New Homes in Barnsley
Welcome to Barnsley
Whether you’re enjoying some retail therapy, exploring country parks or visiting local museums, there’s lots to see and do in the Yorkshire town of Barnsley. If you’re looking for a place to live within easy reach of Sheffield and Leeds, with good transport links and easy access to the countryside, a new home in Barnsley could be the right choice for you and your family.
A quick history
Barnsley had a population of 200 people at the time of the Domesday Book, recorded in the late 11th century. The land was given to Pontefract Priory in the mid-12th century, and a town grew around the monastery, with the Domesday settlement becoming known as Old Barnsley.
By the 13th century a weekly market was held in the town, along with an annual Michaelmas fair. From the 17th century, Barnsley was a stop-off point for travellers between London and Yorkshire, and later the town became an important weaving, manufacturing and glassmaking town.
The UK’s largest independent glass recycling company, Glass Recycling UK Ltd, is based in the town, while the National Union of Mineworkers still has its HQ in Barnsley.
Business and industry
Employers in Barnsley include the Premdor door-making factory, furniture manufacturers Symphony, Fulton Foods and Glass Recycling UK, while Leeds is home to the headquarters of Asda, Greggs, Yorkshire Bank and Jet2.com.
Things to do in the area
If you enjoy shopping, there are lots of high street shops in Barnsley’s revamped town centre, including the Alhambra Shopping Centre and Cheapside. There’s a regular market in the town, while independent and designer shops are found in The Arcade and on Eldon Street.
Other attractions include Locke Park, The Cooper Gallery, the museum at Barnsley Town Hall and Darfield Museum, while Oakwell Stadium is home to Barnsley FC. If you enjoy playing golf, Silkstone Golf Club and Barnsley Golf Course are nearby.
When you want to get out in the great outdoors, you can wander through the grounds at Wentworth Castle, Cannon Hall, and Worsbrough Mill Museum and Country Park. The Peak District National Park is only a short drive from the town, where you can go hiking or cycling.
In the evening, you can go and see a show at one of the Barnsley’s many theatres including The Civic, The Lamproom Theatre and The Academy Theatre.
Travel and commuting
If you’re commuting for work or taking a weekend trip, Barnsley is well-connected by rail and road, with the M1 only a short drive away and the train station providing regular services to Leeds and beyond.
The town is just 15 minutes from Wakefield by train or 20 minutes by car, while the journey to Leeds takes 30 minutes by car or around 35 minutes by train. Rotherham is a 20-minute drive away from Barnsley, while Sheffield can be reached in 30 minutes and Doncaster in 35 minutes.
If you’re going on holiday or taking a business trip, Doncaster Sheffield Airport is only a 45-minute drive from Barnsley town centre.