If you want to visit a traditional chocolate box historic English village you’ve found it! With antique shops, two historic churches plus a fantastic garden centre and the magnificent Wentworth Woodhouse stately home, it’s well worth a day out. There’s even a village treasure hunt if you want to take part.
How to get there by public transport?
You can either catch a train to Elsecar and then 136 bus service operated by First to Wentworth, or a train to Rotherham and then the 136 bus service. Alternatively, if you wish to incorporate some active travel into your journey catch the number 2 bus service from Barnsley to Harley and then enjoy a 30 minute walk from Harley to Wentworth. There is also 66 bus service from Barnsley to Hoyland, where you can connect to the 136.
Free admission for everything, apart from the Family Farm at the garden centre (£2.75/adults and £2.50/children and senior citizens) and Wentworth Woodhouse, where pre-booked tours start from £20/person.
What is the best thing about the place/attraction?
Wentworth has got something for everyone. You can just go for a walk around this historic village, or visit Wentworth Garden Centre, where you can browse around the lovely shops, visit the farmers market, walk around the gardens or have lunch or afternoon tea in the Walled Garden Restaurant (the cakes are out of this world). There’s also a Pet and Aquatic Centre as well as an Adventure Playground. The only activity you have to pay for is entrance to the Family Farm.
There is also the magnificent Wentworth Woodhouse, one of the largest houses in Europe and two houses of totally different architectural styles built by The First Marquess of Rockingham between 1725 & 1750.
The house has been used for British TV mini-series Wives & Daughters, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrel, the TV drama series Victoria, as well as a few films such as the award-winning Mr. Turner and Darkest Hour, where it fills in for Buckingham Palace.
When is the best time to visit?
Wentworth has something to offer all year round. Keep an eye out for special events held at Wentworth Woodhouse, which include everything from music festivals to Christmas markets.
Offering two pubs, a bistro and cafés serving afternoon tea, there’s plenty of opportunity to recover from any walks.
Wentworth Woodhouse offers disabled toilets, but limited disabled access. All the tours require climbing stairs, but there are no lifts available. Wentworth Garden Centre has full disabled access including disabled parking bays.
If you go there, don’t miss…
The treasure hunt. It takes you looking for clues all over the village so you get to see it properly, learn about its history and have a good walk finished off with a lovely cake at the Garden Centre.
Photograph by Steve Shaw/courtesy of Rotherham Council