Things to do in South Yorkshire
South Yorkshire was created as a metropolitan county in 1974.
The area was previously the southern part of the West Riding of Yorkshire.
The County comprises four administrative districts - Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster and Barnsley.
Sheffield is the fourth largest city in England, famous for the production of steel and cutlery.
It's a great place to visit with a vast choice of shops, restaurants, leisure and sporting facilities, museums, art galleries and attractions.
Sheffield is known as England's greenest city and boasts such facilities as the Sheffield Botanical Gardens.
Additionally, it has over 50 public parks so you're never far from a pleasant place to relax.
The Peak District National Park lies to the west of the city approximately five miles from the centre. The Rivers Sheaf (from which Sheffield takes its name), Don and Rother flow through the surrounding countryside and provide opportunities for recreation. The river valleys lead to countryside of hills, lakes and moor land that lies to the north, south and west. There's lovely scenery here for walking, cycling or horse riding.
Rotherham is a busy industrial town sitting at the confluence of the Rivers Don and Rother. The Chapel of Our Lady - on the bridge spanning the River Don - dates to the 15th century and is one of the few remaining in Britain. Rotherham Minster, previously known as All Saints Church dates back to the 15th century. It's one of the finest and largest in the county, and is well worth visiting.
Further information about Rotherham and its history can be found at Clifton Park Museum. The Rotherham district is over 70% rural, with over 200 miles of footpaths, cycle trails and bridleways. There are three country parks to explore, pretty villages, woodlands and nature reserves.
As with Rotherham, South Yorkshire Tourist Information is housed in the central Library in Doncaster. Doncaster is a bustling market town with good shopping and some fine Georgian buildings, notably the Mansion House which has graced the High Street for over two centuries. In contrast is Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery. Purpose-built and opened in 1964, it displays collections of local history, natural history and fine and decorative art. The Regimental Museum for the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry is to be found in the same building.
The Museum of South Yorkshire Life is housed in Cusworth Hall. This is an imposing 18th century country house set in landscaped parklands. Doncaster is home of the famous 'St Ledger' - reputedly the oldest classic horse race in the world.
Anglers have the opportunity to catch salmon in the River Don, while Hayfield Fisheries continues the piscine theme, being home to the popular 'Fishomania'. Hatfield Water Park offers facilities for canoeing, dinghy sailing, windsurfing and coarse fishing. Many cycling and walking routes cover scenic paths throughout the Doncaster district.
Barnsley, the county's principle market town, was once at the heart of the south Yorkshire coalfield. Since the closure of the coal mines Barnsley has been undergoing extensive regeneration efforts. The 700 year old market still exists alongside modern shopping facilities.
Interesting attractions to visit here include Elsecar Heritage Centre - illustrating industrial heritage - and an interactive world of science and history.
Cannon Hall Museum, set in acres of historic parkland, which is home to the Regimental Museum of the 13th/18th Hussars (Queen Mary's Own). It's a must for anyone interested in military history.
Cawthorne Museum is the only survivor of John Ruskin's dream of a network of village museums set up throughout Britain. Wentworth Castle Gardens will be interesting to garden lovers, the gardens cover 40 acres with national plant collections.
Days out in South Yorkshire
Brodsworth Hall in Yorkshire is one of the most authentic Victorian country houses in England.
Cannon Hall Museum
Cannon Hall was designed by John Carr of York and is set in over 70 acres of historic parkland which includes beautiful formal gardens providing a perfect setting for picnics or relaxing strolls.
Cawthorne Victoria Jubilee Museum
In 1884, the Rev. Charles Tiplady Pratt, the parish vicar, founded the Cawthorne Museum Society. He wanted to encourage local youngsters to become interested in Natural History and start a museum collection.
Those who have read Sir Walter Scott's novel Ivanhoe will immediately recognize Conisbrough Castle which was featured in the famous story, set in Medieval England.
Cusworth Hall, Museum and Park
Cusworth Hall, Museum and Park has now re-opened to the public after several years of extensive restoration work.The Hall and its surrounding parkland have been transformed
Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery
Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery is full of exciting collections depicting various aspects of natural history, archaeology, local history and fine and decorative art.
Hatfield Water Park
The Water Park Lake is used for canoeing, dinghy sailing, windsurfing and sub-aqua. Structured RYA and BCU Courses are run at the Water Park for both adults and juniors.
Millennium Gallery Museum Sheffield
The Millennium Gallery Museum Sheffield is an award winning modern building, situated in the city centre of Sheffield. It was created at the time of Sheffield's Heart of the City regeneration project.
Sheffield Botanical Garden
Sheffield Botanical Gardens were designed in 1834 by Robert Marnock, a leading horticulturalist and landscape designer. The Gardens are listed by English Heritage as a Grade II site of special historic and architectural interest.
The Traditional Heritage Museum
This Sheffield museum comprises a fascinating collection of artefacts, housed in small reconstructed workshops representing typical local trades.
Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre
Discover a wild family day out, catch a glimpse into a faraway world and make friends with creatures great and small.
Wentworth Castle Gardens
One of the most important historic gardens in the North of England, this hidden gem celebrates its 300th anniversary in 2009.
Places to Visit in South Yorkshire
The town of Barnsley is in the former mining area of South Yorkshire, about 12 miles north of Sheffield.
The village of Bawtry lies on the border between South Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire, with Lincolnshire just down the road.
Brodsworth Hall was built between 1861 and 1863 for Charles Sabine Augustus Thellusson who inherited the estate in 1859 from his Great Grandfather Peter.
Doncaster is in South Yorkshire, close to the M1, the A1 and the M62 cross-Pennines route.
Great Houghton is a little village situated near Thurnscoe and Darfield in Barnsley.
Little Houghton is a quiet backwater. It wasn't always like this. In the eighteenth century it was a stopping place for traders on well established pack horse trails trading cloth and other goods across the country.
Mexborough is mentioned in the Doomsday Book, it featuring bustling little areas of activity set against a backdrop of historic features and interest.
Oughtibridge is a medium sized residential village on the outskirts of Sheffield. Just a stones throw from the peak district. Oughtibridge is surrounded by beautiful countryside and brilliant sights.
Penistone is a small South Yorkshire town of around 10,000 inhabitants, just outside Barnsley.
The Borough of Rotherham has a population of about 250,000, and lies on the rivers Rother and Don. The town was founded in the early Middle Ages, though there were Iron Age and Roman settlements here.
Sheffield is situated in the West Riding of Yorkshire, with the Peak National Park on the doorstep. There are abbeys, castles, priories and stately homes nearby to visit, and many interesting attractions within the city.
Tinsley is a small town located within walking distance of a large shopping centre. Tinsley prides itself on its close community, therefore it is a relatively safe area to be in.