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DISCOVER DAYTRIPS OUTSIDE SHEFFIELD

Sheffield Informer is the independent travel guide offering a mixture of information and personal recommendations to help you make the most of your visit to Sheffield. Beyond the Sheffield border, there are many things to do in neighbouring and nearby areas.

 



Sheffield City Region

Sheffield City Region has more than 1.8 million people who live in the towns, villages and countryside in Derbyshire
(Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales and North East Derbyshire), Nottinghamshire (Bassetlaw) and South Yorkshire (Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham), as well as in the city of Sheffield.

An easy day trip from Sheffield, the region has a wealth of attractions and these are our recommendations:

Barnsley

The highlights (with public transport from Sheffield city centre listed where possible) include:

Cannon Hall Museum, Park and Gardens - a free entry country house museum with an art collection that includes ceramics, glass, furniture and fine art paintings. It also houses a regimental museum and has 70 acres of historic parkland including a walled garden. After your visit, you can do this 5 mile walk to Bretton Hall in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, or this circular walk. Nearby are Cannon Hall Farm and Maize Maze at Cawthorne. You can take a train or bus numbers including 265 to Barnsley, and then take bus numbers including 92A there.

Elsecar Heritage Centre - there are a few places to eat and a range of old-style shops, but for us it's the antiques centre that's the draw. A steam railway runs regularly and there's a large park and adjoining nature reserve across the road from the heritage centre car park. When you are there you can do this 3 mile walk to Tankersley. There's a direct train from Sheffield. As it's a further 12 minutes on the train to Barnsley town centre, you might want to check if there's a good exhibition on at the engaging Civic Gallery. There's also the Cooper Gallery, Experience Barnsley and independent shopping centres The Arcade and Peel Street Emporium nearby. The 47 acre Locke Park is just a mile south and from the town centre you can do this 2 mile walk to Monk Bretton Priory.

With a balcony and an usherette selling ice cream during the interval (when you can also buy drinks at the bar), Penistone Paramount offers one of Britain's most unusual film experiences. A genuine independent cinema, showing recent releases, with reasonable ticket prices. You can take a direct train or get buses including number 29 there.

Wentworth Castle Gardens and Stainborough Park - established in the 18th century, the 60 acres of relaxing formal and informal Grade I listed gardens are a haven for wildlife and host three national collections. There is also a recently restored Grade II* listed glasshouse, deer park, Wentworth Castle tours and adventure playground. You can take a train or bus numbers including 265 to Barnsley, and then catch bus numbers including 23, 23A and 24 there.

Worsbrough Mill - 17th century working water mill set in 240 acres of parkland with a 60 acre wildlife friendly reservoir. You can take a tour of the mill and learn about the milling process; there's also freshly ground artisan flour for sale. You can take direct buses including number 265 there.

Wortley Top Forge - an industrial museum, set in a 17th century water-powered heavy iron forge - the world's oldest. There is also a miniature railway, exhibits and free guided tours. Wortley Top Forge is on the Sheffield/Barnsley border, but due to its location and Sunday opening hours, it's very difficult to get to by public transport from Sheffield. However, you can a train or buses including number 265 to Barnsley and then catch buses including number 23A there.

If you are driving you can plan your route here.

If you are planning to travel by public transport, see Travel South Yorkshire to plan your journey. You should check if it's cheaper to get a one day South Yorkshire TravelMaster Day ticket that can be used on trains, buses and trams, rather than individual tickets. For bus routes see Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham network bus maps.

The English National Concession Travel Scheme (ENCTS) for senior citizens allows free off peak travel on buses. Off peak times are 0930 to 2300 on weekdays, and all day at weekends and on Bank Holidays.

Derbyshire

Derbyshire borders southern Sheffield and most of its northern area is part of the Sheffield City Region. The highlights (with public transport from Sheffield city centre listed where possible) include:

Chesterfield
Approximately 10 miles south of Sheffield is Chesterfield, the largest town in Derbyshire. It is famous for its crooked spire Parish Church (which you can tour). In the town centre, there is also Chesterfield Museum and Art Gallery which offers behind the scenes tours and an audio trail you can follow. Just a mile south is Queen's Park which has a lake, children's playground, miniature railway, and gelateria and cafe serving locally made ice-cream. You can get a train to Chesterfield or take bus numbers including 50 and X17 there.

Outside the town centre:

Barrow Hill
is Britain's last surviving working roundhouse. You can get a train to Chesterfield or bus numbers including 50 or X17. From Chesterfield take bus numbers including 90 there.

Revolution House has its place in history as the dwelling where the 'Glorious Revolution' was plotted. Nearby is Brearley Park Wetlands Nature Reserve. You can get a direct bus there, including numbers 43, 44, 50 and 50A.

Country houses – grand historic houses with acres of land, or gardens to explore:
Chatsworth - spectacular stately home, said to have been the inspiration for Jane Austen's Pemberley in Pride and Prejudice. A great day out with a 1,000 acre park, farm, maze, children's adventure playground, innovative exhibitions and 30 rooms to browse in the house. You can get direct buses including number 218 there.

Haddon Hall - Medieval and Tudor manor house with Elizabethan terraced gardens, it's a popular film location. You can take buses including number 218 to Rowsley and then you can take a short ride on buses including the TP there.

