Car-free adventures aroundSheffieldSouth Yorkshire

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Chatsworth House, with art from four millennia and hundred-acre gardens, is a 45 minute bus ride from Sheffield and makes an entertaining day trip (see 2 below). Several scenic train rides radiate out from Sheffield, providing further great car-free days out, whether it's a journey through the wild heart of the Peak District towards Manchester or along the Rother Valley to Nottingham (see 4). Within the city itself, you can walk very easily from the railway station to some great art galleries and Europe's largest urban glasshouse (see 1). Or ride the Supertram for panoramic views (see 3).

  • County: South Yorkshire
  • Great for: Art Gallery | arts and crafts | historic houses | industrial heritage | museums | scenic train | tram ride |
  • Refreshments: pubs, cafes and more
  • Please note: researched/updated in November 2023. If anything’s changed or you have more tips to share, do get in touch:
Supertram - Sheffield car-free
  1. 3. Ride the Supertram and save money

    Not only is Sheffield’s tram a clean, fast, fun mode of transport – it saves you money on city sights. All three Supertram routes pass the cathedral (have a look inside!) in the middle of the city. A day ticket entitles you to discounts at some of Sheffield’s attractions.

    • You could simply ride the blue line, which leaves every ten minutes, up into the hills around the city, passing the brutalist apartment blocks at Park Hill, which feature in latest series of Doctor Who. 
    • And there’s a great view over Sheffield from near the Spring Lane tram stop.
    • Paradise Island Adventure Golf gives you 2 for 1 entry with your tram ticket. The Valley Centertainment tram stop (yellow and purple lines) is just outside.
    • Entry to Kelham Island museum is free for all visitors and is just a 5-minute walk from Shalesmoor tram stop. On a 900-year-old man-made island in the River Don, the museum explores Sheffield’s industrial heritage.
    • Open every day for free, you can learn more about the city’s history at Weston Park Museum, not far from the University of Sheffield tram stop (blue and yellow lines). You can get even closer on the number 51 or 52 buses.
  1. 4. Scenic Train Rides

    The railway from Sheffield to Manchester along the Hope Valley is one of the UK’s loveliest lines. Emerging from a tunnel under Totley Moor, the train arrives at Grindleford with its legendary station café.

    • The railway runs on through the Peak District to Hope and Edale past spectacular hilly scenery. The 40-mile journey from Sheffield to Manchester has 80 minutes of great views each way.
    • The line that runs south from Sheffield along the Rother Valley may not be quite as dramatic, but it ends in vibrant Nottingham, a city so good we’ve written two guides to it.
  • Supertram - Sheffield car-free
  • Derbyshire View - Sheffield car-free
  • Waterfall in Lathkill Dale - Sheffield car-free