The Top 7 Things to Do in Barnsley

The Top 7 Things to Do in Barnsley

Barnsley is an award-winning market town with a proud history of glassblowing and coal mining. With the new addition of The Glass Works and a complete makeover of Barnsley Market, Barnsley is fast becoming one of the top towns to visit in Yorkshire. Thinking of visiting? Here’s a few of the top things to do while in Barnsley.

1. Visit the iconic Barnsley indoor market

The indoor market initially opened in 1974 but had a huge renovation in 2018. With over 100 independent market stalls, free Wi-Fi, disability access and a great atmosphere, Barnsley Market is a must to visit. From fruit & veg, clothing, phone repairs or confectionary, you’ll find everything you need here and with the addition of the click and collect hub at the market entrance, it’s never been easier to shop local with convenience.

2. Grab a bite to eat - Barnsley has fantastic food and drink options

Barnsley has a lot to offer, including lots of great locally run places to eat and drink in Barnsley. Here are our top picks:


Serving in the Alhambra shopping centre, HotJacks has a wide range on their menu. Breakfasts, burgers, jacket potatoes, sandwiches, whatever you fancy you’ll have plenty of choice. Feeling like something sweet? HotJacks also has a wide range of milkshakes, pancakes and lots more!


Fancy something a little different? A Canadian classic based around chips, cheese and gravy – what’s not to like about that? Pou Poutine offers a selection of poutine, adding pulled pork or BBQ chicken to make your taste buds even ‘appier. They also offer a selection of burgers and fried chicken. You’ll find Pou Poutine in the Market Kitchen, upstairs in Barnsley Market.


If you’re more of a sweet tooth, you’ll love Dolly’s Desserts. Serving up some of the tastiest treats in Barnsley, Dolly’s offers cakes, brownies, waffles, crepes and of course their legendary cookie doughs and milkshakes. Dolly’s Desserts is the place to go when you fancy something sweet, and their 1 million followers on TikTok agree!

3. Travel back in time at the Experience Barnsley Museum

If you’re curious about the history of Barnsley, the Experience Barnsley Museum, in the Grade II listed Town Hall, is a great place to learn! With exhibitions on the towns beloved history, events for your little ones, SEN/learning disability friendly sessions and a lovely little café, there’s something here for everybody. What’s on at the museum changes frequently so each time you visit will be a new experience. A lively, exciting experience for the whole family, just one of the reasons that Experience Barnsley was shortlisted for the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2021.

4. Take a stroll around the Worsbrough Mill country park and enjoy nature and heritage

Worsborough Mill offers lots of relaxing nature walks in their country park and is a popular bird spotting and fishing location. You’ll often be able to spot grey herons, kingfishers, grey wagtail, plus black-headed, common and herring gulls. Want to learn about the history of Worsborough Mill? Full tours with informational guides are available of the mill and museum. You’ll be able to see the whole process of making flour which is also for sale in their shop. Feeling peckish? Why not visit the Millers Tea Room for a light snack and a cup of tea. They even use their own freshly made flour to bake their bread!

5. See a show at the Lamproom Theatre 

The Lamproom Theatre in Barnsley was begun in 1999 and has held a variety of professional and highly entertaining shows since. With plenty of shows on, there’s always something for everybody from dramas to comedy, musicians to panto. Fancy a drink? Why not visit the recently refurbished Lamproom bar! Open before and after shows and during intermissions you’ll never go thirsty. You can even pre-order your drinks.

6. Indulge in some #selfcare

Feel like a change? Want a day to pamper yourself? Barnsley has lots to offer with plenty of hair salons and nail bars.

Scissorhands by Jo

A friendly atmosphere, no appointments needed and a talented hairdresser. What more could you want? Jo has been working for 13 years and was runner-up in the Barnsley Civic Trust Retail Awards hairdresser category.

Glitz and Glam

Specialising in hair extensions and wigs since 1975, Glitz and Glam is a friendly family run business which provides the highest quality human hair extensions, hair pieces, clip in hair extensions, wigs and more.

Hive Nails and Beauty

Hive Nails and Beauty in Silkstone offers services in nails, waxing, eyebrows and lashes. The talented and friendly Lucy will make sure you leave looking like a star and feeling like one too!

7. Go shopping - enjoy some retail therapy at its best

Barnsley is full of unique independently run businesses. Whatever you may need, you’re sure to find it here. There are so many to choose from so we shared some of our favourites:

Lady in Style

Though there are many mainstream big brand clothing stores in the area, shopping locally and supporting small businesses is a big part of Barnsley. With over 45 years of experience in the fashion industry, inclusive sizing and stunning designs, Lady in Style, located in the brand-new and impressive Glass Works, is the perfect place to do some retail therapy.

Bye Boy

Bye Boy are here to make your home smell divine with handmade candles and wax melts using soy wax, vegan friendly fragrances and 100% recyclable packaging. Shopping locally AND saving the planet. What’s not to love?

picture of heart shaped wax melts

Barnsley Models and Games

There’s something for everybody here at Barnsley. Barnsley Models and Games have a wide range of products in for hobbyists including model railways, plastic model kits, war gaming and board games, dungeons and dragons and magic the gathering. They also hold tournaments and events so you can even meet new people and win prizes in a friendly and warm environment.

Best jeans ltd

Owner Bobbi Soni was only 18 years old when he launched Best Jeans LTD. He understood that each person has a different style or preference and wanted to cater to that. Best Jeans provides one to one advice and great value for money on old-school style clothing and footwear so that you get exactly what you need.

Visit Barnsley online and plan your trip

Barnsley is a very community-based town so shopping local is important to the people in the area. Why not support some of the local businesses in the area when you visit Barnsley. You can plan your trip, book services or purchase from local businesses online here

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