Hardwick Hall - tells the story of Bess of Hardwick's Elizabethan work of art. Neighbouring Hardwick Old Hall is roofless but has stunning decorative plasterwork and a permanent exhibition. Also close by is Stainsby Mill which showcases an operational watermill (and sells freshly milled flour). You can follow the Miller's Shoe Walk when you are there. You can take a train to Chesterfield or get bus numbers including 50 and X17. And from Chesterfield coach station, catch buses including the Pronto there.

Kedleston Hall - 1760s spectacular Neoclassical mansion located in a historic park. You can take a train to Derby and then get buses including number 114 there.

Other towns, villages and attractions:
Bakewell - famous for the Bakewell pudding. A market town with a museum, photography gallery, regular fairs, music festival, environmental festival, agricultural show, visitor centre and weekly brewery tours. You can follow this trail while you are there. Monday is market day; feeding ducks beside the River Wye is a popular activity. You can get direct buses including numbers 215, 218 and 275 there.

Bolsover Castle and Bolsover Cundy House - a mostly ruined fantasy castle/stately home which still has some decoration, and wall and ceiling paintings that hint at its past heyday glory. You can take a walk along the top of the walls of the castle and enjoy views over the surrounding countryside. When you are done, you can follow this trail around Bolsover town centre or visit Peter Fidler Nature Reserve. You can take direct buses including number 53 there. Alternatively, take a train to Chesterfield, then catch bus numbers including 49 and 83 there.

Buxton - architecturally stunning, this spa town has many attractions including a museum, 23 acre gardens with gallery and botanical conservatory, regular opera house tours, miniature railway, tram tours, great festivals (including puppet, art, adventure film, Gilbert and Sullivan, film, food and drink, and walking) and you can take your own bottles and fill them with spring water at St Anne’s Well. You can get direct buses including number 65 there.

Castleton - famous for its caverns: Blue John Cavern, Peak Cavern, Speedwell Cavern and Treak Peak Cavern. Also worth visiting is Peveril Castle, Castleton Village Museum, and Mam Tor, whose spectacular views can be walked to. You can get direct buses including numbers 272, 273 and 274 there.

Crich Tramway Village - includes the National Tramway Museum, a recreated period street with pub, cafe, old-style sweet shop and you can hop onto a vintage tram. There are stops along the mile long route, with the last stops Woodland Walk and Sculpture Trail, offering amazing views over the Derwent Valley. You can get a train to Alfreton and then catch bus numbers including 140 and 142 there.

Cromford Mills - part of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. Situated on the banks of the River Derwent, Cromford Mills pioneered factory production with the world’s first successful water powered cotton spinning mill. You can take a train to Derby and then change to a train to Cromford. Alternatively, you can get direct buses including number 218 to Bakewell and then catch buses including the TP to Cromford.

Edale - popular with walkers, climbers and cyclists, Edale is at the start/end of the Pennine Way. It enjoys fantastic views lying just below Kinder Scout and across the valley from Mam Tor. The village also has a visitor centre which provides an insight into the moorland landscape. The Folk Train is an unusual way to end the day. You can take a direct train there.

Eyam - famous for its residents' self-sacrifice during the 1665 plague outbreak. It's home to Eyam Museum and Eyam Hall and Craft Centre. You can take direct buses including number 65 there.

Hathersage - said to be have been an inspiration for Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. The village's highlights include the David Mellor Design Centre, an outdoor swimming pool and the Grade I listed St. Michael and All Angels Church, which is the alleged resting place of Little John (of Robin Hood fame). 1 mile outside the village is Hope Valley Ice Cream Parlour. Just north of Hathersage on the Sheffield border is Stanage Edge - a 4 mile gritstone cliff that's popular with climbers and walkers. You can get a direct train or direct buses including number 272 to Hathersage.

Longshaw Estate - with ancient woods, parkland and heather moorland, it's good for walking. If you want a planned route you can follow this 2.25 mile walk. It has a decent cafe. You can take direct buses including 65, 215 and 272 there.

Masson Mills Textile Museum - a showcase of historic 18th to 20th century British working textile machines. You can take a train to Derby and then change to a train to Matlock Bath. Alternatively, you can get direct buses including number 218 to Bakewell, and then catch buses including the TP there.

Matlock Bath - the feel of an old-style seaside resort but without the sea! Attractions include the Heights cavern and hilltop park, an aquarium, photographic museum, textile museum and mining museum. When you are there, you can follow this short walk around the area. You can take a train to Derby and then change to a train to Matlock Bath. Alternatively, you can get direct buses including number 218 to Bakewell and then catch buses including the TP there.

Monsal Trail - 8.5 mile former railway tunnel. Great for walking or cycling, whatever the weather. Along the route there's a child-friendly café/bookshop where bikes can be hired, and also a bike hire shop. To get to the start of the trail, you can take bus numbers including 215, 218 and 275 to Bakewell. At the end of the trail, you can get buses including number 65 back to Sheffield.

Peak Rail - 4 mile heritage railway with steam and diesel locomotives from Rowsley South to Matlock. You can take bus numbers including 218 to Rowsley.

Renishaw Hall - this home of the Sitwells has fabulous 8 acre historic Italianate gardens, a museum and tours of both the hall and vineyard. You can take bus numbers including 50, 50A and 53 to Eckington bus station and then it's approximately a 1 mile walk.

Tissington Hall - 400 year-old hall and gardens. Tissington village is famous for its well dressing. There are a number of places to eat and you can follow this 4.5 mile walk. You can get buses including number 65 to Buxton, then bus numbers including 441 and 442 there.

