Local Attraction near Penistone

Good place to hang out with friends and family

Penistone is the nearest town to our holiday cottages. The town hosts a popular annual music and arts festival which attracts visitors from far and wide. If you’re looking for shops, there’s a vibrant high street with plenty of independent retailers and boutique stores. For a bigger shopping experience, the bright lights of Sheffield and Leeds are not far away. There’s a host of things to see and do nearby but here’s an easy list to choose your favourite.

Local Attractions

Trans Pennine Trail

A beautiful and interesting walk way, the Trans Pennine Trail is easily accessible for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. The off-road route has roughly 370 miles to explore, linking the North and Irish sea and passing through the Pennines, with wonderful views of quieter places it also passes through some of the best cities and historic towns in the North of England. We are lucky enough to be very close to this, perfect for any guests who are keen on the outdoors. It runs immediately behind Weavers Cottage and Leapings Cottage, it is a 2 minute walk from Aitken House and is a 5/10 minute drive from our Unsliven Bridge Cottages.

Hathersage Village

In the heart of the Peak District is the beautiful little village of Hathersage. Surrounded by the beautiful Peak District National Park, Hathersage has plenty of little shops, pubs and cafes to choose from, including the fantastic Pool Café, now with a lovely outdoor seating area, it is well loved by walkers, cyclists, climbers and swimmers. The Pool Café being a part of the wonderful outdoor swimming pool in Hathersage, with views looking out at Stanage Edge (filming location for Pride & Prejudice) it has hot showers and is heated to 28C. Approx  18 miles (30 minutes) away from our cottages.

Cannon Hall Farm

The award winning farm and proud host of Springtime on the Farm can entertain the whole family. It has every farm animal you could think of, a reptile house, an indoor play centre and a toy and gift shop. A great day out for all the family and a firm favorite for children.  Also situated up at the Farm is the Cannon Hall Farm Shop, The White Bull (café/restaurant) and The Lucky Pup (specifically dog friendly café). The White Bull also has afternoon tea and holds a Supper Club every Friday evening.

If you would like to source some amazing ingredients for meals or a BBQ while staying at one of our cottages, the Cannon Hall Farm Shop is definitely worth a visit. They have a huge range of meats available from their own farm, their own bakery, a chocolate shop and gin wall filled with local gins/tonics/wines/beers etc, also in the shop are plenty of jams, condiments, sauces, homeware and gifts.

Between 6-9 miles away from the cottages. Approx 15-20 minutes away.

Cannon Hall Park

Cannon Hall is the perfect place for a day out and only a short drive away from all of our properties in the beautiful village of Cawthorne. There are things to do for all the family whether you have children or not.

If you just want a stroll around the lovely park and gardens to see the various plants, trees and flowers, there is plenty of space for children or dogs to play in the grounds, there is a small café and often an ice cream van in the large car park and recently introduced to the lake is The Little Boat Company to hire pedal boats, swan pedal boats and rowing boats, great for a sunny day! There is also a wonderful childrens dragon trial that runs through parts of the grounds. Perfect for families to tire out the little ones. At the top end of the parkland is the Cannon Hall Museum and Gardens an interesting and quiet addition to your day out, the museum houses a fine selection of glassware, ceramics, furniture and paintings

The Cannon Hall Garden Centre and Thyme Bistro is just opposite the car park for the parkland, the garden centre has a wonderful selection of all types of flowers, garden ornaments, furniture, gardening tools etc and are proud stockists of Joules, Barbour and Seasalt clothing, also selling lovely homeware, gifts and pet supplies. The Thyme Bistro is a great spot for a tea/coffee and cake or lunch all made with fresh local ingredients. They are open 7 days a week and also do a lovely afternoon tea!

Between 6-9 miles away from the cottages. Approx 15-20 minutes away

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a registered charity, it is approximately a 20 minute drive from our cottages and is set in the Bretton Hall Country Park Estate. The open air collection is one of the best to be seen with over 100 sculptures and installations to see in the beautiful parkland. Tickets must be booked before arriving, these are £6pp and include parking for your car. There is also a restaurant, café, indoor galleries and a gift shop. They often have different exhibitions and events going on through the year, to see which one is on at the time of your stay you can visit their website. This is great for all the family. Stretch those legs, take in the countryside air and admire the amazing statues during your visit. Between 12-17 miles away from the cottage. Approx 20 – 30 minutes away.

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Roughly a 50 minute drive away, the Yorkshire Wildlife Park offers a great day out for anyone with over 60 species of different animals to see from Polar Bears to Hyenas to Meerkats. You can have different animal experiences while you and there and get up close learning as you go. There are ranger talks, animal displays, play areas, a gift shop and a café with afternoon tea available. It has free parking and you have to pre book tickets. A fantastic day out for the whole family. Children will be thoroughly entertained. Approx 37 miles (50 minutes) away from cottage.

