Course Venue - Barnsley Leeds/Sheffield Area - Wentworth Castle  

APAC's first training venue in the North of England is the Northern College, Wentworth Castle, Stainborough where the Certificate in Therapeutic Play and Diploma in Play Therapy courses will be held, starting in February 2007. Wentworth Castle has one of the most beautiful and impressive settings in England and is easily accessible by road and rail from the North East of England, Bradford, Huddersfield, Sheffield and Yorkshire as well as Leeds. See drivetime map.

It has an excellent environment for experiential therapeutic training.  

Address: Northern College, Wentworth Castle, Stainborough, Barnsley, S75 3ET  

Phone: 01825 761143 (APAC) - for course booking enquiries  or 01226 776000 for messages for course participants only

E-mail: - course bookings and enquiries

Website: for information about this venue.  

Drivetime Map - shows the area that is within approximately 2 hours drive of Wentworth Castle. 


From the North via M1 Take first exit from J37 roundabout. Keep in middle lane until you reach main traffic lights. Turn right at traffic lights. Continue along road (approx 1 mile) until it changes into a dual carriage way, stay in the right hand lane until you reach the filter road to turn right across the dual carriage way, at the traffic lights. After turning right, continue down the hill, over the motorway bridge and then first left into Gilroyd village. Follow winding road through Gilroyd, over small bridge and sharp bend to the T Junction. Turn right up Stainborough Lowe hill, and continue for approx half a mile. The College entrance is on the left hand side at the top of the hill.

From the South via M1

Exit junction 36, take third exit (A61 Barnsley South), at the small (second) roundabout take the first exit (still A61 Barnsley South). After approx 500 yards take the left turning, by the obelisk, into The Walk (signposted Pilley). Stay on this road for three miles, passing under the motorway and through Stainborough village. Halfway up the hill turn left into the College drive which is clearly signposted.  

From Sheffield I Huddersfield via A629

Upon arrival in Thurgoland you should turn right (from Sheffield) or left (from Huddersfield) at the traffic lights - one set in the village. Stay on this road approx two miles, through Hood Green village and find the College drive on your right as you descend a hill.    


Please contact the venue for accommodation information and booking. There is ample car parking space.  

Other Information  

Wentworth Castle was the home of the Earls of Stafford during the 18th century when most of the existing buildings were built and the gardens and surrounding park designed.  The main house is a Grade 1 listed building of great historical importance and is encircled by the only Grade 1 listed landscape in South Yorkshire.  

Its thirty-eight acres of grounds and gardens are of outstanding botanical and environmental interest.  The gardens contain the national collection of many varieties of rhododendron, camellia, magnolia and other Asiatic flowering plants, as well as native European species.  The blooms are dazzling in May and June and provide a tranquil retreat during breaks from activities.   Wentworth Castle and Stainborough Park Heritage Trust has successfully raised £13m to restore the listed buildings, monuments and landscape features.  This work, when completed, will further enhance this very beautiful location.  

The photographs on this page are attributed to David Birtles & Petra Senders 

Explore Wentworth Castle with a Virtual Tour provided by Northern College.

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