Wingfield Manor - impressive ruins of a once splendid medieval manor house with a Great Hall and High Tower. You can climb all 110 steps to the top for a stunning view. Entry is by pre-booked guided tours. You can get a train to Alfreton and then catch bus numbers including 140, 142 and 150 there.

Wirksworth - there's a lot you can do in the area, including Black Rocks, Carsington Water Reservoir, Cromford Canal, Ecclesbourne Valley Railway (which offers a passenger service), High Peak Junction Visitor Centre, The High Peak Trail, Hopton Hall gardens, Leawood Pumphouse, Middleton Top Countryside Centre and Engine House Centre, the National Stone Centre and The Steeple Grange Light Railway. Wirksworth itself, is known for its carnival and well dressing, and the Wirksworth Festival. You can get bus numbers including 215, 218 and X17 to Matlock and then bus numbers including 6·1, 110, 111 and X18 to Wirksworth. Alternatively, you can get a train to Derby, Derby to Duffield (6 minutes journey time) and then from Duffield board the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway to Wirksworth.

If you are driving you can plan your route here.

If you are planning to travel by public transport, see Travel South Yorkshire for buses from Sheffield, Travel East Midlands for Chesterfield buses, Derby buses for Derbyshire buses and National Rail for trains. Most bus companies in Sheffield have tickets that allow you to travel across the Derbyshire border. You should check if it is cheaper to buy return/day tickets rather than individual tickets.

For bus routes see Chesterfield Area Bus Network and Derbyshire Area Bus Network Map. If you want to see where to catch buses, town bus stop maps are available here.

The English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS) for senior citizens allows free off peak travel on buses between 0930 to 2300 on weekdays, and all day at weekends and on Bank Holidays.


Doncaster

The highlights (with public transport from Sheffield city centre listed where possible) include:

Brodsworth Hall and Gardens - built in the 1860s in the Italianate style, it is one of Britain's most complete surviving Victorian houses. Many of the original fixtures and fittings are still in place, although now faded with time. There are also 15 acres of restored woodland and gardens. Markham Grange Steam Museum is nearby. You can take a train or buses including number X78 to Doncaster, and then catch bus numbers including 203 and 303 there.

See a dance show at Cast, Doncaster's innovative performance venue. When you are in the town, you can visit Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery (includes King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Museum), The Point gallery, Doncaster Minster and follow this trail. You can get a train or bus numbers including X78 there.

Conisbrough Castle - stunning restored building with a 12th century keep. It played a major role in the Wars of the Roses and was once owned by Richard of York. You can take direct buses including number X78 or a direct train there.

Cusworth Hall - Grade I listed 18th century country house, is now a free entry museum, which tells the story of life in the Doncaster area, as well as the history of the hall. It is set in landscaped parkland. You can take a train or bus numbers including X78 to Doncaster, and then catch bus numbers including 41, 42, 54 and 203 there.

South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum - a collection of preserved aircraft from Britain's first airshow in 1909 to modern fast jets and civil light aircraft. There are also interactive exhibits. You can take a train or buses including number X78 to Doncaster, take bus numbers including 21, 25, 55, 57 and 99 to Doncaster Dome and from there it's a short walk.

The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft - the world's largest collection of trolleybuses. You can take a train or buses including number X78 to Doncaster and while there's no regular bus service to the museum, on some of the open days, the museum runs a free bus from Doncaster Interchange.

If you are driving you can plan your route here.

If you are planning to travel by public transport, see Travel South Yorkshire to plan your journey. You should check if it's cheaper to get a one day South Yorkshire TravelMaster Day ticket that can be used on trains, buses and trams, rather than individual tickets. For bus routes see Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham network bus maps.

The English National Concession Travel Scheme (ENCTS) for senior citizens allows free off peak travel on buses. Off peak times are 0930 to 2300 on weekdays, and all day at weekends and on Bank Holidays.

Nottinghamshire

The highlights (with public transport from Sheffield city centre listed where possible) include:

Clumber Park - 3,800 acres of parkland, heath and woods, as well as a magnificent lake. Great for walking and cycling (bikes can be hired). You can take a train to Worksop and then get The Sherwood Arrow bus there.

Creswell Crags - an archaeological site set in a limestone gorge with caves and a lake. A Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), it's home to Britain’s only Ice Age cave art which is thought to date back 13,000 years and has images of birds and other animals. There are weekend cave tours, picnic areas and a visitor centre where you can pick up walking trails. You can get a train to Worksop and then a train to Creswell. Alternatively, you can get a train to Chesterfield and then buses including number 77 there.

Mr Straw's House - outside it's an ordinary looking period semi-detached house, inside it's a preserved 1920s home of a well-to-do grocer's family. For 60 years the family threw little away and chose to live without many modern comforts. Entry is by pre-booking only. You can take a train to Worksop, then it's a 20 minute walk from the station or you can get bus numbers including 21 there. If you are in Worksop town centre and have time, you can follow this heritage trail.

If you are driving you can plan your route here.

If you are planning to travel by public transport see National Rail for trains from Sheffield. For buses in Worksop see Traveline East Midlands. For bus routes see Worksop Bus Network Map.

The English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS) for senior citizens allows free off peak travel on buses between 0930 to 2300 on weekdays, and all day at weekends and on Bank Holidays.

