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National Emergency Services Museum, Sheffield

Riding on a fire engine, climbing aboard a full-sized lifeboat and getting up close and personal with one of the UK’s last horse-drawn ambulances are just some of the treats awaiting visitors to Sheffield’s National Emergency Services Museum this summer.

In a building jam-packed with things to climb on, get in and try on visitors are never short of things to do.

Based in a historic Victorian combined fire, police and ambulance station the museum tells the stories of the country’s emergency services across three floors of interactive displays, vintage vehicles and hands-on history.

All the family will enjoy climbing aboard a real fire engine for a ride along the streets of Sheffield, complete with nee-naws!

Visitors can explore original Victorian police cells, discover the smoky Blitz exhibition, jump aboard a police motorbike, tackle a climbing wall in the mountain rescue room and learn about the history of the ambulance service in the museum’s latest exhibition, Blood, Bandages and Blue Lights.

A number of special events are planned over the next few months including the museum’s ‘Summer of Crafts and Living History’. Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday throughout August visitors will be able to make their own beach flags, discover the story of water rescue and even climb on board the museum’s 47 foot RNLI lifeboat.

An onsite coffee shop, serving drinks and light snacks, is also available for visitors who have worked up an appetite after all that fun!

FACTFILE

  • Address: The National Emergency Services Museum, Old Fire/Police Station, West Bar, Sheffield S3 8PT.
  • Admission: £8 for adults, £6 for children (3-15); free for 999 staff with valid ID
  • Opening times: Wednesday – Friday, 10am-4pm
  • Website: www.emergencymuseum.org.uk