Visit Barnsley and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Barnsley, on the River Dearne in South Yorkshire, has a population of about 72,000.
Barnsley was recorded in 1086 in the Domesday Book, in which it is called 'Berneslai'. The name comes from the Saxon word 'berne' meaning 'barn' or 'storehouse' and Lay, for field. In 1249, a Royal Charter was granted a licence to Barnsley to hold a weekly market and annual fair.
Barnsley developed into a stop over point on the route between Leeds, Wakefield, Sheffield and London which benefitted local hostelry. Barnsley grew into an important manufacturing town, principally for linen weaving during the 18th and 19th century. Barnsley also has a long tradition of glass-making with two large companies still operating.
Its coalfields give the town its fame although most of the pits were actually in the surrounding villages as opposed to the town itself. In any case, all of the mines are now closed. Barnsley is now becoming a service economy.
Barnsley town centre is a mix of 1960s concrete buildings and several listed buildings. Following the Barnsley Council major consultation exercise redevelopment is underway.
- bus companies including Stagecoach Yorkshire
- Robin Hood Airport outside Doncaster
- National Express runs coach links to London and other major cities
- trains run from Barnsley railway station to Sheffield, Leeds, Wakefield, Huddersfield and London.
Famous people from Barnsley, past and present, include:
- Michael Parkinson (tv presenter)
- Harold "Dickie" Bird (cricket umpire)
- Mick McCarthy (footballer)
- Arthur Scargill (union leader)
- Darren Gough (cricketer)
- The Arctic Monkeys (musicians)
Barnsley is twinned with Schwäbisch Gmünd in Germany, and Gorlovka in Ukraine.
The Borough includes: Penistone, Cannon Hall Park, Museum Cawthorne, Wortley Hall and Gardens, Jubilee Museum, Wortley Top Forge, Wentworth Castle and Gardens
Nearby towns: Conisbrough, Doncaster, Horbury, Rotherham, Sheffield, Wakefield
Have you decided to visit Barnsley or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Barnsley bed and breakfast (a Barnsley B&B or Barnsley b and b)
- a Barnsley guesthouse
- a Barnsley hotel (or motel)
- a Barnsley self-catering establishment, or
- other Barnsley accommodation