Wentworth Castle Gardens – A Riot of Colour

It may have lost out on funding from the BBC2 program ‘Restoration’ in 2003 but fortunately Wentworth Castle Gardens has subsequently received significant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and others.  A visit in May revealed the magnificent results of the first phase of the restoration program.  The gardens were in full bloom, especially the Union Jack, Victorian (above), and Azalea (below) gardens.

In addition to the beautiful gardens you can also explore the restored Victorian folly ‘Stainborough Castle’ that was built between 1727 and 1730. There is an excellent visitor centre and cafe in one of the tastefully restored estate buildings.  Wentworth Castle Gardens is 2 miles southwest of Barnsley in South Yorkshire, just over 10 miles from Sheffield city centre.  <BIPS © 2008>

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