Cannon Hall is a country house 5 mi west of Barnsley. It is located in a charming site, at the foot of green and peaceful hills, forming one of the nicest areas in South Yorkshire. It is possible to visit the interiors, but Cannon Hall is all about the huge park, which encompasses a lake, a walled garden, greenhouses and a waterfall.
There has been a house here from the Middle Ages, but the current building dates from the 18th century. It was built for the Spencer-Stanhopes, a family of Welsh descent who had made its fortune trading Yorkshire coal and iron. Cannon Hall was opened to the public in 1957.
The plain-looking house contains very nice Georgian interiors. Many rooms can be visited, from the kitchens downstairs to the state rooms upstairs. A part of the house was transformed into a museum focusing on decorative arts. It has a rather interesting collection of antique pottery, glassware and furniture.
Cannon Hall is located just outside of Cawthorne, a charming village which is worth a look. It is quintessentially English. There is a Saxon cross next to the church. The village is connected to Barnsley by bus 92.
The entrance to Cannon Hall is free but visitors need to pay for the car park. The house is closed on Mondays in summer, and it is only open Thursday-Sunday in winter, with a seasonal closure in January. See the website.
Families will enjoy a visit to Cannon Hall Farm, which is managed separately from the estate. The farm is just behind the house and it has all kinds of farm animals as well as a large shop. See the farm’s website for more information.
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