EXPERIENCE Barnsley has welcomed its 40,000th visitor since its June opening.

The museum, inside Barnsley Town Hall, opened on June 27 but has already been hugely popular.

Lyndsey Woodger, who visited the museum with her two-year-old son Nathan, was presented with a certificate entitling her to a meal for two at the Experience Barnsley café, a £10 voucher for the visitor centre and a goody bag when the milestone number of visitors was reached.

"This is a return visit for us - I just thought I’d pop in as I was in town picking Nathan up from nursery," said Lyndsey.

With an original target of attracting 10,000 visitors per month, the museum is exceeding expectations.

Cllr Roy Miller, cabinet spokesperson, development, environment and culture for Barnsley Council, said: “It doesn’t surprise me that we’ve now welcomed 40,000 visitors to Experience Barnsley. There’s so much to see - it appeals to everyone.

"It’s a real gem at the heart of Barnsley town centre in such an iconic building, and something I know that many people in Barnsley are proud to be a part of.

"Coupled with the beautiful gardens and fountains outside in the Barnsley Pals Centenary Square, it’s a wonderful visitor experience."