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From beautiful country houses to fantastic sculpture parks, Barnsley has plenty to tempt visitors. Get out in your hire car and explore...
Car rental in Barnsley is so easy to organise. Use the TravelSupermarket search tool to secure the best price and then pick up your vehicle from one of the downtown locations on arrival.
Barnsley has a number of historic attractions which are ideal for family days out. Cannon Hall, for example, is a Georgian country house museum set in 70 acres of parkland and gardens. Not only can kids enjoy running and playing in this vast space, they can also be enchanted at the magical Fairyland Garden built in 1870. This dreamy garden was built from stone arches and pillars taken from ruins of local churches and also has a tranquil pond area. You can also enjoy walks in the walled garden, and history buffs may like to explore the museum which houses a collection of paintings, ceramics and furniture among other artefacts.
If you're looking for a bit of retail therapy, and fancy bagging a bargain at the same time, Barnsley Market offers 300 stalls selling everything from fruit and veg to cosmetics and clothes.
Art buffs might like to visit Yorkshire Sculpture Park in nearby Wakefield which is an international centre for modern and contemporary art. You can admire the outdoor exhibitions which are set against a naturally beautiful backdrop.
If you fancy donning your hiking boots you can join the Trans Pennine Trail from Barnsley. At 215 miles long, you can choose how long you make your walk and can enjoy dramatic scenery along the way. Some of the locations you can join at include Pot House Hamlet, Wigfield Farm and Penistone. And you don't need to worry about getting lost; it's mapped and signed all the way.
If you also fancy heading out to a city, you'll definitely want to arrange car hire. Barnsley is a great location for discovering nearby cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield...
Sheffield is probably the closest city to explore in your car at around 25 minutes away. Here you can visit heritage sites such as Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, Kelham Island Museum and Beauchief Abbey. Families might like to visit attractions such as the Tropical Butterfly House and Falconry Centre, Aerial Extreme (a high ropes course) and Paradise Island Adventure Golf. The Botanical Gardens are also well worth a visit.
Leeds is 30 minutes away from Barnsley and here you can spend a day shopping, enjoying delectable delicacies in one of the fantastic eateries or wandering around and seeing the sights. Attractions such as Tropical World, Leeds City Museum and Meanwood Valley Urban Farm are all great for families.
Alternatively, you could take a trip to Manchester which is just over an hour away. Here you can enjoy panoramic views of the city from the big wheel, visit a huge array of shops in the Trafford Centre and have a fantastic night out in various areas of the city, for example the trendy Northern Quarter or upmarket Didsbury.