‘Cannon Hall Farm has farm animals and more exotic creatures (reptiles, ferret racing and so forth) with play areas indoors and out’

What to see
You’ll find accounts of Barnsley’s tourist attractions in Towns of Two Halves (and of 91 other places: order the book now for £8 from For additional information plus shopping, eating out etc there’s Visit Barnsley.

This weekend…
For events coming up go to Visit Barnsley or Barnsley Civic.

‘Two units form an isosceles triangle with the wall, jutting back at a jaunty Pythagorean angle
towards the wash-basins’

Comment and colour
“The Cannon Hall museum and gallery work hard to appeal to children – dressing-up opportunities, video etc – but the real family attraction is Cannon Hall Farm next door. It has a farm animals and more exotic creatures: reptiles, ferret-racing and so forth; with play areas indoors and out.
“Back in town, signs instruct you to Experience Barnsley. It’s an exuberant jumble of an exhibition, celebrating Barnsley at work (coal, iron, linen, glass) and play (heroes of Oakwell) down the ages. It’s free, and many of the exhibits have been contributed by local people; it is as authentic and lively a local museum as you could wish to find.”

(This is an extract from Towns of Two Halves. To read more on Barnsley and other football towns, order the book for £8 from

Also in Barnsley:
Cooper Gallery