Rotherham

The highlights (with public transport from Sheffield city centre listed where possible) include:

Magna - science adventure centre with interactive exhibits exploring the four elements of air, earth, fire and water. You can take direct buses including number 69 there.

South Yorkshire Transport Museum - displaying the history of local bus transport. You can also look at vehicles in different stages of restoration. You can get a train or bus numbers including 69 and X78 to Rotherham and on Event (open) Days, a free shuttle bus runs between Rotherham Interchange (bus station) and the museum. Alternatively, on non Event Days, you can get bus numbers including 217 and 218 and then it's approximately a 1 mile walk to the museum.

Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre - wildlife includes meerkats, owls, snakes, otters, butterflies, birds and monkeys. Also has an adventure playground and indoor activity centre. You can take buses including number X5 and then it's approximately 20 minutes walk. There's also a train and bus option that involves less walking.

Wentworth Garden Centre - has small scale craft shops, a farm, playground, deli and historic gardens but for us it's the restaurant that stands out for its quality and good portions at reasonable prices. The nearby Old Building Yard has several small shops including an antiques centre. The village is dominated by Wentworth Woodhouse - its East Front has the longest country house facade in Europe - which is now privately owned but offers tours. You can stroll around the adjoining deer park, lakes and monuments/follies and do this walk in a couple of hours. You can take a train to either Rotherham or Elsecar and then catch bus numbers including 227 there.

If you are driving you can plan your route here.

If you are planning to travel by public transport, see Travel South Yorkshire to plan your journey. You should check if it's cheaper to get a one day South Yorkshire TravelMaster Day ticket that can be used on trains, buses and trams, rather than individual tickets. For bus routes see Rotherham network bus map.

The English National Concession Travel Scheme (ENCTS) for senior citizens allows free off peak travel on buses. Off peak times are 0930 to 2300 on weekdays, and all day at weekends and on Bank Holidays.

 


Wakefield sculpture
On Sheffield’s doorstep is some of Britain's and the world’s finest contemporary sculpture. For a culturally enriching day trip, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park can be enjoyed both indoors and outdoors, while The Hepworth Gallery’s rooms offer much more than sculpture:

Wakefield

Wakefield is 21 miles from Sheffield and borders the northern part of the Sheffield City Region.

The Hepworth Wakefield - a stunning light-filled gallery with 10 gallery rooms, additional 600 sq m art space, cafe, outdoor sculpture garden and children's play area. You can get a train to Wakefield Westgate station and then either walk (around 20 minutes) or get bus numbers including FreeCityBus, 59, 102, 110, 149, 188 and 496 there.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park - a good choice if you want to combine art with walking, as there are over 60 sculptures across 500 acres. Sit in the first floor cafe terrace and enjoy the magnificent views. Watch out for the pricey parking charges. You can get a train to Wakefield Westgate station and then take bus numbers including 96 and 435 from Wakefield Bus Station.

The Hepworth Wakefield and Yorkshire Sculpture Park are both part of the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle.

If you are driving you can plan your route here.

If you are planning to travel by public transport, see National Rail to plan your train journey to Wakefield and West Yorkshire Metro for local buses in Wakefield.

The English National Concessionary Travel Scheme (ENCTS) for senior citizens allows free off peak travel on buses between 0930 to 2300 on weekdays, and all day at weekends and on Bank Holidays.

 



Denby Dale viaduct

Travel by train (or drive) to see the striking Denby Dale viaduct, one of Britain's engineering railway wonders:

Denby Dale and Huddersfield

Denby Dale
Only 50 minutes by train is the Denby Dale viaduct. You can get off at Denby Dale train station to see the viaduct close up. You can follow a trail around the village, a trail to the next train station in Shepley, a round walk and a circular walk.

Huddersfield
The Denby Dale train line finishes in the town of Huddersfield, 25 minutes from Denby Dale. If you want to spend a few hours there before making the journey back for a second look at the Denby Dale viaduct, you can see Art Station exhibitions at Huddersfield train station and visit Huddersfield Art Gallery. You can browse independent shops at Imperial Arcade and Bryam Arcade, and stroll around the Second-hand Markets, Art & Craft Fair or UpMarket Sundays. You can also follow trails of heritage, culture/water/green spaces, suffrage and ghosts.

An unusual way to return from either Denby Dale or Huddersfield is on the Penistone Line Music Train.




Nearby city centres within 60 minutes by train
Many of Britain’s largest cities are an easy day trip from Sheffield. We give a brief introduction to Derby, Manchester, Nottingham, Leeds, Leicester, Wakefield and York city centres.

To help you plan your day trip, we provide information on art galleries, museums, art spaces, parks, walks, other things to do and attractions in areas that are within a 20 minute walk of each city centre. If we can recommend independent shops or cafes, we have included these:

Derby

From 27 minutes by direct train, Derby is an easy day trip. The city centre attractions include:

Art gallery, art space and museum
DédaDerby Gaol, Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Pickford House, Royal Crown Derby, The Silk Mill and QUAD.

Independent cafes
Jack Rabbits Kitchen and Quad's café-bar are both very good.

Independent shops
The Derby Cathedral Quarter is the place to find one-off shops, especially Sadler Gate where you can find Design @ 44. Derby Cathedral's Towers are open several times a year and you can climb the 189 steps, visit the ringing chamber and enjoy far-reaching views.

Other things to do

You can take a tour of Derby Town Hall or go on a ghost walk.

