Wentworth Castle Gardens

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Wentworth Castle Gardens ia a magnificent estate steeped in history and rivalry. This landscape, once hailed ashas been preserved for all to enjoy, thanks to a partnership with Barnsley Council and Northern College.

A Rivalry Rooted in History

Royal diplomat Thomas Wentworth’s ambition knew no bounds. Outraged when a cousin inherited his family home, Wentworth Woodhouse, in 1695, he embarked on a mission to outshine his rival. His relentless determination gave birth to this breathtaking garden.

A Complex Legacy

Thomas Wentworth’s wealth was closely tied to the empire and the slave trade. He played a pivotal role in negotiating the Treaty of Utrecht, securing Britain’s status as a supplier of enslaved Africans to Spanish colonies in the New World. Despite this tumultuous past, Wentworth Castle Gardens now offers a space for relaxation, contemplation, and communion with nature.

Discover a Unique Heritage

Wentworth Castle Gardens boasts the distinction of being South Yorkshire’s only Grade I registered landscape. Every avenue within its expansive grounds hides tales of power, wealth, family disputes, and resilience. Monuments, statues, and buildings here offer a glimpse into the history.

Key Features:

  • Garden: South Yorkshire’s sole Grade I-registered landscape, featuring a formal garden and historically significant monuments.
  • Conservatory: Immerse yourself in the Victorian conservatory, restored to its former glory in 2013, showcasing a diverse array of plants from around the world.
  • Stainborough Castle: Completed in 1731, this gothic folly with medieval-style turrets provides a picturesque spot for picnics.
  • Parkland: Explore 500 acres of rolling parkland, uncovering landmarks like the Rotunda and Serpentine Bridge, along with ancient woodlands adorned with carpets of bluebells in May.
  • Playground: Embark on a castle conquest, glide along the zip-line, and let your little ones explore the adventure playground.
  • Long Barn Cafe and Second-hand Bookshop: Enjoy a warm beverage and a delectable bite at the café or peruse the second-hand bookshop.

Plan Your Visit


  • Free entry for National Trust members.
  • 25% off for foster families and families of children with additional needs with the Max Card.
  • Essential Companion cardholders can bring one or two carers or companions for free.
  • For non-National Trust members: Adult £6.00, Child £3.00.

Accessibility Statement

For detailed accessibility information, please refer to the Accessibility Statement.


Wentworth Castle Gardens, Park Drive, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 3EN
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