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Sad last day of Wentworth Castle Gardens

April 21, 2017 | 1 Comment

Inside the Victorian glasshouse conservatory, which was recently restored and featured on Restoration.

Last Bank Holiday Monday saw a sad farewell to Wentworth Castle Gardens, near Barnsley, which is now shut to the public despite more than £20m spent in the last 15 years bring it back to glory following decades of neglect.

The famous rhododendrons of which there are many, and in bloom now, although not for the public to see any longer.

Wentworth Castle gardens and park are considered to be one of the finest landscapes in England, featuring the original 18th Century Baroque layout, a mock castle, a domed temple, Lady Lucy’s Walk (a beautiful avenue of limes, said to be haunted by young noblewoman not allowed to marry the gardener) and a stunning Victorian conservatory whch was featured in the Restoration TV programme and completely taken apart and restored.

Wentworth Castle Gardens had lots for children to do – the scarecrows for Easter celebrations last Monday.

Wentworth Castle Gardens are the only Grade I-Listed landscape in South Yorkshire. Founder Thomas Wentworth built the estate after a bitter dispute over the inheritance of the family seat at Wentworth Woodhouse seven miles away, which has just been given Government support to save it.

I just loved this bench. Just one of so many gorgeous little features.

Too few visitors has been cited as the cause of closure, but last Monday, the gardens, tearoom, shop and famous glasshouse and castle folly were packed with those making the most of so many lesser-known gems and sights. A small choir sang a mournful song in one of the lovely gardens, clearly upset. It’s such a shame.

Back inside the conservatory. If you get a chance to visit in the future, don’t miss it.

Anyway, the pictures, taken here on the last public day of Wentworth Castle Gardens, speak for themselves. Let’s hope something happens to open them again.

One thought on “Sad last day of Wentworth Castle Gardens

  1. Meike

    That really is a shame! I wonder whether “lack of visitors” is the true reason for the closure. And what now? Will it just fall into neglect and disrepair again?
    I think I’ve been there years ago, while visiting friends in Wath-upon-Dearne. Was the house available for weddings? I seem to remember we went there because our friends wanted to show us where their wedding was to take place later the same year.


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