Oakwell Hall Country Park
Oakwell Hall and Country Park
This beautiful Elizabethan manor house has delighted visitors for centuries. Visiting in the 19th Century, Charlotte Brontë featured it as 'Fieldhead' - the home of the heroine in 'Shirley'. Built in 1583, the hall is now set out as it would have been in tht 1690s, when it was the home of the Batt family. A mixture of authentic and reproduction furnishings provide a real insight into late 17th century life.
The Batts were members of the gentry and staunch Royalists. Visitors today can easily imagine themselves in post Civil War England when faced with the imposing Great Hall with its gallery, the elegant Painted Chamber and the beautifully panelled parlour: "this parlour was lined with oak; fine, dark, glossy panels compassed the walls. Very handsome, reader, these shining brown panels are, very mellow in colouring and tasteful in effect."
Set in beautiful countryside where you can stroll around the delightful period garden or check out the inhabitants of the wildlife access garden. Pause for refreshments in the Oak Tree Café and treat yourself to a present from the well-stocked shop.
Visit often and watch the seasons change in the country park - 100 acres of the original estate for you to explore. As well as waymarked nature trails and numerous picnic areas, there's an equestrian arena and an adventure playground.
Then explore the 'Discover Oakwell' exhibition. This unique, interactive display, just off the courtyard, introduces children (and grown-ups, too) to the ecology of a country park.
Look out for the events programme. From period candlelight evenings to lively family activities, there's plenty to bring Oakwell to life!
Museum, Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site
Mon - Fri 11.00-17.00
Sat - Sun 12.00-17.00
We regret that all parts of our museum sites are not yet fully accessible. Fire regulations mean that there are also restrictions on the use of prams and pushchairs indoors. Please contact the museum for further details and any other access information that will help you to plan your visit.
Natural Sciences, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Personalities, Social History
Discover our wildlife-rich country park with a programme of activities aimed at children 12 years and under. All our Nature Club events are free.
How to obtain
Oakwell Hall Country Park's Nature Club is free but does ask for a voluntary donation on the day to cover running costs. Booking is essential. Contact Eric Brown on 01924 326240.
If you are between aged 8-14 years and want to try something a bit challenging, while helping the Oakwell Hall Country Park grounds and wildlife at the same time, this could be for you. Join Park Rangers to carry out practical conservation work while you learn new skills and make new friends. Tools and training are provided.
How to obtain
Advance booking is essential and parents or carers must sign a consent form. Contact Patrick Crowley, Ranger on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01924 326240 for more details.