Parks
There is green space at Derby Riverside Gardens and Cathedral Green.

Within 20 minutes walking distance of the city centre
You can take tours of both Derby County FC and The Roundhouse, the oldest remaining railway turning shed in the world. Derby Aboretum is about a mile south of the city centre.

Travel
Train tickets increase in price the closer the ticket is booked to the date of travel. So if possible you should book train tickets as far in advance as you can - tickets are available up to 12 weeks before date of travel. Also, you should check the train company's 'peak' hours and try to book train tickets for 'off-peak' hours, as this will usually save you paying the full price. If you don't know which train you will coming back to Sheffield on, you should book Off-Peak Day Return tickets for the day of your trip, which will usually be cheaper than buying a ticket on the day.

If two of you are travelling together, you should check if the Two Together Railcard will save you money.

See National Rail to plan your journey.

If you are driving you can plan your route here.


Leeds

There are hourly 40 minute direct trains to Leeds. The city centre attractions include:

Art gallery, art space and museum
The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, The Gallery at Munro House, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds City Museum, Leeds College of Art (Vernon Street gallery) and White Cloth Gallery.

Independent cafes
Arts Cafe Bar and Café 164 are our favourite places for lunch. For cake, you can try Leeds Art Gallery's cafe or Leeds City Museum's cafe.

Independent shops
If you are looking for one-off shops, the city centre has beautiful arcades such as the Grand Arcade, Queen's Arcade and Thorntons Arcade. We also like Leeds Corn Exchange, especially Village and Bead Hive. And we enjoy browsing The Craft Centre and Design Gallery and stocking up at Colours May Vary and Yumyum Beads. Others places include the long established Jumbo Records, and also Ok Comics and Crash Records.

Other things to do
Follow Leeds Owl Trail and tour Leeds Grand Theatre.

Parks
Park Square and Victoria Gardens are spots of greenery.

Walks
You can follow this 5 mile circular walk.

Within 20 minutes walking distance of the city centre
Leeds College of Art (Blenheim Walk gallery), M&S Company Archive, Royal Armouries Leeds, The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery and The Tetley gallery.

Travel
Train tickets increase in price the closer the ticket is booked to the date of travel. So if possible you should book train tickets as far in advance as you can - tickets are available up to 12 weeks before date of travel. Also, you should check the train company's 'peak' hours and try to book train tickets for 'off-peak' hours, as this will usually save you paying the full price. If you don't know which train you will coming back to Sheffield on, you should book Off-Peak Day Return tickets for the day of your trip, which will usually be cheaper than buying a ticket on the day.

If two of you are travelling together, you should check if the Two Together Railcard will save you money.

See National Rail to plan your journey.

If you are driving you can plan your route here.


Leicester

With hourly direct trains taking 54 minutes, Leicester is an easy day trip. The city centre attractions include:

Art gallery, art space and museum
The Great Central, The Guildhall, Jewry Wall Museum, King Richard III Visitor Centre, LCB Depot,
Leicester People's Photographic Gallery, Leicester Print Workshop, Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens, New Walk Museum & Art Gallery (including Expressionism: The Total Artwork Gallery), Phoenix Square and Two Queens.

Other things to do in the city centre
Museum tours
, Heritage Sundays when you can visit normally closed historic buildings and you could see if a festival will be on during your visit.

Walks
There are various trails around the city centre. There is also a sounds of the cultural quarter trail.

Within 20 minutes walking distance of the city centre
Around 1 mile north is the historic Abbey Park.

Travel
Train tickets increase in price the closer the ticket is booked to the date of travel. So if possible you should book train tickets as far in advance as you can - tickets are available up to 12 weeks before date of travel. Also, you should check the train company's 'peak' hours and try to book train tickets for 'off-peak' hours, as this will usually save you paying the full price. If you don't know which train you will coming back to Sheffield on, you should book Off-Peak Day Return tickets for the day of your trip, which will usually be cheaper than buying on the day.

Splitting the ticket from Sheffield to Leicester is likely to be cheaper. Buy a ticket from Sheffield to Derby and then a second ticket from Derby to Leicester. You should be able to stay in the same train carriage but may have to change seats at Derby.

If two of you are travelling together, you should check if the Two Together Railcard will save you money.

See National Rail to plan your journey.

If you are driving you can plan your route here.


Manchester

From 51 minutes by direct train, Manchester is an easy day trip. The city centre attractions include:

Art gallery, art space and museum
Artzu, Bureau Gallery, Castlefield Gallery, Greater Manchester Police Museum, Home, National Football Museum, Manchester Art Gallery, Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)People’s History Museum, The Portico and Untitled Gallery.

Independent cafe
For all things ice cream, Gingers Comfort Emporium, is not to be missed. For food, we like Filthy Cow.

Independent shops
Northern Quarter is the place for a decent selection of individual shops including Afflecks, Fred Aldous and Magma Books. Also worth going to is Piccadilly Records and Richard Goodall Gallery.

Other things to do
Explore Manchester Craft and Design Centre, go on a canal cruise and visit Europe's third largest Chinatown.

Parks
The largest open space in the city centre, Piccadilly Gardens is a good spot to rest.

Walks
Guided tours are available on a variety of subjects. And you can go on a tour on radical women.

