Renowned for its rich history and warm welcoming community, the South Yorkshire town of Barnsley is a great location for those looking to buy a new home. Situated halfway between Leeds and Sheffield, with good transport links to Doncaster, Rotherham and Wakefield, the historic market town is extremely well-connected to the wider region and centres of industry. As well as the highly practical location, Barnsley is a vibrant and highly family-friendly place to live, evidenced by the many shops and attractions to be found in and around the town. From the hustle and bustle of the centuries-old markets, to the peace and beauty of the nearby Peak District National Park, there’s something to suit all tastes here.
Shop ‘til you drop
As a long-standing market town, Barnsley is awash with retail opportunities with something to suit everyone. There are numerous high street shops, services and eateries to be found around the town centre and in the Alhambra Shopping Centre. Excitingly, Barnsley is currently undergoing a multi-million pound regeneration project, with a brand new shopping and entertainment venue, The Glass Works, set to open in 2021. Situated in prime position in front of the train station, the Glass Works will offer a wide range of popular brands, restaurants, a bowling alley, Laser Quest, soft play centre and a 13-screen cinema.
Of course you can’t forget the markets, which are a huge part of Barnsley’s identity. Inside the Glass Works you’ll find the revamped indoor market. With over 100 stalls spread across two floors, it’s a fantastic way to support local businesses in a comfortable, modern environment. Then there’s the outdoor market, which takes place 4 days a week, and the weekly second-hand market for eagle-eyed bargain hunters.
Explore the local area
With the Peak District National Park an easy drive away, living in Barnsley means you’ll always find plenty of reasons to get out and about. The town has a selection of cultural attractions, including stately homes, museums, theatres, ruins and art galleries. Among the great sights to explore locally are the peaceful Monk Bretton Priory, the fascinating Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the beautiful gardens at Wentworth Castle.
Kids will never be bored, with popular family-friendly attractions including RSPB Dearne Valley, Wigfield Farm and the Calypso Cove Waterpark at the Metrodome Leisure Complex.
Fantastic transport links
Barnsley is in an ideal location for commuters. The M1 is just a few minutes away, providing easy access to Leeds and Wakefield to the north, and Sheffield and Rotherham to the south. Other main routes leading out of Barnsley include the A635 which leads to Doncaster and the A628 leading to Manchester.
The town is also well-equipped for public transport – Barnsley Interchange is a combined bus and rail station in the centre, providing direct routes to many destinations in the region, and further nationwide links.