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Barnsley [1] is a medium-sized town in Yorkshire, England.

Understand

It used to be famous for its coal industry, which has now disappeared. Barnsley Council are pioneering a scheme called Remaking Barnsley, including the building of a new £23m transport interchange and a halo of light around the city.

In the last 10 years or so, the fortunes of Barnsley have been on the upturn, with commerce and industry building their premises on the sites of the old coal mines. The town is becoming more popular due to the low cost of living compared to nearby Sheffield and Leeds, with some people living in Barnsley but commuting to work in one of these cities. There is still a strong sense of community in the town.

Barnsley Football Club[2] is one of the main talking points for sports fans, and is something that many Barnsley folk take great pride in.

Get in

By plane

  1. Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport
  2. Leeds Bradford Airport
  3. Manchester Airport
  4. Nottingham East Midlands Airport
  5. Humberside Airport

All the above are within 2 hours drive of Barnsley. Manchester has the most connections and airlines, but the budget and charter airlines tend to use the other airports.

By train

  • Barnsley railway station, part of Barnsley Transport Interchange [3] is in the town centre. There are regular services throughout the day to Sheffield, Leeds, Wakefield and Huddersfield, plus a handful of direct services to London (St Pancras). A wide range of national services are available in Sheffield and Leeds for connections.

By car

The M1 motorway is the main route into Barnsley as it runs down the side of the town.

By bus

The Transport Interchange doubles as a bus station, and also has regular services.

By boat

This is not currently possible. The Dearne and Dove Canal [4] runs through Barnsley, but is mostly derelict today. However, the Barnsley, Dearne and Dove Canals Trust [5] is trying to restore the canal to full working order.

Get around

A fairly adventurous person could walk around Barnsley, but there are also many bus stops around the town and countryside.

The Trans Pennine Trail [6] may be a more fitting route for cyclists or horseriders, but be very safety conscious when alone and beware of illegal motorbikes.

See

  • The Yorkshire Sculpture Park [7] boasts beautiful scenery and sculptures from the likes of Elizabeth Frink, Barbara Hepworth, Antony Gourmley and Henry Moore.
  • The Cooper Art Gallery
  • Barnsley Town Hall - has an art-deco style clock tower that rises up into the skyline
  • Barnsley Markets - as well as the general stalls (selling everything from chocolate to carpets), try the specialist fish and meat market in the indoors section.
  • Locke Park

Do

Barnsley is famous for it's nightlife, as evidenced by the number of pubs, bars and clubs in the town centre. If that's not your scene, then head to the suburbs of town where you'll find quiet restaurants, a number of friendly local pubs, and more family-friendly places.

  • Canon Hall [8] is a stately home and grounds on the outskirts of Barnsley, near Cawthorne. The grounds of the house are popular in the summer for a picnic, or just for wandering around. The house itself has a museum, and also runs regular historically-themed events especially during school holidays and on summer evenings.
  • Canon Hall Open Farm [9] is right next door to Canon Hall, and is a favourite with children who love to see the animals (from lambs to llamas)!

Learn

  • Barnsley Central Library has a large collection of books (fiction and non-fiction), a reference section, and a learning centre that offers self-study courses on a wide range of topics. Public internet access is also available. The library is on Shambles Street (almost opposite the top of Market Hill). NB: The library will be closed for renovation in late 2006, and is expected to re-open in January 2007.
  • Barnsley College [10] has recently had a new Science and Technology centre opened on its Old Mill Lane site. The college offers vocational subjects as well as A levels, night classes and degrees.
  • The town also has many primary schools and secondary schools. The Kingstone School [11] recently achieved Performing Arts Status and so is a community school, boasting a new music block with many activities going on.


Work

Buy

The (indoor and outdoor) Barnsley Market is famous - a great place to meet local people. It can be found near to the Transport Interchange. The markets are generally open every Wednesday and Saturday.

The shops are open from around 9am-5pm most days apart from Sundays. The Arcade is a covered area found off Market Hill that offers a more upmarket arena with designer boutiques such as Frank Bird's menswear, and Market Hill's Pollyanna is a famously expensive shop and café owned by Rita Britain.

If you don't want to brave the elements then The Alhambra shopping centre is on offer with a pleasant array of shops and a café.

However, it is also worth checking out the Meadowhall Retail Park [12] about 20 minutes away from town, which stays open till 9pm on weekdays, along with fast-food, restaurants and entertainment areas staying open till 10pm. This is easily reachable by train or bus.

During the Christmas holidays all the shops stay open very late and on Sundays and there is a special German Christmas Market. During this season there is usually a variety of brass bands playing.

Eat

The coffee shop in Pollyanna (top of Market Hill) serves delightfully indulgent snacks and light meals. It's a great retreat from the bustling shops and markets. The coffee shop is right at the back of the store.

In the many restaurants around Barnsley, you may see the Barnsley Chop or Barnsley Double on the menu. This is a cut of lamb that is famous as a local Barnsley delicacy.

Drink

Sleep

  • Brooklands[13] is a modern hotel just outside the town centre with restaurant and conference facilities. There is a fitness centre next door, with various excercise equipment and a pool.
  • Bluebell Inn[14] is also just outside town, and is a modern building that offers budget accommodation for business travellers and families.

There are various hotels further afield, a few miles from the town centre. There are also a small number of guest houses. These can be found (and booked) through the Tourist Information office in Barnsley Central Library, or online through the Yorkshire Tourist Board[15].

Contact

Phone

  • The area code for all Barnsley telephone numbers is 01226 when dialled from within the United Kingdom or +441226 internationally.

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