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Top 5 Days Out for Families in Sheffield #MakeTracks


As part of railcard.co.uk’s #maketracks campaign, I was asked to share my top things to do for families in Sheffield. I have lived in Sheffield all my life so it’s safe to say I know it pretty well! And as one of the largest cities in the country you’re never short of things to do here in the Steel City.

The #MakeTracks campaign hub is where you will find lots of inspiration for things to do by train in the UK. It’s also worth checking out the fantastic Family & Friends Railcard which gives you great discounts on family travel.

So without further ado, here are my top picks for things to do here in Sheffield…

Weston Park Museum

Weston Park Museum is one of my absolute favourites, not only is it a great place to learn all about Sheffield but it’s lots of fun too. There is so much to see and do at this museum, it’s perfect for children of all ages, and of course adults too!

The museum is located in one of Sheffield’s many beautiful parks, so it’s the perfect excuse to take along a picnic. But if you don’t fancy that, the museum has it’s own cafe, which does excellent cake!

We recently spent an afternoon at the museum and wrote a blog post about it, which you can see here.

Tropical Butterfly House

There is far more to the Tropical Butterfly House than just butterflies! Discover Guinea Pigs, farm animals, birds, giant tortoises, meerkats, otters and much more! Not only that but there is also a fantastic children’s play ground and even a splash area, so you can keep the kids entertained for hours! And it’s actually rated as the top thing to do in Sheffield by Trip Advisor!

We visited the Tropical Butterfly House last year, you can see our blog post here.

Rivelin Valley

We are extremely lucky to live so close to the stunningly beautiful Rivelin Valley and it’s been a favourite of mine ever since I was little. It’s a great place for a day out with the kids, especially in the summer as there is a newly renovated water play area there. It’s also great for picnics, a paddle in the river, play in the playground or just for exploring the nature trails.

City Centre

Sheffield’s city centre is undergoing major regeneration work at the moment so it is improving all the time. Shopping, cinema, restaurants, you name it and Sheffield has got it! And while you’re in the city centre you should definitely check out the beautiful Winter Gardens, Peace Gardens, Millennium Galleries, and also the central library.

Bradfield and Our Cow Molly

One of my all time favourite places in Sheffield is Bradfield, a small village in the north of the city. It’s one of those hidden gems that just makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Have a walk around the Ladybower reservoir, a picnic on the green, let the kids burn off some energy in the playground or check out one of the lovely country pubs.

But what you MUST do if you visit Bradfield, is also visit the neighbouring village of Dungworth. Dungworth is home to the Our Cow Molly Farm and ice cream parlour. Absolutely amazing ice cream, animals (including newborn calves and lambs at this time of year) and there is a playground for the children too, perfect!

Have you visited Sheffield before? Do you have anything to add to this list?

Thanks for reading.