Wentworth Castle Gardens Review Guide

Wentworth Castle Gardens is owned by the National Trust and it is located in the countryside near Barnsley in South Yorkshire. The house is no longer lived in and today it is used as a college that is closed to the public. You can, however, explore the vast gardens and estate plus the folly castle.

Things To Do At Wentworth Castle Gardens

The gardens at Wentworth are around 60 acres in size. Plus there is additional woodland and parkland to enjoy and they often have family-friendly trails. We visited a couple of weeks after Easter but they still had their Easter trail which my son enjoyed taking part in (plus for the £3 cost there was a rather large Easter egg in his pack as a reward). I believe this is on until at least early May and will probably be replaced with a similar trail, minus the Easter egg.

There is a Wilderness sensory trail that you can enjoy all year round. This starts at the top of the Shrubbery walk and you need to follow the arrows to discover a hidden part of the gardens. The National Trust also have two parkland walks listed on their website but you don’t have to follow these.

Wentworth Castle Gardens Review Guide

We had a lovely walk around the gardens. There are some really lovely areas and the grounds are clearly exceptionally well cared for. There are no real designated paths around the actual gardens so I think you’d struggle with a wheelchair, although you should be fine with a buggy. We really loved the path lined by trees which you can see in the photo above. The trail was a great way of exploring and finding out way around.

Wentworth Castle Gardens Review Guide
Wentworth Castle Gardens Review Guide
Photo credited to the National Trust

We eventually walked up the hill to the folly castle. This was built around 1730 by Thomas Wentworth the 1st Early of Strafford. It’s not huge but it’s really unique and a lovely building to come across within the grounds. There are walls almost all the way around with turrets that kids will enjoy running in and out of.

The gardens at Wentworth Castle are the only Grade 1 listed parkland and gardens in South Yorkshire. Within the grounds, there are 26 listed buildings and monuments. As well as the walk around the gardens you can also head off on a half an hour circular walk around some of the parkland that takes in more of these buildings.

Wentworth Castle Gardens Review Guide

There is a really lovely looking greenhouse/conservatory close to the toilets which should be reopening soon when restrictions allow. This is full of exotic plants and was originally built in 1885.

Wentworth Castle Gardens Review Guide

Kids will love the wooden play area at Wentworth. It is located close to the cafe where there are plenty of picnic benches and places to sit. We didn’t find it too busy even during what would normally be a busy time of day. There’s a wooden play castle in the centre and then other things to play on around the outside including a zip wire, swings, a mini area for toddlers and more.

Wentworth Castle Gardens Review Guide

We purchased a cheese and onion pasty each from the cafe for our lunch and I can 100% recommend them, it was delicious. We didn’t stay for long after lunch and probably only spent just under 3 hours there but we certainly could have spent longer. I look forward to us returning when the castle repairs are completed and the conservatory is open again (Oh and when they have easier to get to toilets).

Wentworth Castle Gardens FAQ & Further Information

Address: Park Dr, Barnsley S75 3EN, South Yorkshire

Category – Gardens – Outdoors – Suitable for all ages

What are the ticket prices?

Free to visit if you are members of the National Trust. Currently, it is really good value at just £5 per adult or £2.50 per child.

What are the main facilities and things to do?

Large gardens you can explore plus parkland with seasonal trails, an adventure playground, conservatory and folly castle. There are toilets and a cafe.

When are they open?

Wentworth Castle Gardens is open for most of the year. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.

Is there food available?

There is a cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks.

Is there parking?

There is a free on-site car park.

Are they dog friendly?

Dogs are welcome on short leads throughout the parkland and gardens.

Are they accessible?

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