This is one of my favourite places to visit for a short, easy walk on a Sunday morning. A short drive from my house.
The car park is usually quite busy (but with available spaces) with dog walkers, strollers, twitchers and water sports enthusiasts bagging spaces. On the last two visits, the parking machine has been out of order - so free parking!!
Heading towards the reservoir, the cafe/visitors centre is a place to stop and browse - a notice board in the window lists wildlife that has been spotted recently.
The park covers 19 hectares , which contains 12 hectares of water. In 2007, Ulley hit the national news during the floods....
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Catcliffe Glass Kiln, is a Grade I listed building and scheduled ancient monument - a unique survivor of the local glass industry of this area. It is one of only three or four examples, still standing in Great Britain.
It was built in 1740 by William Fenney as part of a glass factory and was used to make glass until the 1880s. The factory produced bottles, flint and window glass.
This 70 foot brick cone is the survivor of two cone furnaces which were built on the site.
I'd driven past this kiln many times, without getting the chance to stop for a good look around. It's a few feet off a road, and is surrounded by pensioners bungalows.
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The site of a former steelworks, Centenary Riverside serves a dual purpose as a nature reserve and a flood defence.
" The wetland area is designed to absorb and distribute floodwaters after periods of heavy rain when the River don is in spate and thus prevent adjacent land from flooding. It is the centrepiece of Rotherham's £14 million flood alleviation scheme, which was created through a partnership led by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, the Environment Agency and the Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham"
I visited this on a rainy Sunday afternoon - I'd been told that there was a steel replica of Stonehenge and nature reserve on the outskirts of Rotherham Town, Which I was eager to visit
Centenary Riverside was officially opened on 27th March 2009. It sits in the shadow of a scrap metal merchants, which is sandwiched between Rotherham Uniteds former stadium -Millmoor, and their new 'in progress' stadium - The New York Stadium
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Located off All Saints Square in the Town Centre, this is a Tourist Info Centre, with plenty of free brochures etc for things to see and do in Rotherham centre, Rotherham Borough and other nearby locations as well as other English Tourist Attractions
A Good range of souvenirs and local crafts at reasonable prices - I purchased a fridge magnet featuring The Chapel on the Bridge for £1-99 and a Tea Towel featuring Yorkshire slang for £2-99.
Post cards from 45p
Pick up the 3 town trail brochures - Medieval trail, Industrial Trail and Town Trail, as well as leaflets /maps for more local rural walks.
Bed Booking Service for Rotherham and other UK locations
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
09.00 - 17.00
Thursday and Saturday
09.00 - 13.00
You might think that a town such as Rotherham doesn't have much of interest- and if you landed in the town centre on a Saturday, or on a typical evening, you might think that You'd better to run away quickly.
However, ignore the hoodies, binge drinkers, £ shops, etc, and look at the other things Rotherham has to offer.
Rotherham has buildings dating back to Medieval times, and the Victorian era was a time, when Rotherham emmerged as a town with fine architecture.
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Councils web page offers 'Heritage Trails' to download, or grab a copy at the tourist information office (Well folks/ outsiders must visit here to warrant a TI office! - so You won't be a pioneer, discovering a rare civilization, but then again You won't be in danger of being trampled underfoot by camera wielding tour goups!)
There are 3 trails - Medieval, Victorian and Town Centre, which give an insight into Rotherham and its history.I'd recommend ending the trails at Clifton Museum - a museum that I've visited, and really enjoyed.
Not far from Rotherham centre is Wentworth Park, and The Wentworth 'follies' which is a pleasant area to visit.
Magna - the award winning 'hands on' museum is another gem
More info and photos to follow
This award winning museum was a surprisingly fascinating place that I visited during a quick lunch break. It was far larger than I'd expected from the outside, and had lots of interesting things to see, and all for free! I'm hoping to return for a more in depth look
The museum is housed at the edge of Clifton Park, in the 18th century house, where the Walker family used to live. In its many rooms you can see the best collection of Rockingham pottery, including the Rhinocerous vase - the first ever porcelain vase cast in one piece.
Nelson the lion is one of the most popular exhibits.
I particularly enjoyed the Victorian kitchen with its Yorkshire Range, where there were folders containing visitors memories of family kitchens in Rotherham, and the audio tapes which had recordings of miners describing their working life and particularly the bleak times during the miners strike and the 'Battle of Orgreave'. Orgreave is about a mile from my home, and this time in history is a period that I've lived through.
I also enjoyed the audio tapes from immigrants to Rotherham, recalling their memories of their life back home and arriving in this strange, foreign town - Rotherham is proudly a multicultural town, with people arriving here from Yemen, Bangladash, Chile, Ireland, Pakistan, Somalia, Poland among others.
The annual Rotherham Show celebrates Rotherhams diversity, with music, food and stalls hosted by groups from these different countries - see my intro and previous 'Things to do' tips.