Rother Valley Country Park

If you’re lucky enough to have a sunny day during your stay with us then Rother Valley Country Park s a great place to visit for a day out. Another firm family favorite. There are lots of activities for all ages and abilities on land and on water. You choose from sailing, wind surfing, zorbing, canoeing, cycling, pedal boating, rowing, go karting, fishing (with license), there’s also an animal feeding area, a craft centre and a nature reserve. All can be hired from the activity centre along with wetsuits buoyancy aids. The walk around the lakes is just over 3 miles long if you prefer a quieter and calmer day out. Only a 35/40 minute drive away it be reached easily by car. Approx 28 miles (45 minutes) away.


The small town of Holmfirth is only a 15/20 minute drive from our cottages and is the location of the well-known and popular television series Last of the Summer Wine. A lot of the original buildings and filming locations are still around and you can pay a visit to the Summer Wine exhibition and gift shop.

It’s beautiful scenery and views is popular with walkers and full of wildlife, the moors are easily accessible from here and the view from Holme Moss View Point (a popular destination to cycle to but also reachable by car) is spectacular. There are multiple markets each week, the general market is on a Thursday, the craft and food market is on a Saturday and the farmers market is every third Sunday.

There are plenty of different cafes, retail shops, craft/homeware shops and charity shops to look around. Holmfirth is also great for going out in the evening. There are plenty of great restaurants and bars to choose from, not to mention the Picturedrome, a live music venue also showing films and stand up comedy. Between 11-13 miles away. Approx 13 minutes away.

National Coal Mining Museum

With your hard hat and head lamp at the ready you can venture down what was once a working mine at the National Coal Mining Museum. It’s only a 30 minute drive from our cottages and is a fun and informative day out. All of the underground tours are led by ex-miners so the 140 meter trip down into the mine will be full of anecdotal information. There is limited availability for these on the day but they do recommend you pre-book to avoid disappointment, the tour is only £5pp and everything else is free.

As well as so much to see and learn about the world and history of mining like the old machines and buildings used in the past, there are all sorts of other things to see here too to make it a fun day out including a big adventure playground, bird hides to watch the wildlife, a nature trail through woodland, a library of mining, a café, an exhibition gallery, a soft play area and the pony discovery centre! It is open Wednesday – Sunday every week with the underground tours available between 10.15am – 3.30pm. Between 12 and 18 miles away from the cottages. Approx 30 minutes away. 

Magna (the Science Adventure Centre)

For an informative day yet still full of fun then Magna is a great place to visit. Built inside former steelworks (wearing a coat is advisable), the Magna Science Adventure Centre is full of exhibits focusing on Air, Earth, Fire, Water, Science and the History of Steel including ‘The Big Melt’. All the learning is made interesting with fun facts and plenty of interactive exhibits. There is also a café, a gift shop, an outdoor splash park and an adventure playground, both free to enter with a general admission ticket. Approx 15 miles (30 minutes) away from our cottages.

Underbank Activity Centre

Only 2 minutes away from our Unsliven Bridge Cottages and only 5/10 minutes from our other properties is the Underbank Activity Centre on the shore of Underbank Reservoir. There are plenty of watersports and land-based activities to choose from with all kit included. They also have the self-launch option for anyone who has their own equipment, for £6 per vessel you can park up and head out onto the water. From The Barn and Farm this is located on the reservior next to the cottage. From other cottages this is approx 6 miles or 10 minutes away.


Eureka is in Halifax, just under an hours drive away from our cottages, and is the National Children’s Museum filled with fun and educational interactive learning. It has 6 different zones to see, has plenty of space outside and a space for creativity, sure to be enjoyed by any younger guests. Approx 25 miles (1 hour) away from our cottages.

Oddwood & Co

The UK’s only Woodland Escape game, Oddwood & Co is an independent family run business. Every game is individually designed and they have games suitable for all ages, from outdoor games to woodland parties. Built and created where they are based in the beautiful village of Cawthorne, the games allow your team to make their way through challenges and trials, testing your mental and physical abilities while having a lot of fun and enjoyment at the same time! Additionally, Oddwood & Co also have the option of mobile games, so if you are unable to get your whole team to their base, they could be available to come to you! A great option of fun for the whole family only a short drive away from our cottages.

Castleton Village

Castleton is a beautiful little village in the heart of the Hope Valley area of the Peak District. Sitting at the bottom of Mam Tor, meaning Mother Hill and known locally as the ‘Shivering Mountain’, the village can be reached by driving through the stunning limestone gorge of Winnats Pass or over the Strines road and through the Hope Valley.

It has lots of pubs and cafes to choose from and the information centre is a great place to visit, as well as a café it also has lots of information displays, the work of local artists and a lovely gift shop. Worth a visit is also the Peveril Castle, sitting high on the hill overlooking Castleton and is a ruined 11th century castle. The views from the castle make the steep walk up to it more than worth it!

Castleton is also well known for being the home of the semi- precious mineral Blue John and is the only place it can be mined. There are four Blue John mines to visit in Castleton, Treak Cliff Cavern and Blue John Cavern both have beautiful stalactites and stalagmites, Peak Cavern is the largest natural cave entrance in the British Isles and Speedwell Cavern has a flooded tunnel where visitors are taken by boat.

It’s a lovely place to visit especially on a sunny day, if you’re a fan of walking or hiking there’s also plenty of footpaths, in particular the walk along the Great Ridge from Mam Tor to Lose Hill is full of stunning views.