Travel
Train tickets increase in price the closer the ticket is booked to the date of travel. So if possible you should book train tickets as far in advance as you can - tickets are available up to 12 weeks before date of travel. Also, you should check the train company's 'peak' hours and try to book train tickets for 'off-peak' hours, as this will usually save you paying the full price. If you don't know which train you will coming back to Sheffield on, you should book Off-Peak Day Return tickets for the day of your trip, which will usually be cheaper than buying tickets on the day.

If two of you are travelling together, you should check if the Two Together Railcard will save you money.

See National Rail to plan your journey.

If you are driving you can plan your route here.

 

Nottingham

From 50 minutes by direct train, Nottingham is an easy day trip. The city centre attractions include:

Art gallery, art space and museum
Bonington Gallery, Galleries of Justice Museum, The Museum of Nottingham Life at Brewhouse Yard, National Videogame Arcade, Nottingham Castle (also home to the city's museum and Long Gallery), Nottingham Contemporary and Nottingham Society of Artists gallery.

Independent shops
Hockley next to Lace Market is known for its independent shops especially vintage ones. Nottingham Contemporary's shop is often enticing.

Other things to do
City of Caves, Mortimer’s Hole cave tours, historical tours, Bromley House Library offers free tours and there's also Nottingham Council House tours.

Parks
While not a park, Old Market Square is a good spot for sitting.

Walks
Follow the start of the 105 mile Robin Hood Way. You can also walk along the Nottingham Canal.

Travel
Train tickets increase in price the closer the ticket is booked to the date of travel. So if possible you should book train tickets as far in advance as you can - tickets are available up to 12 weeks before date of travel. Also, you should check the train company's 'peak' hours and try to book train tickets for 'off-peak' hours, as this will usually save you paying the full price. If you don't know which train you will coming back to Sheffield on, you should book Off-Peak Day Return tickets for the day of your trip, which will usually be cheaper than buying on the day.

If two of you are travelling together, you should check if the Two Together Railcard will save you money.

See National Rail to plan your journey.

If you are driving you can plan your route here.



Wakefield

Wakefield is from 25 minutes by direct train. The city centre attractions include:

Art gallery, art space and museum

The Art House, The Gissing Centre, Neon Workshops and Wakefield Museum.

Independent cafes/Independent shops
Unique Wakefield has information on independent shops and cafes.

Other things to do
Bimonthly artwalks, Chantry Chapel is open occasionally and you can tour Wakefield Cathedral.

Within 20 minutes walking distance of the city centre
The Hepworth Wakefield and Mental Health Museum.

Travel
Train tickets increase in price the closer the ticket is booked to the date of travel. So if possible you should book train tickets as far in advance as you can - tickets are available up to 12 weeks before date of travel. Also, you should check the train company's 'peak' hours and try to book train tickets for 'off-peak' hours, as this will usually save you paying the full price. If you don't know which train you will coming back to Sheffield on, you should book Off-Peak Day Return tickets for the day of your trip, which will usually be cheaper than buying on the day.

If two of you are travelling together, you should check if the Two Together Railcard will save you money.

See National Rail to plan your journey.

If you are driving you can plan your route here.



York

From 52 minutes by direct train, York is an easy day trip. The city centre attractions include:

Art gallery, art space, museum and heritage attractions
The Bar Convent, Barley Hall, Fairfax House, Henry VII Experience, Jorvik Viking Centre, Mansion House, Merchant Adventurers’ Hall, National Railway Museum, Quilt Museum & Gallery, Richard III Experience, The Roman Bath, Treasurers House, York Army Museum, York Art Gallery, York Castle Museum, York’s Chocolate Story, York Cold War Bunker, The York Dungeon, York Minister (includes the tower; the city's highest point), Yorkshire Museum and York St Mary’s.

National Railway Museum, York Art Gallery, and York St Mary’s are amongst those that are free. However, most museums and attractions charge an entry fee. If you are planning to go to several of them you should check if the York Pass will save you money.

Independent cafes
You could try Betty’s Café Tea Rooms. There is second branch of this famed eatery in the city centre. Cafe No 8 is a bistro committed to homemade quality food.

Independent shops
Independent shops are everywhere. The Shambles is not to be missed.

Other things to do
National Railway Museum's road train, York Boat trips and York Brewery tours.

Parks
Dean's Park, Memorial Gardens, Museum Gardens, Tower Gardens and Treasurer's House front garden all offer green spots to have a rest.

Walks
There are lots of guided tours including White Rose York Tours and Footprints Tours, both of which are free. You can also do walks along the city walls and along the River Ouse.

Within 20 minutes walking distance of the city centre
St Nichols Fields Nature Reserve is 1 mile from the city centre.

Travel
Train tickets increase in price the closer the ticket is booked to the date of travel. So if possible you should book train tickets as far in advance as you can - tickets are available up to 12 weeks before date of travel. Also, you should check the train company's 'peak' hours and try to book train tickets for 'off-peak' hours, as this will usually save you paying the full price. If you don't know which train you will coming back to Sheffield on, you should book Off-Peak Day Return tickets for the day of your trip, which will usually be cheaper than buying on the day.

If two of you are travelling together, you should check if the Two Together Railcard will save you money.

See National Rail to plan your journey.

If you are driving you can plan your route here.


Nearby city centres within 90 minutes by train
Some of Britain’s largest cities are a day trip from Sheffield. We give a brief introduction to Birmingham, Bradford, Lichord, Lincoln, Hull, Salford and Stoke-on-Trent city centres. Due to off-peak early morning train restrictions, you might make the most of trip by going at the weekend.

