Wentworth Castle Gardens

View shows a patch of pink rhododendron in front of tall green leaved trees, with an expanse of  lush green grass in the foreground

Glorious gardens, woodland and parkland, created for the privileged few and preserved for everyone to enjoy

Wentworth Castle Gardens

Things to see and do

Visiting Wentworth Castle Gardens: What you need to know

Our gardens and parkland are open, along with the café, conservatory and second-hand bookshop.

Wentworth Castle Gardens

What's on 

Upcoming events

The Thomas Wentworth Garden Tour – a very important man you don’t know.

Thu 19 May 2022
11:00-11:45
Friday 6th, Wednesday 11th, Saturday 14th, Thursday 19th and Monday 23rd May

Walk and talk with a gardener

Fri 20 May 2022
11:00-11:45
Have you ever wandered around our beautiful gardens and wished you had an expert guide? Well now is your chance. Friday 20 and Wednesday 25 May

Birds, Bees and Butterflies

Sat 21 May 2022
11:00-11:45
Join Richard, our knowledgeable and experienced volunteer to see the different wildlife at Wentworth. Wednesday 4th, Saturday 7th, Thursday 12th, Monday 16th and Saturday 21st May

Give Orienteering a Go

Sun 22 May 2022
12:00-15:00
We've teamed up with the South Yorkshire Orienteers so you can give orienteering a go within the stunning surrounds of Wentworth Castle Gardens.

Parkland Monument Tour

Wed 25 May 2022
13:00-14:30
A steady guided walk through the Parkland to discover some key monuments on the estate. Friday 13th, Wednesday 18th and Wednesday 25th May

Early morning birdsong walk

Sat 04 Jun 2022
05:00-07:00
Hear the woodland and parkland birds at their brightest and loudest.
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Eating and shopping

The Long Barn at Wentworth Castle Gardens

The Long Barn Café at Wentworth Castle Gardens 

Our café is open and is serving a range of hot & cold drinks, and hot & cold snacks. Both indoor and outdoor seating available. We look forward to welcoming you back and thank you for your support, which helps us care for Wentworth Castle Gardens.

The second-hand bookshop at Wentworth Castle Gardens

The second-hand bookshop at Wentworth Castle Gardens 

Share in our passion for second-hand books and support the nature and landscapes you love by donating your books and picking up a great read at Wentworth Castle Gardens.

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History

Trainee teachers at Wentworth Castle enjoy their Christmas Ball, 1948

A house of hope 

The Wentworth Castle estate was created for the privileged few. It stood as a symbol of power and influence in the 18th century. But in the 1940s, everything changed.

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Our work

An aerial view of the Victorian flower garden and Union Jack garden at Wentworth Castle Gardens

Union Jack Garden Project  

Starting in September 2021, we are inviting local communities to actively contribute to the restoration and development of the Union Jack Garden.

Summer at Wentworth Castle Gardens

Stainborough Castle Project 

Specialist work to keep Stainborough Castle safe and standing, was completed in June 2021. Funded by Barnsley Council, this is part of a programme of ongoing works to improve the condition of the site.

A visitor writing her memories on a chalkboard

Our Partnership  

Through the unique partnership with Barnsley Museums and Northern College, our projects give more people access to our site, helping us to develop it as an inspiring place for everyone to enjoy.

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Get involved

Volunteers working in the garden at Wentworth Castle, South Yorkshire

Volunteer at Wentworth Castle Gardens 

We are currently recruiting new volunteers at Wentworth Castle Gardens.

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Learning

Pupil takes part in a creative writing workshop at Wentworth Castle Gardens

Learning at Wentworth Castle Gardens 

Heritage sites provide unique opportunities for children to explore extraordinary spaces through immersive and enriching activities. Find out how Wentworth Castle Gardens is getting school children involved in this special site...