The latest from Wentworth Castle Gardens

The Corinthian Temple at Wentworth Castle Gardens

In September 2018 we announced that we're working in partnership with Barnsley Council and The Northern College to secure the future of Wentworth Castle Gardens. We're delighted that this special place is now open to visitors once again.

One of the country's greatest 18th century landscapes, Wentworth Castle Gardens is the only grade 1 listed park and garden in South Yorkshire. The gardens were closed to the public in 2017, but thanks to this new partnership we re-opened to visitors in June 2019.

A woman and child explore Lady Lucy's Walk, an avenue of lime trees

Planning your visit to Wentworth Castle Gardens

What is there to see when I visit? Can I bring the dog? Here’s everything you need to know if you're planning a visit to Wentworth Castle Gardens.

With 63 acres of formal gardens and 500 acres of wider parkland, there's be plenty for visitors to see and do in the gardens. The 18th century 'Union Jack' garden, restored Victorian conservatory and 'ancient' hill-top folly Stainborough Castle are all must-sees. There's lots of wildlife to discover too, with a resident deer herd in the parkland as well as buzzards, herons, and great crested newts.

The sham ruin of Stainborough Castle
The Stainborough Castle folly at Wentworth Castle Gardens
The sham ruin of Stainborough Castle

A tale of two Wentworths

Created in the 1740s, Wentworth Castle Gardens were built in the middle of a bitter family rivalry. Sir Thomas Wentworth had hoped to inherit his prestigeous family home, the nearby Wentworth Woodhouse estate, but it was passed down to his cousin instead. Dismayed at being sidelined by his family, Thomas built Wentworth Castle Gardens as a very public display of his own wealth and status – right on his cousin's doorstep.

Although they were created out of this Wentworth family feud, the reopened gardens will be a space for everyone to enjoy. The local community are at the heart of our plans for the site, with a programme of events, activities, volunteering and employment.

The house at Wentworth Castle Gardens

The gardens are built around the Wentworth Castle mansion house, home of The Northern College for the last forty years. Founded by the visionary Michael Barrett Brown, the college is a charity dedicated to the education and training of adults without formal qualifications. This unique college continues to operate from the house under our new partnership, so the house is not regularly open to the public today.

Become a volunteer

We're now recruiting for volunteers to join our team, as we work hard to restore this special place. Find out more about these roles by visiting and search Barnsley, or click on the link below.

Latest updates

08 Jun 19

Wentworth Castle Gardens reopens

We're delighted that Wentworth Castle Gardens is now open to visitors once again. Pay us a visit to find out more about what we're up to and how you can get involved.

29 May 19

Opening date announced

We're delighted to share the news that Wentworth Castle Gardens will reopen on Saturday 8 June 2019.

Visitors walk with their dog through the gardens at Wentworth Castle.

02 May 19

Apply to become a volunteer at Wentworth Castle Gardens

Apply now to become a volunteer at Wentworth Castle Gardens. There are eight different roles, with indoor and outdoor opportunities to choose from.