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Living And Working In Barnsley

Joanna Clare

Barnsley is a fairly large market town which is situated in South Yorkshire situated between Sheffield, Manchester and Leeds. It has held on proudly to its rich and industrial past and several films have been made here which encompass the fortitude and resilient character of both the people and the area.

With excellent road and rail links and an airport a little over twenty miles away, travel to other major towns and cities is straightforward. Barnsley is approximately 180 miles from London.

As a former prominent coal mining town which certainly and sadly witnessed its fair share of disasters, it has a long standing and ongoing tradition of brass bands which once typically consisted of the colliers. These days, most people have heard of the highly acclaimed Grimethorpe Colliery Band which was formed during World War One by the men who worked there and even now performs to huge audiences all over the country.

There are opportunities in many sectors in Barnsley which include education, health and care, IT, retail and manufacturing and construction. Barnsley has a strong and dynamic long term vision which is incorporated in its exciting Barnsley 2030 strategy. There have been several recent and significant investments in the town which supports the continued economic growth of Barnsley and it is transforming the town.

On the edge of the Peak District, Barnsley has some really beautiful countryside with wonderfully diverse landscapes which include a network of trails, routes and paths to explore, including the Trans Pennine Trail.

The town centre boasts an award winning market, dating back many centuries and has many unique stalls to browse. Fantastic shops, including the new and exciting Glass Works retail and leisure destination, and wonderful places to eat will ensure a great day of both retail therapy and relaxation.

There are several extremely interesting museums and galleries in Barnsley which include the Elsecar Heritage Centre where you can see what it was like to live and work in Victorian times and the Cannon Hall Museum which is a majestic historic house set within scenic parklands. Barnsley has over one hundred parks and playgrounds. Locke Park is popular with families as is the stunning country park adjoining Worsbrough Mill Museum. Monk Bretton Priory, which was founded in the 12th century, offers visitors the chance to see the splendid remains of a devoted Cluniac monastery.

Education standards in Barnsley are of a high standard with many schools rated as outstanding in the town which is excellent news for families who are also seeking a good neighbourhood. An average property will cost around £160,000 - often less - and there is a good variety of both rural and urban homes available. Earlier this year, Barnsley was named as the most affordable place to buy a home in Yorkshire which is a good incentive for first time buyers.

If you’re looking for a new career in Barnsley, we recommend attending our Barnsley Careers Fair! Our career fair will offer candidates from all backgrounds, experience and education levels the opportunity to speak to representatives from an abundance of local employers. Book a ticket today!

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