The most famous attraction in Maltby, is the English Heritage site of Roche Abbey. The Abbey was founded in 1147 by Richard de Bully and Richard FitzTurgis and lies on either side of the stream which divided their lands.
In nearby Conisbrough, there are the ruins of Conisbrough Castle, a 12th century castle built of magnesian limestone. Recently restored by English Heritage, it is the oldest cirular keep in England and also one of the finest medievil buildings.
Clifton Park Museum is situated in Rotherham’s premier urban park. Built in 1783, Clifton house was once the home of the Walker family, who were iron manufacturers of Rotherham. Since 1893, Clifton House has been Rotherham’s museum and houses the most extensive collection of fine pottery, in public hands, from the internationally renowned Rockingham Works.
A recent attraction to open in the area is the new Magna Center. Built on the site of the former Templeborough Steelworks, Magna is a new, hands-on visitor attraction that explores the powerful themes of earth, air, fire and water.
There are other attractions in the area that were given investment funds like Magna, but unfortunately these flopped rather badly, (The National Center for Popular Music in Sheffield and the Earth Centre out at Conisbrough). Lets hope Magna fares a little better.
The National Museum of Photography, Film and Television charts the history of photography from the early days, right upto the emergance of the digital revolution. It looks at the history of films, with film shows and exhibitions. See The Human Body on the five storey high IMAX screen and browse through the best and worst of British TV
I cannot comment fully on this attraction as I have not yet been, but Eureka’s literature states it is ‘Britains first and only interactive museum designed for 3-12 year old children’. I know one or two adults who would dispute that, saying it is wasted on the kids.
Butterfly House is not only a butterfly house, but it also houses reptiles, birds of prey and even an exotic ‘pet hotel’ for when you go on holiday.
Countryside / Walks
In the nearby county of Nottinghamshire is Clumber Park. Now the property of the National Trust, this near 4,000 acres of woods, parkland and farmland was once the home of the Dukes of Newcastle. In 1709, the park was enclosed as a deer park from the surrounding Sherwood forest. The deer were later removed and the landscape was prepared for the tree planting that can be seen today.
Sherwood Forest, the famed home of the Legendary Robin Hood. Although a lot smaller than it used to be, this once vast Royal Hunting Forest still attracts over 1 million tourists every year. In nearby Edwinstowe is the Sherwood Forest Visitors Center depicting the legend of Robin Hood as well as giving information about the forest and it’s habitat. The nearby parish church of St. Mary’s is reputed to be where Robin married Maid Marion.
Situated off Junction 3 on the M18, The Yorkshire Outlet offers great name stores such as Clarkes, Warners, Double Two, Whitards of Chelsea and Ponden Mill with discounts of upto 50% off famous name brands. On the same site are also MacDonalds, Pizza Hut and a Beefeater Restaurant.
Situated on the M62, Junction 32, Freeport is one of only 6 such outlets in the UK. With top designer names like: Ciro Cittero, Ponden Mill, Craghoppers, Thorntons and Regatta and superb discounted prices, Freeport Castleford is one of the top shop attractions in Yorkshire.
In their own words, ‘The shopping centre at the heart of the UK’. Right on my doorstep, (M1 Junction 34), it has over 270 shops all under one roof, multiplex cinema and great places to eat. With great names such as: Marks & Spencers, Debenhams, Dorothy Perkins, Dixons, Whittards and The Gadget Shop, there is something for everyone.
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