New homes in Barnsley
New homes in Barnsley
Welcome to Barnsley
From museums and theatres to parks and shops, Barnsley is a diverse Yorkshire town with plenty to offer its residents. If you’re on the hunt for a friendly community with great transport links and within easy reach of Sheffield and Leeds, a new home in Barnsley could be ideal for you.
A quick history
Barnsley was recorded in the Domesday Book and was small up until the 12th century when the monks of Pontefract Priory built a chapel and started a market. Thanks to the town’s location between London, Sheffield and Leeds, it began to thrive as more and more travellers passed through. In the 18th and 19th centuries Barnsley became known for manufacturing, and later for coal mining. By 1960 there were 70 collieries in the local area, but just over three decades later they had all but closed down.
Business and industry
Traditionally, industry in Barnsley has centred on glassmaking and coal mining, but over the years the local economy has evolved and modernised, especially after the closure of the mines. Today, major employers in the town include the ASOS warehouse, the makers of Mr Kipling, Premier Foods, bottle makers Rexam Glass, furniture makers Symphony, and doors and windows manufacturer Premdor U.K.
Things to do in the area
If you enjoy a little retail therapy, there are lots of places to go shopping including the high street stores at the Alhambra Shopping Centre and Cheapside, along with independent and designer shops at Arcade and Eldon Street. Barnsley also has a 700-year-old market with over 300 stalls, and is open five days a week in the town centre.
To discover more about local history, you can visit the museum at Barnsley Town Hall, or the volunteer-run Darfield Museum. If you have children, Locke Park is a great place to enjoy a family picnic, while Wentworth Castle and Gardens, Cannon Hall Museum and Elsecar Heritage Centre are all close by.
If you enjoy hiking or cycling in the great outdoors, the Peak District National Park is just a short drive away from Barnsley. For a leisurely round or two, head to Barnsley Golf Course or Silkstone Golf Club, before enjoying an evening of entertainment at The Academy Theatre or Lamproom Theatre.
Travel and commuting
Barnsley is close to the M1 and has its own train station with services to Wakefield, Leeds and Sheffield. To get to Leeds the car journey takes around 30 minutes, while the train journey is slightly longer at 35 minutes. Wakefield is slightly closer, either 15 minutes away by train or 20 minutes by car. Rotherham is a 20-minute drive from Barnsley, while Sheffield can be reached in 30 minutes by car or 25 minutes by train.
If you’re travelling to London, the easiest way to reach the capital is by train. The service from Barnsley to St Pancras International takes two hours 50 minutes, with a change at Sheffield. When you’re going abroad, Doncaster Sheffield Airport is only 45 minutes away by car.