Elsecar Heritage Centre, Barnsley

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Elsecar Heritage Centre is a living history centre in Elsecar, South Yorkshire, England.
The buildings were originally used for various industries including ironworks and forges, a distillery, and engineering workshops. These fell into decline when the coal mines in the village closed.
It has its own Elsecar goods station (called Rockingham Station) on the Elsecar Steam Railway, with a running shed behind the main centre. During some special events, trips are run to Hemingfield Basin. There are plans to extend the line to Cortonwood and build two stations (one at Cortonwood and the other at Hemingfield). The railway's depot is home to a selection of steam locomotives as well as a diesel locomotive.
It comprises shops, galleries, art studios and an exhibition hall. It runs craft workshops, special events, and a monthly antiques fair.
Elsecar Heritage Centre hosts the 16mm Garden Railway Show every year which is organised by the Yorkshire Group of 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers Ltd.
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  • My friend & myself visited this place today & were met with the rudest staff I have ever encountered. We were firmly told that only 1 person at a time could enter the place & if we wished to have a...  more »
  • We visited on Friday 13th March. Maybe that was the problem. We expected a mecca of industrial archaeology -what a disappointment. Some posters explained something of the history and a couple of...  more »
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  • Good parking and easy to find via the brown tourist signs. Lots of nice independent outlets and antique shops. Do look at the buildings/site its quite an historic location with info boards around. Toilets and a couple of cafe's on site. Dogs allowed but not in some of the shops.
  • Lovely place to visit. It has small artisan shops, a cafe and a really good antiques centre. You can pass a good couple of hours here . It also holds craft events and has the steam railway at the back.
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