Away Days - Travel Guide: Barnsley vs. Cardiff City
The Bluebirds head to Oakwell on Tuesday night...
Those supporters making the journey to Yorkshire by car will find a designated away car park at the old Queens Ground – postcode S71 1AN. The car journey from stadium door to door takes between 3:30 and 4 hours. Parking costs are £4 per car, £8 for a mini-bus and £15 for coaches.
The journey by train from Cardiff Central takes roughly four hours, with changes at Bristol Parkway and Sheffield. The closest train station to the stadium is Barnsley Interchange, which is about a 10-minute walk away. When exiting the train station, turn left away from the town centre and head towards the bridge that the dual-carriageway runs over. Supporters should then head towards the Metrodome Leisure Centre to arrive at the ground.
Oakwell has an overall capacity of 23,287, making it the fifth smallest stadium in the Sky Bet Championship this season. The stadium was opened in 1888, and underwent major renovation works between 1992 and 1999, which saw three new stands built and the old West Stand being modernised.
City fans will be located in the Palmer Construction Stand, which has an approximate capacity of 6,000. Formerly known as the North Stand, it is the newest addition to the stadium having been built in 1999. The Palmer Construction Stand is for away fans only, and turnstiles open an hour and a half before kick-off. The stand also has facilities to cater for eighteen wheelchair users. The club’s official matchday programme, Be Red can be purchased from the away end at a cost of £3.
Pies and Pints
Supporters should be advised that the Metrodome Leisure Centre has been recommended by our hosts as a pre-match venue that offers food and drink for visiting fans. Situated next to the away fan car park, the Leisure Centre is a short walking distance away from Oakwell. Other popular locations for away supporters include the Dove Inn and the Barnsley East Dene Club.
Of course, food and drink is also available inside the Oakwell concourse, with the usual range of matchday options on offer. A selection of pies are available for 3.20, and you can add peas and gravy for an extra pound. burgers cost £3.60, hot-dogs £3.80 and chips £2.50. A variety of beverages are also available, such as Coors Light, Worthington’s and various types Cider, along with the usual hot and soft drinks.
Food for Thought
If you are looking for something to eat either before our after our match with the Tykes, there are plenty of options available. Langdale Fisheries is a popular fish and chip shop stop within walking distance of the stadium, and is the closest fast food outlet to the ground. The Corner Pocket Bistro is another recommended option that serves a range of high quality homemade meals, with an adjoining snooker bar owned by 1986 World Champion Joe Johnson.
There are also a number of restaurants in the town centre that offer a variety of dishes, including the Lemon Tree in Peel Square that specialises in Mediterranean and Turkish cuisine. Also, the 8oz Burger Company in The Arcade is excellent location with a variety of burgers that also serves veggie and gluten free options.
Despite its reputation as an industrial town, Barnsley has a number of popular natural tourist attractions, including Cannon Hall (depicted above in a Christmas Card) and the adjacent farm, along with Wentworth Castle Gardens. The Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre is another popular activity closer to the town centre.