We are huge fans of the National Trust and take full advantage of our membership, I think it’s great for a family to have as it gives you the opportunity to explore so many beautiful locations. Although there are no National Trust properties in Sheffield itself, or even in South Yorkshire, there are plenty in the surrounding area that are definitely worth checking out.
I’ve put together a list of five National Trust locations that are all under one hour away from Sheffield by car.
Clumber Park, in Worksop is our absolute favourite National Trust day out. I’ve been going ever since I was a kid, so I have a lot of fond memories there and hope that my kids will too. Clumber Park, as the name suggests is a historic country park that has lots to offer. Whether it’s exploring the woods and gardens, taking a stroll around the lake or playing in the children’s playground, you’ll find plenty to see and do at Clumber.
Longshaw, Burbage and the Eastern Moors
Longshaw, Burbage and the Eastern Moors is probably the closest National Trust location to Sheffield and offers stunning views over the Peak District. It’s the perfect place to take the kids to run off some energy. You’ll also find a cafe, car park, gift shops and toilets at Longshaw.
Most National Trust properties have events on throughout the year, last October we did the Halloween Trail here which was great fun for the children. You can find out more about events at Longshaw here.
Another of our favourite National Trust properties, Hardwick is a stunning Elizabethan property with equally beautiful gardens. There’s a playground for the children but the house is also great for kids as there’s games and activities set up around the rooms to keep them entertained while you browse.
Mr Straw’s House
Mr Straw’s House or 7 Blyth Grove, Worksop looks like an ordinary house from the outside. But when you step inside you are taken back to 1920’s as the house has remained exactly as it was for all these years. Now, of course children can’t touch anything in the rooms and there’s definitely no running around allowed, so this one might not be for you if your children are really young. But we took our children last year when they were 3 and 5 and they did fine and found it really interesting.
Nostell Priory, near Wakefield is a stunning 18th century mansion with 300 acres of parkland. There’s various tracks and paths to discover with plenty of wildlife, so it’s great for children to do some exploring.
Find out more about what Nostell Priory has to offer here.
To find out more about National Trust days out, you can visit their website here.
Are you a fan of National Trust days out like us? Are there any others close to Sheffield that you would recommend?
Thanks for reading.