The Peak District National Park starts around 3 miles to the south-west of the town.
The area around the town is mainly agricultural and the town once had a sheep and cattle market. While this is now gone, there is still an annual one-day agricultural show, the Penistone Show, which is held in early September.
There is a bustling food and general market in the town's market barn on Thursdays and an arts and crafts and second-hand market on Saturdays.
Penistone was once an important railway junction between the Woodhead line, a main railway between Sheffield and Manchester with another line running to Wath-upon-Dearne in the direction of Doncaster. There were also the only lines which still remain today, towards Huddersfield and Barnsley. The trans-Pennine link was closed to passengers from Penistone in 1970 and to all trains in 1981. A few years later the direct Huddersfield - Penistone - Sheffield service was rerouted on a longer journey via Barnsley. Parts of the former railway trackbeds are now used by the Trans Pennine Trail coast to coast walking and cycling route.
Penistone is on the Trans Pennine Trail a 215-mile (346km) signposted coast to coast route for walkers and cyclists from Southport in the west to Hornsea in the east with surfaced paths and easy gradients. Its total 370 miles (595km) of routes also includes spurs to Kirkburton, Leeds and York and to Chesterfield in Derbyshire.
The town has a range of shops and supermarkets. Penistone offers bakery goods, butchers, clothes, gifts, an outdoor market (Thu, Sat)
The town has a Post Office branch.
Penistone has bank and building society branches.
The town has pharmacies.
The town has pubs and a social club.
Bistro and cafe dining can be found in Penistone.
Takeaway food outlets in the town include fish and chips, chinese, curries, sandwiches.
The town has a library.
The town has a cinema.
Penistone has a community centre.
Places of worship: Anglican, Catholic, Methodist, other.
Penistone was formerly in the West Riding of Yorkshire.
Penistone stationManaged by: Northern
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Bus travelThe town has buses to neighbouring towns and villages.
Places to visit
Worsbrough MillWorsbrough Bridge
This working 17th century flour mill uses water power from the River Dove at Worsbrough Bridge, 2.5 miles south of Barnsley town centre. Visitors can learn about the milling process and explore the surrounding country park, set around Worsbrough Reservoir. Admission is free, but there are charges in the car park. The mill is off the A61 at Worsbrough Bridge. Buses from Barnsley, including 66 and 265, stop nearby. The mill is run by Barnsley Metropolitan District Council.
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Monk Bretton PrioryAbbey Lane, Cundy Cross
The ruins of Monk Bretton Priory, a monastery originating in 1154, can be found at Abbey Lane, Cundy Cross, two miles east of
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Cannon HallBark House Lane, Cawthorne
Visitors can explore the Georgian country house museum and gardens and parkland, extending across 28 hectares (70 acres). The hall also stages a wide range of events from art exhibitions to baking days and re-enactment events. Cannon Hall is 6 miles by road west-north-west of Barnsley town centre just off the A635 road near the village of Cawthorne. It has a large pay and display car park. Bus 92 connects Barnsley to Cawthorne village with a walk of about a mile to Cannon Hall. On Sundays three 92A services run to Cannon Hall.
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Cannon Hall FarmBark House Lane, Cawthorne
Cannon Hall Farm is an award-winning open farm attraction just up the road from the hall itself. The farm has grown to become one of the largest such attractions in the country, now including adventure playgrounds, a gift shop, farm shop and restaurants. The animals themselves are the main appeal though, with a rare breeds barn and milking demonstrations. There are car parking and admission charges, though parking is free and admission reduced after 3.30pm, follow the link to the farm website for details. The farm is also host to the Underneath The Stars Festival of art, music, food and drink in July. Bus 92 connects Barnsley to Cawthorne village, a walk of about a mile to Cannon Hall Farm. On Sundays three 92A services run to Cannon Hall.
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Elsecar Heritage CentreWath Road, Elsecar
The heritage centre is located in a former ironworks and colliery workshops and houses an antique centre, craft workshops and exhibitions of the past history of the conservation village of Elsecar. Key attractions are the 1795 Newcomen Beam Engine, the only one of its kind to have been preserved in its original location, and the Elsecar Heritage Railway, which operates mainly at weekends along a restored part of a branch line which served collieries and iron works. The centre stages a series of events, including children's activities, car shows and auctions. The Heritage Centre is 6 miles south-south-east of Barnsley. It can be reached from Barnsley by bus on route 66 or by train to Elsecar station, from where it is a walk of about half a mile.
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Wentworth Castle Gardens
The Grade I listed gardens and parkland of Wentworth Castle, a country house at Stainborough, near Barnsley, were reopened in 2019 by the National Trust in partnership with Barnsley Council and Northern College, which occupies the house, which is closed to visitors.
The gardens, like the house itself, are largely the result of family rivalry in the 18th century with the inheriters of Wentworth Woodhouse, a spectacular country house around six miles away. Miles of parkland include various monuments and also Stainborough Castle, a folly ruined castle of medieval appearance which continues the name of an earlier house at Wentworth Castle. A Union Jack Garden commemorates the union of England and Scotland in 1707 and there is also a Victorian conservatory.
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Yorkshire Sculpture Park
West BrettonThe Yorkshire Sculpture Park is the UK's leading open-air sculpture gallery, situated at
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National Coal Mining Museum for England
The National Coal Mining Museum for England is mid-way between
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Peak District National ParkThe vast area of the Peak District National Park starts around 10 miles to the west of Barnsley town centre, stretching from Yorkshire into Derbyshire and beyond. For more details see our
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Civil parish councilPenistone Town Council
Provides some local services in the area.
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Metropolitan district council
Barnsley is one of four metropolitan district authorities within the county of South Yorkshire.
It covers Barnsley and dozens of other towns, villages and hamlets, stretching for around 20 miles east to west and around 10 miles north to south. The western part of the borough includes an area of the
Barnsley council's 63 councillors serve three per ward across 13 wards for a four-year term. An election of one councillor per ward takes place each year with no election in the fourth year. An election of one-third of the council due to be held in 2020 has been postponed to 2021.
Barnsley MBC website.
The political composition after the May 2019 election was:
County strategic authorityBarnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Combined Authority
Police and Crime CommissionerThe Police and Crime Commissioner for South Yorkshire
Fire AuthoritySouth Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority
The fire authority is made up of elected members of each of the four metropolitan district councils of South Yorkshire - Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.