Guided Tour of the Earl's Village

Join Elsecar’s expert guides for a fascinating tour of the Heritage Centre and immediate surrounding area. Tours start at 2pm at the Visitor Centre every Sunday. Free, donations welcome.


You will be amazed by the fantastic range of shops, studios and cafés.

Newcomen Open Days

Book at the Visitor Centre to enjoy special 45 minute tours and see the Newcomen engine in action, tour the New Colliery and look down its Georgian mineshaft. The next tours are on Sunday 18 August at 11am, 12pm and 1pm.

Venue Hire

The Ironworks at Elsecar is a flexible space available to hire for a range of private and public events.


A unique setting with a rich heritage, Elsecar is an extraordinary venue for your special day. It will delight guests and provide a stunning backdrop for your wedding.


Our museums give children of all ages the opportunity to discover new things and feel inspired. Young people like museum visits as they help improve relationships with classmates and teachers, giving them the chance to get to know each other better in a unique environment.

Elsecar Heritage Centre

Elsecar is a remarkable village, transformed by the Earls Fitzwilliam into a thriving centre of iron and coal. Visitors can browse the Earls Fitzwilliam’s workshops, now packed with shops, traditional cafes, delicatessens and antiques.

Events & Exhibitions


Latest News

Double win for Barnsley Museums of prestigious Sandford Award

Cannon Hall Museum and Elsecar Heritage Centre, two of Barnsley Museums’ five fantastic free sites have secured a Sandford Award for Heritage Education. This was given for their outstanding learning programme and facilities available to school visits.


Record Numbers Visit Barnsley Museums

It has been a record breaking year for Barnsley Museums as they have welcomed over 1.2M visitors to their five fantastic sites across the borough.


Heat wave reveals traces of forgotten World War 2 houses

Last summer’s heat wave revealed traces of World War 2 houses in the village of Elsecar and this has now inspired an exciting new research project. Based on the discoveries from last year’s unusually hot weather, a team of researchers are now investigating a row of forgotten post-war prefab houses on Millhouses Street, Hoyland - now the Milton Forge playing field, and would love to hear from the people who lived in them.