South Yorkshire was conquered by the coal and steel industries in the 18th and 19th centuries, and after these activities faded the region had to find a new path.
For Sheffield that path is education, culture and a fertile live music scene.
Around the county you have the moors, dales and fells of the peak district to the west and lots of enthralling relics from the time when South Yorkshire led world for innovation and manufacturing.
Decades after the mines closed down nature has started taking over once more.
See “flashes”, wetlands caused by subsidence around rivers, and many of these man-made phenomena are protected bird sanctuaries or country parks.
Lets explore the best places to visit in South Yorkshire:
If there’s a model for how to be a post-industrial city Sheffield would definitely be in the running.
After a couple of decades of regeneration the centre is creative, fun and young, full of nightlife and culture.
Some of this dynamism is owed to Sheffield’s large university population, but also sights like the Millennium Galleries and the fabulous Winter Garden, which was unveiled in 2003. And then there’s the time-honoured institutions like the Crucible Theatre, which has welcomed the World Snooker Championship since the 1970s.
Steel is still manufactured around Sheffield, and there are also well-preserved mills and machinery at Kelham Island and the Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet.