Wentworth Castle Gardens & Stainborough Park - extending to over 500 acres – is the former seat of the Earls of Strafford and has been the subject of a major restoration project. Rare formal gardens have been rediscovered and new gardens created to bring the estate back to its former glory. It is the only Grade 1 listed parkland in South Yorkshire.
The estate is home to National Collections of Rhododendrons, Camellias and Magnolias, which have been enhanced over recent years and more than 100,000 bulbs have been planted to create a carpet of colour. With atmospheric views, avenues of trees, woodland walks and majestic follies, there is something for everyone to enjoy in the Gardens throughout the year.
Other Things to See and Do
A wonderful chjldren’s adventure playground, a parkland of 26 listed follies and monuments with deer roaming free and a ruined castle to explore. There are regular special events such as open-air concerts and plays, children’s activities, historical re-enactments and craft fairs.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, the National Mining Museum and Cannon Hall are just a few of the many great places to visit, and the varied attractions of Leeds and Sheffield are only a half-hour drive away. Situated in delightful countryside just outside Barnsley, Wentworth Castle Gardens is close to the Transpennine Trail – a coast-to-coast path popular with walkers, riders and cyclists.
Places to Stay
A range of competively-priced accommodation within easy reach. Here are some alternatives VIEW
How to Find Us
Signposted from the M1, Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Just 5 mins from Junction 37
The Gardens are open daily, April to September10am-5pm, last admission 4.30pm. From October to March, 10am-4pm, last admission at 3.30pm.
Adult (17 years and over) £4.95
Concession (aged 60+, Registered Disabled, FE/HE Student) £3.95
Children (5-16years) £2.95
Children (under 5) FREE
Family (2+1) £12.00
Family (2+2) £15.00 + any additional children on a Family ticket £2.00
Season Tickets also available.
Car parking is free for visitors paying Garden admission but visitors to the Parkland must buy a car park token (currently £3.00 per car) from the Long Barn Visitor Centre. RHS members free entry to the Garden on presentation of their membership card, but must pay for car parking.
Food & Drink
The café in the Long Barn Visitor Centre has a varied seasonal menu of meals and snacks.
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In addition to a very active Friends of Wentworth group, there are lots of volunteer opportunities. From gardening to helping out in the shop or café, assisting at the many special events held at Wentworth or working behind the scenes…volunteer help is always welcome and much appreciated.