BARNSLEY’S museums welcomed over 1.3 million visitors across its venues over the last year, according to a report discussed at by cabinet members on Wednesday.

However, the final quarter’s performance was heavily affected due to Covid-19 as closures led to an estimated loss of 40,000 to 70,000 visitors in March.

The new addition of Wentworth Castle Gardens also proved to be a success as it contributed £406,381 to the quarter four figures - exceeding the council’s target.

The service as a whole shows year-on-year growth of over five per cent.