Rotherham Essentials

The best day out in history

The Industrial Revolution may have transformed the ancient town of Rotherham, but there are plenty of historical sights to marvel at.

A trip to Rotherham Minster, described by Pevsner as “the finest perpendicular church in England” is a must. As is the Chantry Bridge – one of only four bridge chapels surviving in the UK. Indeed, JM Turner was so impressed by them he painted both! 

Scream if you want to go faster

Yorkshire’s newest theme park has opened up in Rotherham and it’s absolutely fantastic. Gulliver’s Valley opened in 2020 and features indoor attractions, outdoor rides, short break packages and exclusive experiences.  Discover a number of themed areas across the theme park such as the Lost World of the Living Dinosaurs, Smugglers Wharf and Western World. There’s a wonderful selection of attractions and activities that the entire family can enjoy.

From shopping to show-stopping

With Meadowhall, one of the UK largest malls on its doorstep, and the Parkgate retail complex just 5 minutes away, shoppers in Rotherham are spoilt for choice.  Culture lovers have plenty to applaud too. The town’s Don Valley stadium plays host to many international stars, while smaller venues like Nellie Dean’s and Snafus cater for more independent music.

Go zorbing in Ivanhoe country!

Sir Walter Scott in his classic novel ‘Ivanhoe’ describes the countryside around Rotherham as boasting “beautiful hills and valleys.” And the good news is, it still does! The picturesque Rother Country Valley Park offers families the chance to picnic, cycle, kayak, windsurf and even Zorb in acres of lush parkland. While Clifton Park also provides a tranquil haven. Or why not fire your imagination by visiting nearby Conisborough castle with its unique circular keep that towers 100 feet above the landscape.

Take a walk on the wild side!

Encounter the exotic and experience a wild family day out at the Tropical Butterfly House! Get close to free-flying butterflies and birds, as well as friendly, free-roaming farm animals. Meet the residents of Meerkat Mansion and Prairie Dog Camp, along with snakes, birds of prey and creepy crawlies in unforgettable Animal Encounters daily.

Fantastical Secrets

In the heart of Rotherham sits a little secret – a fantastical apothecary serving wild schemes, evil plots and kitchenware to magical beings since 1148.  Since becoming visible to the mortal world in 2016, Grimm & Co has welcomed humans (with warnings of the possible side-effects of our potions, which include unwarranted sarcasm and squeaky bottom burps).  Mini-mortals may take a book from our Forgotten Library and write a letter to a favourite magical being (replies by owl post). Due to an unfortunate curse, all proceeds from the apothecary provide exciting, free writing workshops to children and young people.

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