted Doncaster A6133 ÃÂ¢Ã¢âÂ¬Ã¢â¬Å brown sign at junction). Continue along the dual carriageway until next set of traffic lights (approx 1 mile) where you turn right. Turn left at next junction after you have crossed over the motorway. Continue through Gilroyd until you reach Stainborough Village. Go straight forward at the crossroads junction, past the Strafford Arms pub and follow the estate road up the hill to the visitor car park. The entrance to the Gardens is through the Long Barn Visitor Centre.
From Manchester/Sheffield/Huddersfield via A616 and A628
From the town of Penistone travel towards Barnsley on the A628. Stay on the A628 through Silkstone and Dodworth until you reach Junction 37 of the M1.
By Rail or Coach
Upon arriving in Barnsley interchange you can either take a taxi (fare approx Ãâ£5.50) or bus (24 & 24A - Stocksbridge Circular). Contact National Rail Enquiries for details.
Services 23 and 24 from Barnsley Interchange to Penistone and Stocksbridge run along Lowe Lane to the site. For bus departure times, telephone Traveline on 01709 515151 or click here to visit the Traveline website.
Please note that despite its name, Wentworth Castle is not in the village of Wentworth near Rotherham (this is in fact a rival estate from the 18th century, known as Wentworth Woodhouse, and is eight miles away from Wentworth Castle).The directions above are for visitors to Wentworth Castle Gardens and Stainborough Park. If you wish to visit the Northern College for Adult Residential Education, please visit their website for directions: www.northern.ac.uk. There is a charge of Ãâ£3 per day for the use of the visitor car park. However, it is free to use if you pay to access the Gardens. To exit the car park you will need a token. These are available from the reception in the Visitor Centre. If you are a blue badge holder there is a parking area available for your use immediately in front of the Visitor Centre.
The Gardens are open daily, 10am-5pm, last admission 3.45pm. From October to March, 10am-4pm, last admission at 2.45pm.
Wentworth Castle Gardens, Lowe Lane,Stainborough, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 3ET2.37 miles 01226 776040
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