Barnsley is located between Leeds (17 miles) and Sheffield (11 miles) and is accessible from the M1. Situated in the heart of Yorkshire, the town not only contains a bustling centre providing shops, restaurants and cafes but also easy access to some beautiful countryside.
Barnsley's famous market has been a local landmark for over seven hundred years and has both indoor and open areas. The town centre contains the usual well known high street stores as well as a selection of designer boutiques all within walking distance of nearby car parks. Its prime position on the Trans-Pennine Trail means that walking, cycling and horse-riding are very popular around Barnsley. Golf, sailing and fishing are also available. Despite its size, Barnsley's close proximity to many beautiful attractions can make it feel like the middle of the countryside. The historic visitor attraction of Pot House Hamlet is located only 2 miles from the M1 and Cannon Hall Museum, Park and Open Gardens is open to the public throughout the year. Set in the village of Cawthorne is the Victorian Jubilee Museum, displaying unique collections of wartime relics and memorabilia
Other places of interest include the RSPB Old Moor Wetlands Centre at Dearne Valley, the Cooper Gallery, Elsecar Heritage Centre and the Elsecar Steam Railway. There are plenty of villages and towns in the area to explore, including Penistone, Elsecar and Cawthorne, all with their own character. The accommodation varies from hotels and bed and breakfasts to self catering holiday cottages and caravan and camping sites in the surrounding area.