Like most people I know I never go to see the attractions on my doorstep. For example, I live in York and have never been in the Minster. Local attractions in York just don’t seem as attractive as elsewhere in the country.
Until I started my job as an Account Manager on the road I had never really thought about exploring Yorkshire. But now that I have I am amazed at what is out there within just a short drive, and Rotherham is definitely one of those places.
Although I grew up a true Yorkshire boy I cannot remember my parents ever taking me – unless there was an away football match there!
There is so much more than a football pitch to see though. We’ve probably all heard of the famous Meadowhall Shopping Centre, but what about the other gems I’ve recently unearthed such as the Don Valley Stadium and Sheffield Arena, which have staged concerts by stars such as Elton John and Bob Dylan. I’ve not managed to get any tickets yet for the next events but I’m working on it!
I was surprised on my first weekend break in Rotherham by the number of touristy bits around. I can personally recommend the Magna Science & Adventure Centre and I’m determined to take my little one to the Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre next time I’m there. However–I’ll be giving the Simply Skate Arena a miss after my last attempt at the sport! I’d like to try a few of the local golf courses, which according to the locals are quite a challenge for the average golfer like me – but like many of us male species – that will depend if I can get away from the wife un-noticed for a few hours!
Rotherham is right on the doorstep of its probably better known neighbour – Sheffield. In my mind they are that much on top of each other they may as well be one city – who knows, maybe one day they will. Sheffham or Rotherfield are my suggestions!
If you live outside of the White Rose County then there are a couple of family-run, privately owned hotels that I can certainly recommend – I know as I visit them often! The BEST WESTERN Elton Hotel near Rotherham is positioned in the quaint village of Bramley, just outside of the main town. If you’re looking for tranquillity it’s much more of a peaceful setting than a buzzing city centre. The hotel has recently undergone a major refurbishment that has totally transformed the place, including a brand new restaurant serving British cuisine called The Tanners – aptly named from when the hotel building used to house the local leatherwork tanner man around the 1800s! I took the family for a stay not so long back and the food and ambiance is fantastic. It’s a typical Best Western hotel -– packed with personality! I met Steve the Chef on my last visit who told me he is Savoy trained – no wonder the fodder is top notch!
My other recommendation is the BEST WESTERN Consort Hotel in Rotherham, which again is located just outside the town centre. What I like about this hotel is the huge function room which they often use to put on cabaret evenings and themed events – hours of fun! Can you imagine 300 intoxicated people all singing ABBA’s Voulez-vous?! Trust me from experience – it’s “a reete good night out!”
By Mark Stanley