Barnsley North

Barnsley North

Make it yours

It's All Barnsley
Barnsley North is where we enjoy the beautiful outdoors and the arts. Green spaces to share and culture abound. Barnsley North. Make it yours.

In this part of Barnsley, there’s lots of local outdoor space to play, relax, and imagine. Experience picturesque parks and sprawling fields. Or visit neighbouring Wakefield and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, where creativity, world-class art and culture abound.

St John the Baptist Church stands as a beacon of heritage in Old Town, while Pogmoor is home to local parks including Pogmoor Recreation Ground. Rabbit Ings Country Park boasts a variety of wildlife, walking paths, and cycle trails and is a hidden gem for sport.

Head to Royston Park for the bowling greens, skate park, children’s play area and a bandstand. Or get active at Royston Leisure Centre, where there’s something for everyone — regardless of age, fitness or ability level.

And if you’re looking for culture in a picturesque setting, there’s nowhere better than Yorkshire Sculpture Park. With breathtaking views and world-class art, it shows work by British and international artists including Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.

things to do in barnsley north
Explore Barnsley North
Getting to different parts of Barnsley North is easy, with lots of ways to travel around. If you love to get active, you can explore on foot or by bicycle. There are also bus and train routes available, and a few different taxi companies too.

With a variety of green spaces across Barnsley North, like Royston Park, Rabbit Ings Country Park and more, there’s so much to do outdoors — whether it’s for leisure, fitness or just a bit of fresh air!

Visitor Information

How to get here

Barnsley North is accessible by car from the M1. With a train station in Darton, it can be accessed via Barnsley Interchange with direct links from major cities.

You can also get here by hopping on the following buses from Barnsley Interchange: 95, 95a, 96, 22a, 59, 57, 59a, 12, 1

These are some useful links for getting to Barnsley North:

Google Maps


Northern Rail



Public Transport

Getting around by public transport? The bus routes include 95, 95a, 96, 22a, 59, 57, 59a, 12, 1

There are also several reputable taxi companies in the area, such as:

  • Veezu
  • Citytaxis
  • Arrow Taxis
  • Platinum Travel Barnsley


You can park your car in one of the many car parks or on-street parking spaces available in Barnsley North. Some car parks are free, while others charge a fee depending on the duration of your stay. You can pay by cash, card, or phone using RingGo or PayByPhone apps.

Find out more about parking around Barnsley here.


Enjoy the best of Barnsley North no matter your needs, with inclusive accessibility to venues and attractions across the borough.

Click here to visit our Accessibility page and find out more.

You can also check whether a building, venue or route is accessible on the AccessAble website which also shows you the facilities available on-site or en route.

Click here to visit the AccessAble website.


Cycling and Ramblers

If you’re looking to get around Barnsley North by bicycle, you'll find many dedicated cycle lanes, which road signs and markings will indicate. There’s also a variety of country lanes, scenic pathways and trails to explore.

Barnsley North is great for walkers too, with many places to ramble, hike or take a stroll.

Check out some of the useful links below for more info:

Let’s Ride


Ride the Routes



Trans Pennine Trail

Toilets and Facilities

There are several public toilets available across Barnsley North, and some of them have baby-changing facilities. For those toilets for disabled people only, you’ll need a RADAR key.

Click here to find the closest public toilet to you.

Always check the venue for opening hours and access before attending.


Make a stay of it
There’s so much to do in the Barnsley North region; from outdoor spaces like the ruins at Monk Bretton Priory to parks like those found in Royston. If you’re staying in the town centre, you can easily access this area by train, car, or bus.

With so many activities, green spaces and places to experience, it’s worth sticking around Barnsley North and using it as your base to explore. 

Click here to learn more about Barnsley's hotels, B&Bs, AirBnbs, and other places to stay in the area.

All you need to know

Key Locations

If you're looking to visit Barnsley North, here are some of the key places: Old Town, Royston, Pogmoor, Athersley, Monk Bretton, Carlton, Darton, and Mapplewell.


Barnsley North has a range of things to do at night, whether you’re visiting with family, a group of friends, your partner or travelling solo.

If you’re looking for sports and snooker, head to Pockets in Royston where you’ll find snooker tables and large-screen TVs to watch an evening match. A short walk through the village will bring you to the Ring O Bells, a family-friendly pub offering weekly entertainment — from karaoke to outdoor kids activities.

If you want a spot to eat, check out Tandoori Hut in Mapplewell for delicious Indian cuisine. Or head to The Talbot Inn for cask & craft ales, wine, cocktails and tasty pub food.


For an afternoon of family fun, head to Barnsley Bowl in Athersley, or go for a swim at Royston Leisure Centre, where you can try out a range of classes.

Golf lovers should visit Woodlands in Mapplewell, and spend their day on one of their two courses. Or, perhaps test their swing next door at the Woodlands Driving Range? And footie fans, why not rent a pitch for an evening 5-a-side with your mates at Outwood Academy Carlton?

If you head to Calton you could also try your hand at shooting for the first time at the Phoenix Range. It's fully regulated, in a safe environment, and it’s suitable for groups of friends and families too.

Grab your essentials

The main supermarket in Barnsley North is ALDI, located in Royston where you can pick up groceries or peruse the middle aisle. There’s also Farmfoods in Athersley, for frozen foods, fridge essentials and more. Along high streets and around residential zones, you'll find a great range of our local businesses too, providing essential groceries and local produce!

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