Days Out: Wentworth - one of Yorkshire’s best kept secrets

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WITH beautiful tranquil gardens, 500 acres of landscaped parkland, a deer park and a stunning Grade I listed mansion, Wentworth Castle Gardens are one of South Yorkshire’s best kept secrets.

Located South West of Barnsley, just two miles from junction 37 on the M1, the gardens are an oasis of calm filled with fantastic flowers and plants, whose colours come to life during the months of March and July.

With more than a dozen different gardens and areas to explore, ranging from the Victorian flower garden to a glorious Azalea garden, there is plenty for the whole family to see and do.

Start your day at The Long Barn visitor centre before heading into the gardens to enjoy the birdsong and close-up deer encounters, while the younger members of the family storm the folly castle to find the dragon.

There’s also a 400-year-old tree for the youngsters to discover, as well as one of the oldest lawns in England - perfect for roly polies – and the maze-like Union Jack Garden, which is ideal for a game of hide and seek.

For those who want to stretch their legs, there are a variety of waymarked trails through the parkland, or you can take a guided tour through the house, gardens and parkland – check the website for more details.

Finally, after working up an appetite, indulge in a spot of lunch made from delicious Yorkshire produce from the Terrace Café, or try some of their sumptuous homemade cakes and a bottle of fine Barnsley beer.

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Address: Wentworth Castle Gardens, Lowe Lane, Stainborough, Barnsley, S75 3EN

Opening times: Daily from 10am to 5pm

Prices: Adult £6.25, child £3.15

Phone: 01226 776040

Web: wentworthcastle.org

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