Whereas the farm is privately-owned, Cannon Hall is now run by Barnsley Council as the home for its collections. Inside, you can find out about Moorcroft Pottery, which is still going today, along with the history of the hall. Several of the rooms have been decked out with their original Georgian furnishings.
Cannon Hall is a popular wedding venue, and this is reflected in its current special exhibition, Tales of the Wedding Dress. You can see the wedding dresses worn by several famous actresses in major films, such as those worn by Keira Knightly in Pride and Prejudice, or Jenna Coleman in Victoria. There are also several dresses made in Barnsley, and the stories of the brides who wore them. These range from the very recent to earlier twentieth century examples. This exhibition runs until the 3rd September, so you have just over a month to visit it.
Outside the hall are some extensive public gardens. We didn’t have time to look at these unfortunately, but what we could see looked nice. Although it’s in the Barnsley metropolitan district, the countryside in this area is actually very picturesque.
We didn’t plan to visit Cannon Hall but it was a nice brief diversion. If you’re visiting the farm next door, it may be worth setting aside up to an hour to visit the museum as well. Entry is free, although you will need to pay to park in the farm’s car park.