Your Visit

Set within the attractive conservation village of Elsecar, Elsecar Heritage Centre is a unique family attraction and a working hub of industry. With a nearby park, canal-side walks and access to the Trans Pennine Trail, Elsecar Heritage Centre is a fascinating day out for all the family.

Visitors to Elsecar Heritage Centre will find an interesting variety of individual craft workshops, artist studios, antique centres and exhibitions alongside a children’s indoor play centre, cafe and a historical steam railway. The restored ironworks and colliery workshops are also home to Elsecar Visitor Centre which houses a small exhibition about Elsecar’s past.

Admission to the site is free, although some events may charge a small entry fee.

Shopping at Elsecar

There is great collection of craft workshops, shops, artist studios, antiques centres and businesses in residence at Elsecar Heritage Centre. Please note that the opening times for independent businesses at Elsecar may vary. 

Elsecar Heritage Railway

Elsecar Heritage Railway is located towards the rear of the Centre. 

Newcomen Beam Engine

The Newcomen Beam Engine is one of South Yorkshire’s finest surviving legacies of the Industrial Revolution. Built in 1795 the Engine was designed to extract water from Elsecar New Colliery to allow the exploration of deeper coal seams. 

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