South Yorkshire is full of pleasant surprises. Once an industrial heartland, the region has been transformed into a 21st Century playground with a passion for music, sport and culture.
So, alongside some of the UK’s best shopping, family attractions and nightlife, you’ll find some of UK’s finest Gothic architecture, museums and Victorian monuments. As with all of Yorkshire, you’re only ever a stone’s throw from magnificent scenery, too, making it a great place to base yourself for a short or longer break.
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Cities & Towns of South Yorkshire
This engaging mix of old and new makes South Yorkshire a must for every generation.
Hotels in South Yorkshire
More About South Yorkshire
South Yorkshire is a ceremonial and metropolitan county of England. There are four council areas in South Yorkshire, specifically the cities of Sheffield and Doncaster, and the boroughs of Barnsley and Rotherham.
The west of the county is in the Pennines, with the southern part of South Yorkshire including a section of the Peak District National Park, making the area popular with walkers, cyclists, climbers and other outdoor enthusiasts.
The county has a population of around 1.34 million people, mostly living in Sheffield, which has a population of over 556,000.
South Yorkshire as an administrative region was created by the Local Government Act 1972, which came into force in 1974. Before then, it was governed as a part of the larger county of the West Riding of Yorkshire.
South Yorkshire County Council stopped overseeing the region in 1986; some of those services are now overseen by the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority.
The main settled towns and the city of Sheffield grew up around the steel and mining industries, with coal mining in particular forming an important part of the industrial history of the region.
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The cities and towns of South Yorkshire include Sheffield, Doncaster, Barnsley and Rotherham.
Places of interest include: Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, Brodsworth Hall and Gardens, Cannon Hall Museum, Park & Gardens, Barnsley, Chapel of Our Lady of Rotherham Bridge, Clifton Park Museum, Rotherham Museum, Conisbrough Castle, Cusworth Hall, Doncaster Minster, Doncaster Mansion House, Elsecar Steam Railway, Howden Moors, Kelham Island Museum, Magna Science Adventure Centre, Meadowhall Centre, Sheffield, Monk Bretton Priory, Pot House Hamlet, Sheffield Winter Gardens, Roche Abbey, Rotherham Minster, Rother Valley Country Park, RSPB Old Moor Wetland Centre, Sheffield Cathedral, Ulley Reservoir & Country Park, Wentworth Castle & Gardens, Barnsley, Wentworth Woodhouse, Weston Park Museum & Mappin Art Gallery, Woodlands model village, Worsborough Mill and Country Park, Wortley Top Forge, Yorkshire Wildlife Park.