To help you plan your day trip, we provide information on art galleries, museums, art spaces, parks, walks, other things to do and attractions in areas that are within a 20 minute walk of each city centre. If we can recommend independent shops or cafes, we have included these:

Birmingham

From 63 minutes by train, Birmingham is a managable day trip.The city centre attractions include:

Art gallery, art space and museum
Birmingham Back to Backs, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Ikon and Library of Birmingham gallery. Birmingham Art Map has a useful guide.

Independent cafes
Yorks Bakery Cafe and Cherry Reds both serve comforting food. Probably our favourite place is the original Brindleyplace branch of handmade burger Co. There's another branch at the Bullring.

Independent shops

Great Western Arcade has a selection of shops, while the Rag Market has 350 stalls including pop-up stands.

Other things to do
You can go on a BBC studio tour or if you don't want to go on a tour, there are a number of things you can do for free including have a go at presenting. There's also tours of both The Library of Birmingham and The REP. While other attractions include The Library of Birmingham Skyline Viewpoint's stunning panoramic views across the city, National Sea Life Centre, bus tour, Wonderful World of Trains and Planes and boat trips with Second City Boats, Away2Canal or Sherborne Wharf.

Parks

While not parks, places to stop and rest include Victoria Square and the adjacent Chamberlain Square. Library of Birmingham has a Discovery Terrace and The Secret Garden. Also there's Cathedral Square.

Walks
Go for a canalside walk.

Within 20 minutes walking distance of the city centre
In Digbeth, a lively creative area, there are art spaces and art galleries including A3 Project Space, BOM (Birmingham Open Media), Eastside Projects and Grand Union. Custard Factory, a fantastic multicoloured development has a number of independent shops including Mr Birds Emporium. Nearby Minstrel Music in The Irish Centre sells all things Irish.

The Jewellery Quarter has a range of museums and art gallery's including J. W. Evans Silver Factory, Museum of the Jewellery Qtr, Newman Brothers at the Coffin Works, The Pen Museum, RBSA Gallery and St. Pauls Gallery. There are also around 100 jewellery shops, you can follow a heritage trail or pavement trail, and take tours of Warstone Lane and Key Hill cemeteries. Other things to do include visiting the historic St. Paul's Church, the adjoining St. Paul’s Square and The Golden Square, a new park.

Thinktank and neighbouring Eastside Park are also near the city centre.

Travel
Train tickets increase in price the closer the ticket is booked to the date of travel. So if possible you should book train tickets as far in advance as you can - tickets are available up to 12 weeks before date of travel. Also, you should check the train company's 'peak' hours and try to book train tickets for 'off-peak' hours, as this will usually save you paying the full price. If you don't know which train you will coming back to Sheffield on, you should book Off-Peak Day Return tickets for the day of your trip, which will usually be cheaper than buying a ticket on the day.

Splitting the ticket from Sheffield to Birmingham is likely to be cheaper. Buy a ticket from Sheffield to Derby and then a second ticket from Derby to Birmingham. You should be able to stay in the same train carriage but may have to change seats at Derby.

If two of you are travelling together, you should check if the Two Together Railcard will save you money.

See National Rail to plan your journey.

If you are driving you can plan your route here.


Bradford

From 72 minutes by train, Bradford is a managable day trip. The city centre attractions include:

Art gallery, art space and museum
Fuse Art Space, Impressions Gallery, National Media Museum and The Peace Museum.

Other things to do
Visit Bradford Cathedral and stroll around Little Germany.

Parks
City Park

Walks
Bradford Movie Trail and Bradford Film Heritage.

Within 20 minutes walking distance of the city centre
Gallery II

Travel
Train tickets increase in price the closer the ticket is booked to the date of travel. So if possible you should book train tickets as far in advance as you can - tickets are available up to 12 weeks before date of travel. Also, you should check the train company's 'peak' hours and try to book train tickets for 'off-peak' hours, as this will usually save you paying the full price. If you don't know which train you will coming back to Sheffield on, you should book Off-Peak Day Return tickets for the day of your trip, which will usually be cheaper than buying on the day.

If two of you are travelling together, you should check if the Two Together Railcard will save you money.

See National Rail to plan your journey.

If you are driving you can plan your route here.

 

Hull

From 86 minutes by train, Hull is a managable day trip. The city centre attractions include:

Art gallery, art space, museum and heritage attractions
Arctic Corsair, Ferens Art Gallery, Hands on History Museum, Hull and East Riding Museum, Maister House, Maritime Museum, The Spurn Lightship, Streetlife Museum, Studio Eleven and Wilberforce House.

Other things to do
The Deep, Dinostar, Fruitspace markets and visit the window said to be England's smallest. It can be found in the wall of the George Hotel on the unusually named street, Land of Green Ginger.

Walks
Ale trail, Fish trail, The Larkin Trail and Wilberforce trail.

Travel
Train tickets increase in price the closer the ticket is booked to the date of travel. So if possible you should book train tickets as far in advance as you can - tickets are available up to 12 weeks before date of travel. Also, you should check the train company's 'peak' hours and try to book train tickets for 'off-peak' hours, as this will usually save you paying the full price. If you don't know which train you will coming back to Sheffield on, you should book Off-Peak Day Return tickets for the day of your trip, which will usually be cheaper than buying on the day.

If two of you are travelling together, you should check if the Two Together Railcard will save you money.

See National Rail to plan your journey.

