Planning your visit to Wentworth Castle Gardens

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

After being closed for two years, South Yorkshire’s only grade I registered landscape has now reopened. Here’s everything you need to know before you visit Wentworth Castle Gardens.

Alongside Barnsley Council and Northern College, we’re beginning a long journey to restore this much-loved place.

Over the coming months and years we’ll be working with volunteers, Northern College students, the local community and our visitors to care for and develop the gardens – it’s a work in progress and we want lots of people to be involved. That means that some areas might not look pristine when you come but you will have the chance to find out about what it takes to care for a landscape like this, and maybe even play a part yourself in shaping the future of the garden. And with formal gardens, rolling parkland and some of the finest picnic spots in Yorkshire, there's plenty to enjoy at Wentworth Castle Gardens.

When can I visit?

Wentworth Castle Gardens is now open to visitors. We were delighted to reopen this special place on Saturday 8 June 2019.

What can I see when I visit?

With 63 acres of gardens and 500 acres of parkland to explore, you can spend the whole day at Wentworth Castle Gardens. Whether it's your first time visiting or you're looking forward to seeing this special place once again, discover some of our must-sees on a day out at Wentworth.

Can I explore the house?

The house at Wentworth Castle Gardens will not normally be open to visitors. This impressive building is home to Northern College, a residential college offering a range of different courses for students. As a National Trust visitor you'll be free to explore the gardens, Victorian conservatory, and parkland around the house.

What is there for families?

We’ve got everything you need for an unforgettable family day out. Look out for wildlife in the parkland, play hide and seek in a castle, or just burn off some energy in the great outdoors. Discover our top tips for family days out at Wentworth Castle Gardens.

A family explore the Stainborough Castle folly at Wentworth Castle Gardens

Family days out at Wentworth Castle Gardens

With perfect picnic spots and a castle that’s not quite what it seems, here are just a few ideas for some extra-special family days out at Wentworth Castle Gardens.

Can I get something to eat?

Yes there is food and drink available on site. The café at Wentworth Castle Gardens is in the Long Barn, serving hot and cold food, drinks, cakes and snacks.

Can I bring the dog?

Dogs are very welcome at Wentworth Castle Gardens. We ask that you keep dogs on a short lead in both the garden and parkland for the safety of farm animals and wildlife on the estate, and for the enjoyment of all of our visitors. Please put any dog waste in the bin.

How do I get there?

Wentworth Castle Gardens is a stone's throw from Barnsley, and easily accessible from Sheffield too. We'd encourage everyone who can to use public transport when they visit – if you're arriving by train, Dodworth station is around 1.5 miles away, and there are regular buses from Barnsley. You can use the Travel South Yorkshire website to plan your trip. If you're driving, take junction 37 off the M1. The postcode for your satnav is S75 3EN and parking is just off Lowe Lane.

What is there to do nearby?

There are some great National Trust places nearby, including Nostell, Clumber Park and Hardwick Hall. And while you're in the area, make sure you pay a visit the five Barnsley Museums: Cannon Hall, Worsbrough Mill, Cooper Gallery, Elsecar Heritage Centre and Experience Barnsley.

Is there a link to Wentworth Woodhouse?

Both Wentworth Castle Gardens and the nearby estate Wentworth Woodhouse were built by members of the same extended family, and there's a fascinating history of family rivalry that connects them. Wentworth Woodhouse is now owned and run by the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust, who run guided tours of the house and gardens. It is not run by the National Trust, although National Trust members do get 50% discount on tours. You can find out more about visiting Wentworth Woodhouse below.

The East Front of Wentworth Woodhouse

Visit Wentworth Woodhouse 

Visit Wentworth Woodhouse, just outside Rotherham. National Trust members can enjoy 50% discount on all guided tours.