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About Darton

Welcome to Darton, where we will learn about the art and history of the town and the villages around it. Darton is a large village in the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley on the border with West Yorkshire; nestled in the heart of South Yorkshire, the village is home to a rich history that dates back centuries.

What is the Population of Darton?

According to the 2021 Census, Darton has a population of 15,017 people, 7,273 of whom are men and 7,804 of whom are women.

Darton Location

Darton to Barnsley Town Centre is 12 min (3.8 miles) via A635.

Darton to Meadowhall is located 23 min (17.4 miles) via M1.

Darton to Manchester Airport is 1 hr 14 min (68.3 miles) via M62.

Darton to Leeds 33 min (20.4 miles) via M1

Darton to Leeds Bradford Airport 52 min (27.2 miles) via M1

Darton to Manchester City Centre 1 hr 15 min (62.9 miles) via M62

Darton to Sheffield City Centre 40 min (22.8 miles) via M1

Darton to Cannon Hall 12 min (4.6 miles) via A635

Darton to National Coal Mining Museum for England 17 min (8.0 miles) via A637

Darton to The Yorkshire Sculpture Park 8 min (3.4 miles) via A637 and Huddersfield Rd/A637


 Brief History of Darton


The name Darton is believed to be formed by combining the surname Dearne with the Anglo-Saxon word "tonne," which meant "town." As a result, it was referred to as "the town on the Dearne."

Other sources, on the other hand, refute this explanation and assert that the name derives from a description of a deer enclosure or something comparable.

The hamlet of Dertone was in the wapentake of Staincross in the year 1086. Since the hamlet eventually developed into a village, the Parish of Darton was established in 1150, the same year the first church in the parish was constructed. It was not until much later, in 1539, that an official register of baptisms, deaths, and marriages was first started in England. This was the case throughout the country.

Historically, the parish was in the West Riding of Yorkshire; however, when South Yorkshire was established as a county in 1974, the parish was incorporated into South Yorkshire.


 Current Day Darton


Darton has its own station on Northern's Hallam Line, which connects Sheffield and Leeds via train. Even though the station is in South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire Metro tickets are valid to and from it.

This is because the West-South Yorkshire boundary separated the village from Woolley Colliery, its primary source of employment.

On 15 June 2007, Darton made the national news after 48 hours of torrential rain caused the river Dearne to overflow its banks, resulting in severe flooding in the village. The village's main road was rendered impassable, and many homes and businesses, including the post office, which reopened in June 2008, were damaged.

In January 2008, additional flooding occurred, but the damage and disruption caused were less severe than the previous year.


Golf in Darton

Barnsley Golf Club
Wakefield Rd
Barnsley S75 6JZ
Phone: 01226 382856

Wooley Park Golf Club
New Rd, Woolley,
Wakefield WF4 2JJ
Phone: 01226 380144

Woodlands Driving Range
Wakefield Rd,
Barnsley S75 6JZ
Phone: 01226 390779

Darton Railway Station

Apart from the typical waiting shelters on either side, the station is now unmanned and has no permanent structures (the old structures were demolished after the station lost staffing in 1970). There is step-free access to both platforms, and timetable posters and digital display screens provide information about train schedules.


Leeds is served hourly via Wakefield Kirkgate and Castleford in the north. Sheffield is served hourly via Barnsley in the south. On Sundays, the service runs every two hours in both directions.

To find timetables and purchase tickets. Find out more here.

Education in Darton  

Darton has two schools, Darton Primary School and a secondary school named Darton Academy, which opened in 2011 in Kexborough. The new structure (renamed school) replaced Darton High School, formerly Darton Hall Senior School, which had occupied the exact location since 1957.

To read the latest Ofsted rating and reports for the Darton Academy find more here. For those of you with young children of primary school age, you can read about the Darton Primary School here

Surgeries and Clinics in Darton, Barnsley


Darton Health Centre
Health Visitor,
Church St
Phone: 01226 219123

Dr Gerald Eko
Church St,
Phone: 01226 219123

Hill Brow Surgery (Clinic)
Phone: 01226 383131

Pharmacies in Darton


Darton Pharmacy - Alphega Pharmacy
67 Church St,
Phone: 01226 383225

Kexborough Pharmacy
3 Ballfield Lane,
Phone: 01226 388475

Gate House Pharmacy
Phone: 01226 382422

Things to See and Do Around Darton.


Cannon Hall


Cannon Hall is a country house museum located 5 miles (8 kilometres) west of Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England, between the villages of Cawthorne and High Hoyland. Originally the home of the Spencer and later the Spencer-Stanhope families, it now houses fine furniture, paintings, ceramics, and glassware collections and is well worth a visit or even a walk around the estate followed by a visit to the local farm shop, garden center or one of the many cafés, restaurants to be found. Find everything you need to know here.


 Cannon Hall Farm


Cannon Hall Farm is the ideal destination for a day out with the children. The Farm is a multi-award-winning attraction run by the Nicholson family located in the picturesque Pennine foothills.


 The Yorkshire Sculpture Park


The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is the foremost international centre for contemporary and modern sculpture in the United Kingdom. It is an independent charitable trust and registered museum in West Yorkshire on 500 acres of 18th-century landscape.

Hours of Operation Daily; gallery and store hours vary. Find out more.


National Trust - Wentworth Castle Gardens


In collaboration with Barnsley Council and Northern College, this formerly antagonistic estate has been transformed into a space for community building.

In 1695, a royal diplomat, Thomas Wentworth, was outraged when a cousin inherited his family home, Wentworth Woodhouse. (“Wentworth Castle Gardens | South Yorkshire | National Trust”) Wentworth, renowned for his ferocious ambition, was determined to outdo his rival by creating what was once considered "England's finest garden."

The wealth of Wentworth was intricately intertwined with the empire and the slave trade. He was one of the chief negotiators of the Treaty of Utrecht, which secured the supply of enslaved Africans to Spanish colonies in the New World from Britain.

Despite its troubled history, this breathtaking landscape provides space for relaxation, reflection, and opportunities to appreciate nature and beauty. Today, it is the only registered Grade I landscape in South Yorkshire.


National Coal Mining Museum for England


Visitors can experience miners' working conditions and the equipment they employ at the mine. The industry evolved by taking one of the museum's guided underground tours.

More than a dozen galleries in the museum's above-ground location, which is on a 45-acre (18 ha) semi-rural site, provide documentation of the social and industrial history of the mines. An original copy of De re Metallica can be found in the extensive library and archive, with copies of "Coal News" and information on collieries across England. On-site original features include the coal screening plant, steam winding house, boiler house, and pit head baths.

The site's wooded valley area is connected by an interpretive nature trail. Find out more.


Property Prices in Darton (April 2023) 


Darton House Prices Over the last year, the average house price in Darton has been £199,071. Most sales in Darton over the last year were semi-detached homes, which sold for an average of £187,948. Terraced homes sold for an average of £143,000, while detached homes sold for an average of £312,500.

Overall, sold prices in Darton increased by 8% over the previous year and 12% over the 2007 peak of £178,323. (Source Rightmove) 2023


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