wentworth_castle_gardensThis is the only Grade 1 listed landscape in South Yorkshire.
Enjoy the rare formal gardens. 
See the collection of Camellias, Magnolias & Rhododendrons. 
Over 500 acres of historic parkland to explore via the Parkland Trail.  
Discover the restored follies and the native woods. 
Perhaps you will encounter the red or the fallow deer as they graze in the park.

The Azalea Garden contains hybrid azaleas underplanted with bulbs and corms. They blossom in May and their wonderful scent fills the air.  In 1994, clearance work uncovered a beautiful Victorian rockery at the rear of the Azalea Garden and this has now been replanted with alpines

wentworth castle gardens and parkland mapIn 1885 Crompton & Fawkes of Chelmsford built The Conservatory, describing it in their catalogue as an "iron winter garden".  It is a rare example of a Victorian Glasshouse, with tiled floor, cast iron heating pipes, wrought iron grilles and stone benches that would have had placed upon them pot plants containing shrubs and spring bulbs.  The conservatory would have been filled with ferns, orchids and palms.  Inside still is a variety of Camellia Japonica thought to be 'Contessa Lavinia Maggi', raised in 1858.  The building is in poor condition and is at serious risk. In 2009 the Heritage Lottery Fund gave approval to restore it.  When complete, it will form a gateway to the 60 acre Pleasure Gardens.

See the Corinthian Temple above the south lawn.  Built in 1766 as a summerhouse, it is a beautiful, romantic folly so typical of the style of the 18th Century.

lady lucys walk pictureLady Lucy's Walk is named after one of the 1st Earl's daughters.  She fell in love with a gardener but the daughter of an earl and an estate gardener could never be permitted to marry.  It is said that she died of a broken heart and that the gardens are haunted by her lonely spirit.   

From the Secret Garden viewing platform is the most magnificent view of the Middle Garden, housing the Hardy Hybrid Rhododendron.  To date, 88 different hybrids have been identified, some of them quite rare and several that may have been bred right here at Wentworth.

The Rysbrack statue of the 1st Earl, resplendent in Roman attire, stands by the front of the house but was originally placed at the entrance to Stainborough Castle. 

The Secret Garden (Victorian Flower Garden) was laid out in the 18th Century as a bowling green, with a display garden added in the 19th Century.  At either end of the garden are observation platforms which offer amazing views.

wentworth castle gardens pictureThe Sun Monument was erected in 1747 in honour of Lady Mary, daughter of the 5th Earl of Kingston and Mary Fielding (the cousin of author Henry Fielding)

The Union Jack Garden is a rare example of a formal wilderness garden and dates from around 1715.  Engravings dating from the 1730s detail the original structure, which was in part designed in the shape of the Union Flag.  Oak edged with holly, laurel and yew trimmed at a height of 8ft, had niches cut into them in which it is likely that sculptures or seats were placed.

The Wilderness is an informal garden, providing shelter for rare birds such as hawfinches and nuthatches, as well as visiting kestrals, sparrowhawks, woodpeckers and owls.  Fungi such as the giant puff ball and the beef steak fungus are two of the over 200 different varieties of fungi recorded in the grounds annually.  The Wilderness is home to such trees and plants as Hydrangea, Eurcryphia, Hornbeam, Sorbus, Irish Yew, Sycamore and Monkey Puzzle

wentworth castle youtube click hereAlso - children's adventure playground in the old walled garden - zip slide, swings - and a castle with aerial walkways and slides! Sand put and play equipment for younger children.
Visitors' Centre in the 18th century barn. Cafe serving refreshments and home cooked food.

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Gardens open daily
Monday - Friday 11am - 3pm
Weekends 10am - 4pm

Lowe Lane, Stainborough, Barnsley, S75 3ET. approx 22 miles from Hope

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