Barnsley

Barnsley Town Hall

Barnsley is a large town in Yorkshire, England with a population of approximately 240,000.

Understand

It used to be famous for its coal industry, which has now disappeared. Barnsley Council are pioneering a scheme called Remaking Barnsley , including the building of a new £23m transport interchange and a halo of light around the town.

In the last 10 years or so, the fortunes of Barnsley have been on the upturn, with commerce and industry building their premises on the sites of the old coal mines. The town is becoming more popular due to the low cost of living compared to nearby Sheffield and Leeds, with some people living in Barnsley but commuting to work in one of these cities.

There is still a strong sense of community in the town although outsiders are welcomed providing there is mutual respect. The majority of the locals are straight talking and appreciate honesty and humility.

Get in

By plane

All the above are within 2 hours drive of Barnsley. Manchester has the most connections and airlines, but the budget and charter airlines tend to use the other airports. Easyjet is an exception, because it uses both Manchester and Doncaster airports.

By train

By car

The M1 motorway is the main route into Barnsley as it runs through the centre of the town.

Rail based Park and Ride facilities are available, see National Park and Ride Directory

By bus

The Transport Interchange includes an extensive bus terminal with services to neighbouring villages and nearby towns and cities.

By boat

This is not currently possible. The Dearne and Dove Canal runs through Barnsley, but is mostly derelict today. However, the Barnsley, Dearne and Dove Canals Trust is trying to restore the canal to full working order.

Get around

Barnsley town centre is fairly compact and easy to walk around, but there are many suburban villages and smaller towns on the outskirts.

A fairly adventurous person could walk to and from the suburbs, but there are also many bus stops around the town and countryside. Details of services are available from the Travel South Yorkshire web site, or by phoning the Traveline call centre on 01709 515151.

Public transport late at night (after 11PM) is usually limited to taxis. Blue Line is the biggest operator (tel. 244 444), and alternatives include A1 Taxis (tel. 288 888). Licenced taxis either use a meter, or charge a fixed price depending on distance. The price can normally be agreed prior to the start of your journey. As is the case in the rest of the UK, the driver will normally expect a small tip on top of the fare.

The Trans Pennine Trail may be a more fitting route for cyclists or horseriders. Stop at Pot House Hamlet in Silkstone on the way for a coffee, snack or meal and visit the many amenities there.

See

A view over Barnsley

Do

Barnsley is famous for its nightlife, as evidenced by the number of pubs, bars and clubs in the town centre. If that's not your scene, then head to the suburbs of town where you'll find quiet restaurants, a number of friendly local pubs, and more family-friendly places.

To learn what events are happening in the town, the weekly Barnsley Chronicle newspaper has a what's-on guide. Also, local radio station Dearne FM announces events both on air and on its web site.

Walk down the ancient wagon way alongside Silkstone Beck and feed the ducks. Take a picnic to have on the table under the oak trees. Have coffee, a snack, a meal, or even a champagne tea for two at the Potting Shed Café. Alternatively, treat yourself from the ice cream parlour. See where the old water wheel used to be. Wander around the extensive working plant nursery, the stylish womenswear shop, shoe shop or peruse the fine furnishings in the converted mill.

Sport

Match tickets for home supporters :http://www.barnsleyfc.co.uk/page/TicketNews/0,,10309~1735301,00.html Ground capacity is 23006. Unusual aspect of the ground is the training facilities are attached to the ground behind the Away stand (North)with Premiership standard indoor arena and six undersoil heated pitches,(one full size astra turf)all floodlit with seating on some.All built to qualify it for Academy status with multiple changing roooms and classrooms.

Cricket

Played at Shaw Lane where Geofrey Boycott, Micheal Parkinson and Dickie Bird played.

Rugby

Rugby Union

Barnsley has its own rugby team also at Shaw lane.Barnsley RUFC

There is also a Rugby Union club at Wath-upon-Dearne

Rugby League

Barnsley Broncos

Learn

Buy

The (indoor and outdoor) Barnsley Market is famous - a great place to meet local people. It can be found near to the Transport Interchange. The markets are generally open every Wednesday and Saturday.