If you are driving you can plan your route here.

 

Lichfield

From 80 minutes by train, Lichfield is a managable day trip. Trains from Sheffield stop at Lichfield Trent Valley, Lichield's second train station, which is a mile from Lichfield city centre.

The city centre attractions include:

Art gallery, art space, museum and heritage attractions
Emporium Gallery, Erasmus Darwin House, Lichfield Cathedral, Lichfield Museum and Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum.

Other things to do
Guided tours, Lichfield Cathedral Tower Tours, Old Guildhall Prison Cells and Spire Viewing Platform at St Mary’s.

Parks
Beacon Park, Garden of Remembrance, Minster Pool and Stowe Pool.

Travel
Train tickets increase in price the closer the ticket is booked to the date of travel. So if possible you should book train tickets as far in advance as you can - tickets are available up to 12 weeks before date of travel. Also, you should check the train company's 'peak' hours and try to book train tickets for 'off-peak' hours, as this will usually save you paying the full price. If you don't know which train you will coming back to Sheffield on, you should book Off-Peak Day Return tickets for the day of your trip, which will usually be cheaper than buying on the day.

If two of you are travelling together, you should check if the Two Together Railcard will save you money.

See National Rail to plan your journey.

If you are driving you can plan your route here.

Lincoln

From 78 minutes by train, Lincoln is a managable day trip. The city centre attractions include:

Art gallery, art space, museum and heritage attractions
The Collection (Archaeology Museum), Gallery at St. Martin's, Harding House Gallery, Medieval Bishops' Palace, Museum of Lincolnshire Life, Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln Castle, Sam Scorer Gallery and Usher Gallery.

Independent shops
There are plenty, particularly on Bailgate and Steep Hill. There's also a variety of weekly markets.

Other things to do
Adult play centre, tour BBC Radio Lincolnshire studios, boat trips, explore Brayford Waterfront, bus tour, guided tour of Cathedral Quarter, guided tour of Guildhall, Ellis Windmill and Ghost walk.

Parks
Arboretum, Liquorice Park, Whitton's Park and Wickham Gardens.

Walks
Aviation trail, George Boole trail, Photo walks and Roman heritage trail.

Within 20 minutes walking distance of the city centre
West Common, 100 hectare space with good views of Lincoln Cathedral.

Travel
Train tickets increase in price the closer the ticket is booked to the date of travel. So if possible you should book train tickets as far in advance as you can - tickets are available up to 12 weeks before date of travel. Also, you should check the train company's 'peak' hours and try to book train tickets for 'off-peak' hours, as this will usually save you paying the full price. If you don't know which train you will coming back to Sheffield on, you should book Off-Peak Day Return tickets for the day of your trip, which will usually be cheaper than buying on the day.

If two of you are travelling together, you should check if the Two Together Railcard will save you money.

See National Rail to plan your journey.

If you are driving you can plan your route here.

 

Salford and Salford Quays

From 80 minutes by train, Salford is a managable day trip. The city centre attractions include:

Art gallery, art space and museum
Islington Mill, Salford Museum and Art gallery and Working Class Movement Library.

Other things to do
Take a tour of the Working Class Movement Library. During public opening days look around Sacred Trinity Church and St Philip with St Stephen Church.

Walks
Chapel Street trail

Salford Quays
Approximately 30 minutes walk away from Salford centre is Salford's most visited area, Salford Quays. If you want to go there directly you should take a direct train to Manchester Piccadilly, walk to Piccadilly Gardens and from there take the Metrolink to the MediaCity stop. Salford Quays is within 90 minutes journey from Sheffield.

Art gallery, art space and museum
The Lowry and IWM North (Imperial War Museum North).

Other things to do
Tour BBC MediaCityUK and go on a canal cruise.

Walks
Salford Quays heritage trail

Within 20 minutes walking distance of Salford Quays
Manchester United Museum and Tour and Ordsall Hall.

Travel
Train tickets increase in price the closer the ticket is booked to the date of travel. So if possible you should book train tickets as far in advance as you can - tickets are available up to 12 weeks before date of travel. Also, you should check the train company's 'peak' hours and try to book train tickets for 'off-peak' hours, as this will usually save you paying the full price. If you don't know which train you will coming back to Sheffield on, you should book Off-Peak Day Return tickets for the day of your trip, which will usually be cheaper than buying on the day.

If two of you are travelling together, you should check if the Two Together Railcard will save you money.

See National Rail to plan your journey.

If you are driving you can plan your route here.

Stoke-on-Trent

From 86 minutes by train, Stoke-on-Trent is a managable day trip. The city centre attractions include:

Art gallery, art space and museum
Dudson Museum and The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery.

Other things to do
Tour BBC Radio Stoke studios and the Emma Bridgewater Factory.

Parks
Hanley Park

Walks
Sculpture trail

Travel
Train tickets increase in price the closer the ticket is booked to the date of travel. So if possible you should book train tickets as far in advance as you can - tickets are available up to 12 weeks before date of travel. Also, you should check the train company's 'peak' hours and try to book train tickets for 'off-peak' hours, as this will usually save you paying the full price. If you don't know which train you will coming back to Sheffield on, you should book Off-Peak Day Return tickets for the day of your trip, which will usually be cheaper than buying on the day.

If two of you are travelling together, you should check if the Two Together Railcard will save you money.

See National Rail to plan your journey.

If you are driving you can plan your route here.