Family days out at Wentworth Castle Gardens

With acres of gardens and parkland to explore, you can keep the whole family happy with a day out at Wentworth Castle Gardens. Bring a picnic, spot wildlife, or just play hide and seek. Make the most of this special outdoor place, on the doorstep of Barnsley and Sheffield.

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'50 things to do before you're 11¾' at Wentworth Castle Gardens

Here's a list of some of '50 Things' you could get up to during your visit to Wentworth Castle Gardens.

Children orienteering

Family orienteering at Wentworth Castle Gardens

Our family orienteering challenge gives you the chance to explore our special place in a whole new way.

Father and son sword fight at the castle folly

Pretend you’re a knight in a ‘medieval’ castle

Thomas Wentworth (the man who created Wentworth Castle Gardens in the 1700s) built his own fake-medieval fortress, which he called Stainborough Castle. Complete with turrets and a gatehouse, it’s a perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon playing pretend.

Deer in the parkland at Wentworth Castle Gardens, with the Rotunda behind

Spot wildlife in the park

The parkland at Wentworth stretches over 500 acres, and it’s full of wildlife you can spot. Look out for the herd of deer that roam freely in the park, and the hares that spring through the grass. Keep your eyes out for buzzards flying above your head, or look closely by the Keepers' Pond and Serpentine River for the rare great crested newt.

Children play in the garden at Wentworth Castle Gardens

Play hide and seek in the Union Jack Garden

This wild maze of plants looks just like the flag from above, but beware – it’s easy to lose yourself in there! Explore this giant cross-cross garden, the ideal spot for a game of hide and seek amongst the plants.

Boy playing the Autumn leaves at Wentworth Castle Gardens

Burn off some energy

Explore the adventure playground and spend hours having fun in the great outdoors. Or venture out into the gardens and parkland for some natural play. Will you find the perfect spot to build a den?

Family walking up to the Sun Monument

A monumental history lesson

You don’t need to be in a stuffy classroom to learn about the history of this amazing place. Did you know Wentworth Castle Gardens has some of the country’s oldest monuments dedicated to influential women? Discover more about the history of this fascinating place (including the family rivalry that inspired it) with a walk around the statues and buildings in the garden.

A family enjoy a picnic on the grass

Pack a picnic

Make the most of this beautiful place and enjoy your lunch in the great outdoors at one of Wentworth Castle Gardens’ perfect picnic spots. Stainborough Castle is a favourite place to stop and enjoy a bite to eat, or find a spot that looks out over the parkland to watch the deer roaming as you take a break. The café in the Long Barn is open too, serving hot and cold food, drinks, cakes and snacks.

School Students on the BMBC Schools Programme

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...

A family exploring Wentworth Castle Gardens in autumn

Wentworth Castle Gardens Supports Family Arts Standards

Wentworth Castle Gardens is proud to support the Family Arts Standards Campaign, demonstrating our commitment to family audiences.