About Cannon Hall
There are many castles, manors and estates all over the country and some of them will surprise you with their grandeur. Cannon Hall in Barnsley is one such place and has a fairytale like feel about it. If your idea of a day well spent is looking at spectacular architecture, art work and relaxing with your family in a garden, Cannon Hall is a must visit for both foreign and local tourists.
Cannon Hall itself will not disappoint you; the building itself is magnificent and all 70 acres of the estate will have something to offer for you. Cannon Hall is a Georgian house that gets its name from Gilbert Canun who lived there in the 13th century. While today there might be an ethereal and a romantic feel to the surroundings the house holds a dark secret; a gruesome murder that took place somewhere in the late 14th century. The story will definitely intrigue all the lovers of history, who will want to find out more about it.
The house went through a major restructure in the 18th century; it was enlarged and new wings were added by a noted Georgian architect. It was also then that the landscaping of the estate took place and it was given it’s today’s almost poetic form. The parklands have everything you’d see in a fairytale; from waterfalls to lakes, vistas and follies. You can spend your day taking a leisurely stroll in the parklands and stopping for a picnic with your loved ones in these charmed surroundings; that’s utter bliss. Moreover the entry to the park and gardens is free.
Cannon Hall, Barnsley is also a museum today and holds some of the most outstanding work you will see when it comes to ceramics and glassware. The furniture and paintings on display are also top notch and will surely appeal to the art lovers. The Regimental Museum is another attraction here, which cannot be missed. Live the enchanted life of the British aristocracy for a day and give your family an outing to remember.
Entry to the grounds and museum is free.
There is a daily car park charge of £3
The main museum houses a grand collection of artworks including paintings, English furniture, Arts and Crafts ceramics and modern glassware.
The Friends of Cannon Hall recently purchased a new piece of Moorcroft pottery called “Sweet Harmony” by Rachel Bishop to add to the Museum’s collection. This was the first major addition to the collections for many years.
Museum Entry fee: Free
Museum Opening Times:
Easter to October
Saturday to Wednesday, 11am – 5pm (last admission 4:15pm)
Thursday to Friday, closed
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