Holiday cottages in South Yorkshire

Holiday cottages in South Yorkshire and self-catering in Sheffield.

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The South Yorkshire region is about as diverse as it can get. From Sheffield, as capital of the region, and renown as the City of Hills and Rivers, to the smaller towns of Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster. It makes no difference whether you are passing through or making the region your holiday base, you’ll find plenty to do and plenty of places to visit.

You’ll enjoy diverse experiences, whether you’re looking for bright city lights, a busy market town or just the laid back enjoyment of local village life and a stroll through the magnificent countryside. And there’s plenty of rural, self-catering accommodation in the form of cottages, lodges and apartments to choose from in the area.

Aside from the steel heritage in evidence throughout city, no visit to Sheffield would be complete without a visit to the Sheffield Winter Garden, acknowledged by Visit England as one of the country’s top ten free visitor attractions. There is also the Millennium Galleries in Sheffield which provide a setting where four galleries present the very best in arts, craft and design. And for the shopper, the area provides an enjoyable shopping experience, with purpose built shopping centres, including one of the largest in the country, where everything is under one roof, to individual owner-managed stores as well as plenty of restaurants and bars in which to enjoy a locally prepared meal.

Across the M1 motorway from Sheffield in Rotherham is the UK's 1st science adventure centre, Magna, set in the old Templeborough steelworks. It’s a wonderful day’s escape for all the family to interactively explore the elements, earth, air, fire and water. You can even drive a JCB!

There are many award winning galleries, gardens, parks and activity centres throughout the region. There’s everything from the tracing of industrial heritage, steel making and coal mining through to modern day adventure. There’s even a castle, Conisborough, near Doncaster, which, which as the oldest of its type, dates back to 1180 AD and is well worth a visit.

And the sports orientated won’t be left out either, whether as a spectator at Sheffield Wednesday or Sheffield United football grounds, Doncaster Races or as a participant at Rother Valley Park or one of the many excellent golf courses scattered throughout the south county.

As well as Robin Hood International Airport near Doncaster and the West Coast and Midlands mainline railways, the region is served by the M1, M18/180 motorways and the A1 London to Edinburgh road.

In the south of Yorkshire the largest city is Sheffield, renowned for hundreds of years throughout the world for the stamp of 'Sheffield Steel' on the best cutlery. This industry has declined but the money generated was invested in some ostentatious civic buildings, and fine monuments. The cultural revival of the city is spearheaded by the Millennium Galleries which has various displays covering the history of the steel and metalworking in and around Sheffield, contemporary art exhibitions, and an eclectic collection inspired by the Victorian philosopher and critic, John Ruskin. Just across the road are the brand new Winter Gardens, a stunning addition to the town centre, with an ambitious glass roof covering an extensive collection of exotic plants, and the tourist information desk. For the best selection of pubs and restaurants head towards the university campus and you can find anything from a curry to springbok steak.

To the west of Sheffield it is only a short journey to the edge of the Peak District National Park and some superb walking country. Renting a holiday cottage in the Peak District is a perfect way to explore the area. The area around Bradfield is known as Little Switzerland, and this isolated area offers plenty of hiking, for both young and old alike, and there is a secluded dog-friendly inn for you to recharge your batteries in front of a coal fire.