The shops are open from around 9AM-5PM most days apart from Sundays. Most of the high street chains are present, along with a selection of smaller shops. The Arcade is a covered area found off Market Hill that seems to be going increasingly upmarket, with designer boutiques alongside more traditional shops. Pollyanna on Market Hill (a few doors away from The Arcade) is perhaps the best known designer boutique in the town, and also has an art gallery and coffee shop.

Frank Birds mens wear 40-44, Eldon St, on the arcade/eldon street Frank Bird sells a range of menswear and offers suits for hire. Very high quality designer menswear.

The High Street chains are located on Queen Street, which houses among others Marks and Spencer, Dorothy Perkins, Wallis, Burtons among others. Cheapside has, among others, Boots, WH Smith, The Body Shop, Superdrug, HMV and New Look. The Alhambra Centre is the main indoor shopping centre, although relatively small it houses Next, Primark, TK Maxx, Vodafone and Wilkinsons, as well as another 20 or more stores. Market Street used to be famous for its charity shops and was known locally as charity shop alley, although the number of these has dwindled in recent years and now offers more choice in terms of retailing. The area around May Day Green and Kendray Street is currently empty in terms of shops as this is the first part of the town centre to be demolished as part as the Remaking Barnsley scheme, as result all but a handful of stores that were located here have relocated to other parts of town.

Just outside of town the Peel Centre is Barnsleys main retail park. It houses Currys, JJB Sports, Halfords, Focus and Pizza Hut as well as 10 more stores. Also across the roads is Comet, PC World, MFI, ASDA and McDonalds.

4 Miles out of the town centre is Pot House Hamlet which is in the beautiful Silkstone village and has lots of shopping including Pookie womenswear, a ladies shoe shop, gift shops and lot of other amenities too.

During the Christmas holidays all the shops stay open very late and on Sundays and there is a special German Christmas Market. During this season there is usually a variety of brass bands playing. Historically, brass bands were often affiliated to local workplaces (such as coal mines, or financial instituations) in a similar way to other towns and cities in the UK.

Eat

The coffee shop in Pollyanna (top of Market Hill) serves delightfully indulgent snacks and light meals. It's a great retreat from the bustling shops and markets. The coffee shop is right at the back of the store. Other popular eating places include the Blah Grill on the corner or Market Hill and Shambles Street, Grille Steakhouse and Chilli Bar on Market Street, Pinnocchios Italian restaurant on New Street opposite the Alhambra Centre. Aroma coffee bar down The Arcade also serves light snacks. Walkabout, Wetherspoons and various other pubs also serve food during the daytimes. Barnsley has few fast food restaurants in the town centre. McDonalds closed its branch in early 2006. Only KFC remain at the far end of Peel Street next to town end roundabout. Pizza Hut is located at The Peel Centre retail park 5 minutes walk from the town centre and McDonalds have a drive through in the ASDA car park. Frankie and Benny's opened a branch at Stairfoot roundabout, which is about 10 minutes drive from the centre in 2008.

In the many restaurants around Barnsley, you may see the Barnsley Chop or Barnsley Double on the menu. This is a cut of lamb that is famous as a local Barnsley delicacy.

The Potting Shed Café The award winning eatery with everything from proper fresh coffee and homemade scone, to champagne tea or chef prepared real food. Open 7 days a week, situated at Pot House Hamlet in rural village of Silkstone below the church

Sleep

There are various hotels further afield, a few miles from the town centre. There are also a small number of guest houses. These can be found (and booked) through the Tourist Information office in Barnsley Central Library, or online through the Yorkshire Tourist Board.

Connect

Phone

Language

Visitors from outside of the area may often find it a challenge to have a conversation with the older generation especially in Barnsley. The dialect is strong and made up of hundreds of words which are almost exclusive to the local area. The majority of people under 30 however tend to speak much more neutrally and in favour of the more common English vernacular.

With a large number of EU nationals now living in the town, when approaching a local for advice don't be surprised to be greeted by a person originating from Eastern Europe. In general, such people will have a fairly good understanding of English as this tends to be a requirement of employers in the area.

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