Five Hidden Barnsley Treasures
10 Feb 2016
1. NUM Hall, Victoria Road, Barnsley.
This Victorian hall, once a seat of power to rival the House of Commons, is bedecked with colliery banners and mining memorabilia. It hosts regular heritage open days and its staff are both passionate and knowledgable. Barnsley’s heritage is encapsulated in one beautiful, vibrant building.
Whether you’re looking to stock up on delicious local produce or treat yourself to lunch, Rob Royd Farm-shop at Worsborough is well worth a stop. The shop has a full working butchery on site, a bakery, deli and kitchen. We challenge you to leave without stocking up on home-made jam and preserves!
3. Rabbit Ings
This country park was created on a former colliery yard and spoil heap. The 76 hectare park near Royston has stunning views over Barnsley and a striking image of a rabbit is carved on the hillside - created with the help of 192 local school children. The routes are wheelchair-accessible and great for cycling. Well worth a weekend trip.
The Cooper Gallery is a hidden gem. Its exhibitions change regularly and the latest exhibition combines history, community engagement and contemporary ceramics. The gallery sells unique jewellery and gifts and the gallery café is one of the best places in town for lunch. Check out the homemade quiches!
5. Bower Dell
Did you know there’s a riverside picnic area at Oxspring? It might not be picnic weather at the moment but it’s worth remembering on a sunny day. The picnic area, complete with benches, is well away from the road and only a stroll from the village park. Perfect for family outings (and there’s a pub 100m away).