Photos and more info to follow%*
The village of Swinton was famous for the quality of pottery it produced in the 18th century. The Swinton pottery was established here in 1745 by Joseph Flint, making earthenware pots from the local red clay.
This remaining kiln was built in 1815, being named in celebration of the recent British victory at the Battle of Waterloo.
When the pottery closed in 1842, the kiln was turned into a domestic dwelling, by adding a door and windows. From 1900 to 1930, it took on its 3rd purpose as an isolation hospital for Smallpox patients. (I can't imagine this would have been the most pleasant place to be ill, or indeed to nurse the patients - its not that big, and with its walls narrowing upto a small chimney, it must have been quite dark and claustrophobic) For a while afterwards it became a private house, but is now empty (except for a information board, and piles of dried leaves), and in the care of Rotherham Borough Council.
I visited here on one of the first warm spring mornings of this year, so it was quite pleasant, with views over the surrounding countryside.
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Wentworth Park is about 3 miles from the centre of Rotherham, it a surprising stretch of rural park and a stately home in an area of industrial and urban buildings. There is a garden centre, cafe etc.
Wentworth Park was home to the 2nd Marquis of Rockingham, who was twice the Prime Minister of England at the end of the 18th Century. He was noted for his support for American Independence.
The 1st and 2nd Marquis (Father and son) were responsible for the creation of 4 follies or monuments that can be visited today.
These are 'The Needles Eye', Hoober Stand, Keppels Column and The Rockingham Mausoleum.
I can see Hoober Stand and Keppels column from our office window in The Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield.
I've walked around Hoober Stand, and driven past Keppel Column and the Rockingham Mausoleum - hoping to get a closer look soon. I've not seen The Needles Eye yet, but am hoping to visit these when we have a good weekend.
Hoober Stand and the Rockingham Memorial are open Saturdays and Sundays between Spring and August Bank Holidays 1400hr - 1700 hrs for a fee (about £2) Keppels Column is structurally unsafe, so not able to climb it, The Needles Eye is accessible at all times
Photos and more info to follow soon - I hope!
This is one of the four 'Wentworth Follies' It is in Rotherhams parish of Brampton Bierlow.
Hoober Stand was built between 1747 and 1749 by Henry Flitcroft for the 1st Marquis of Rockingham, to commemorate the defeat of the Scottish Jacobite rebellion, at a cost of £3,000!
It is 518 feet above sea level, and has good views from its' base - and even better from its viewing platform, when it's open at weekends from Spring Bank Holiday, to August Bank Holidays 2pm - 5pm, for a fee of about £2. (see my 2nd picture)The ladies of the Wentworth Estate were reputed to view the hunts, which ran across the nearby parkland from the platform.
When I visited, it was midweek, so I was only able to view the outside. I'm hoping to visit this, and the other 3 follies one weekend soon.
Click here for more infoHoober Stand
To be continued...
Opened as a theatre in 1960, in a former Congregational Church dating from 1867.
This small theatre has shown plays, pantomimes and a variety of musical events over the decades.
I've seen a few amateur dramatic productions here as well as a performance by the Black Dyke Mills Brass Band.
Sean Bean made his acting debut on the stage of this theatre.
As well as the theatre, there is a cafe/bar , Arts and Crafts centre and meeting rooms.
Box Office open on days of performance 1700 - 2000hrs Mon-Sat or 1 hour prior to matinees.
Phone bookings taken - Switch and Credit Cards.
Car Parking nearby
Ok, I've covered most of this in my intro to Rotherham, but, if You're here in September, it's well worth a visit. 2005 it was held 10 -11 th.
All for FREE- Clifton Park is the venue, so besides the park and its museum, you have plenty more to see and do.
Side stalls a plenty - traders and charity stalls with freebies, raffles, tombolas, prize draws.
Horticultural, craft, dog, small animal shows.
Food stalls - variety of cuisines- hot dogs, burgers, fish n chips, sandwiches, curries, samosas, pakoras, do -nuts, home baked cakes and biscuits, pancakes etc.
Beer, coffee, fresh juices etc.
Music- Local Radio, Brass Bands, Folk and World music (and dance)- The Diversity arena is my favourite part, with stalls from India, Bangladesh, Chile etc. plus the music stage, with music from all corners of the globe.
There's a Park n Ride at the nearby Herringthorpe Playing fields -Car Park (free)and regular shuttle buses(not sure how much) (but its only about a 5 min walk) Also Clifton Park Middle Lane, bottom of Middle Lane, Drummond St (Town Centre) and Broom Road
Yellow signs on entering Rotherham for Rotherham Show, from all directions
Built in 1483 this is one of only four surviving examples of a medieval bridge chantry. It is still used for regular services.
See my Wakefield page for another one.