Rotherham is a large, densely populated town in South Yorkshire, situated on the banks of the River Don. Along with nearby Sheffield Rotherham was once a steel manufacturing and coal mining location – and remnants of this rich industrial history are still present in the town today. Some of its most popular attractions celebrate this heritage – including the Elescar Heritage Centre, Elsecar Heritage Railway, South Yorkshire Transport Museum and Wentworth Woodhouse.
For nature lovers the surrounding moorland and countryside is ruggedly beautiful, incorporating Rotherham Valley Country Park, Old Moor Wetland Centre (and RSPB nature reserve) and Clifton Park and Museum. Other key locations for visitors to the area and tourists include the Magna Science Adventure Centre and Boston Castle.
Back in the town centre shoppers can grab a bargain or splash out at Parkgate Shopping Park, Meadow Hall Shoppers Paradise or Boundary Mill Outlet Mall. Independent stores including delis selling speciality local produce and boutiques stocking unique clothing and locally made gifts can be found at the heart of the town and in small villages within the surrounding area. It is a well-known market town – and its market town status dates back to 1207. Today the stalls sell local produce, homewares, clothes and handmade gifts.
Rotherham is situated between Sheffield and Leeds on the edge of the Peak District National Park. The town centre can be easily reached via Rotherham central station and motorway links. The nearest international airports include Humberside or Leeds Bradford.