South Yorkshire

A rolling landscape of hills, moorland and valleys contrasts with the industrial heritage of South Yorkshire’s past to provide visitors with a great choice of attractions. Stately homes, gardens and a collection of annual festivals and events deliver a fun filled experience for tourists.

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South Yorkshire Overview

Welcome to South Yorkshire

South Yorkshire in the north of England is a landlocked county surrounded by the counties of Derbyshire, North Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, the East Riding of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.

South Yorkshire has a population of around 1,400,000 people. The county town is Barnsley with other large populations at the steel city of Sheffield, Doncaster and Rotherham.

The landscape of South Yorkshire is a rolling landscape of hills, moorland and valleys filled with flowing streams bearing the fading scars of the mining and steel industries against a backdrop of the Pennines and Peak District National Park.


South Yorkshire wasn’t officially created until 1974 as a result of the Local Government Act of 1972, though the history of the area dates back to at least 8000 BC.

Industry has a left a heavy footprint on the history of South Yorkshire with coal mining, iron ore extraction and the steel industry benefitting from the county’s rivers the main powerhouse of the area. The county’s industrial past remains visible today and helps to support a tourist industry with a number of heritage attractions.

Getting There

South Yorkshire is readily accessible by road – the M1 and A1(M) run through the county from north to south, whilst the A623 crosses the Peak District National Park to Manchester.

The county is well served by train with both East Midlands Trains and Virgin operating services from London St. Pancras and Kings Cross respectively to Sheffield.

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Tickhill Alpacas

Sunny Acres, Hindley Lane off Apy Hill Lane, Tickhill, Doncaster , South Yorkshire, DN11 9BF

Countrywide Paintball- Sheffield

Mortimer Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S6 6JE

Brodsworth Hall & Gardens

Brodsworth, Doncaster, South Yorkshire

Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Sheffield Botanical Gardens, Clarkehouse Road, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S10 2LN