Wentworth Castle GardensBarnsley Category Historic Sites
Wentworth Castle and Stainborough Park is located approximately 3km south west of Barnsley in South Yorkshire. The estate’s Grade 1 landscape and formal gardens are nationally significant for their extensive monuments, housing some of the earliest gothic follies in the country. The Pleasure Ground displays layers of garden design characteristic of different periods and fashions, including an early 18th century Union Jack garden, a Victorian flower garden and 20th century collections of rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias.
Wentworth Castle Gardens opened to the public in 2007. It is operated by an independent chariable trust – the Wentworth Castle and Stainborough Park Heritage Trust, which was established in 2001 with the following aims:
“To undertake a phased programme of restoration and development works which will provide benefit to the general public by providing extensive access to the parkland and gardens and the built heritage, conserving these important heritage assets for future generations”.
Wentworth Castle, the Grade 1 listed mansion, is owned by the Northern College, a residential provider of further education. The house can be visited by the public on pre-arranged tours. If you would be interested in booking on a house tour, please contact us on 01226 776040 for the next available date.
There are 60 acres of formal gardens at Wentworth Castle. Their structure and design reflect different periods of garden history and the differing interests of the generations of Wentworths who lived here. There are also 20th century additions, such as the three national plant collections.
Some parts of the garden are formally laid out, such as the 18th century Union Jack Garden, and the Victorian Flower Garden, known locally as the Secret Garden. Others have an intentionally informal feel, such as the Wilderness.
The Gardens are at their most vibrant between March and July, as first the camellias, then the early rhododendrons and finally the azaleas come into bloom. There is colour to be found year round, whether it is the last hydrangea of the old season or the first snowdrop of the new year, whilst the beautiful architectural quality of the mature trees gives pleasure at any time of year.
Gardens tours are a great way to get to know these unique gardens. For further information about tours, please telephone 01226 776040 and ask for a Group Visit pack.