Working together to secure the future of Wentworth Castle Gardens

The Victorian Garden at Wentworth Castle Gardens

We’re working in partnership with Barnsley Council and The Northern College to help secure the future of Wentworth Castle Gardens in South Yorkshire.

Subject to a legal agreement, we plan to take on a 25 year lease which would see Wentworth Castle Gardens reopen in summer 2019. 

Discussions have been ongoing between all three organisations since the site closed in April 2017. The reopening would see the gardens and parkland – the only grade 1 listed park and garden in South Yorkshire – complement the cultural offer of museums and attractions in the region. The local community will be at the heart of our plans for the site, through a programme of events, activities, volunteering and employment.

" "We want to ensure that everyone visiting next year will be made very welcome and once again be able to enjoy this as a place to explore, walk, relax, play and spend time together outdoors.”"
- Joanna Royle, assistant director in the north

Wentworth Castle Gardens was the home of Thomas Wentworth, whose ambitions for the site were brought to life in the 1740s. After falling into disrepair it underwent significant investment and was opened to visitors in 2007 by the Wentworth Castle and Stainborough Park Heritage Trust, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and others. 

Joanna Royle, assistant director in the north, says “Wentworth Castle Gardens is such an important and beautiful place, and it is a vital green space for local communities. We’re looking forward to building on the hard work of Wentworth Castle and Stainborough Park Heritage Trust at the site, whilst sharing the rich heritage and stories of the gardens and its creators. But above all, we want to ensure that everyone visiting next year will be made very welcome and once again be able to enjoy this as a place to explore, walk, relax, play and spend time together outdoors.”

The site does remain closed for now, but in the meantime work will be carried out to prepare the visitor facilities, including a new café and shop alongside an improved car park. We’ve also begun recruitment of several core jobs. For more details on these roles, visit our jobs page.