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Sheffield and South Yorkshire

1. Magna Science Adventure Centre

Magna Science Adventure Centre is a huge disused steelworks that has been converted into an exciting attraction with four main pavilions, Air, Earth, Fire and Water. There's loads of hands on pieces of kit from small to large scale - you get to operate a JCB in the Earth Pavilion! The Fire Pavilion contains a 5 metre high fire tornado, and the amazing Big Melt, a full scale recreation of an electric arc furnace used to melt steel.

2. Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Visit Yorkshire Sculpture Park for changing exhibitions of modern and contemporary sculpture in the beautiful 18th century parkland of the Bretton Estate. There are over 40 sculptures set in 500 acres, with works by Eduardo Paolozzi, Elizabeth Frink, Henry Morre, Andy Goldsworthy and Mark di Suvero. Yorkshire Sculpture Park is an extraordinary place that sets out to challenge, inspire, inform and delight, and is experienced by thousands of visitors each year.

3. Kelham Island Museum

Kelham Island Museum was opened in 1982 to house the objects, pictures and archive material representing Sheffield's industrial story. The displays at the Museum tell that story from the "Little Mester" to mass production, skilled workers, revolutionary processes, quality products, invention and innovation. Located in one of the city's oldest industrial districts, the Museum stands on a man-made island over 900 years old.

4. Weston Park Museum

Founded in 1875, Weston Park Museum underwent a major refurbishment programme in 2001. Located in leafy Weston Park, the museum explores the world and its past, from millions of years ago to the present day. Children and adults will love the animated displays, from Egyptian Mummies, to a traditional butchers shop. Sheffield's collections of beautiful, varied and unusual treasures are brought to life by fascinating histories, incredible facts and hands-on interactive exhibits.

5. The Ruskin Gallery

The Ruskin Gallery contains a unique collection of minerals, paintings, drawings, ornithological prints, Medieval manuscripts, books and architectural plastercasts assembled by 19th century art critic and philosopher John Ruskin. Jewel like colours in a single peacock feather are picked up in watercolours displayed alongside. Drawings of architectural features and landscape views illustrate the skill of craftsman and the beauty of nature.

6. The Winter Gardens, Sheffield

One of the largest temperate glasshouses to be built in the UK during the last hundred years, Sheffield Winter Gardens are a stunning green oasis in the heart of the city with more than 2,500 plants from around the world creating a superb display. The building itself is 70metres long and 22metres high. The Winter Garden also provides a home for the Bessamar Gallery and offers a welcome stop for coffee and light refreshments.

7. Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet is a unique eighteenth century industrial works. Originally called Abbeydale Works, it was one of the largest water-powered sites on the River Sheaf. The main products of the works were agricultural scythes, but other edge tools were made too, such as grass hooks and hay knives. At the Hamlet, you can see waterwheels, tilt hammers, a grinding hull and the only intact crucible steel furnace surviving in the world today.

8. Brodsworth Hall

Discover 150 years of family life documented at Brodsworth Hall, from silk and chandeliers to the austerities of life during WWII. Walk around the ‘grand gardens in miniature’, now restored to their Victorian heyday, or follow an investigative trail in the Work & Play exhibition, dramatising the lives of Brodsworth’s family, servants and tenants. There’s also plenty to explore in the enchanting garden, from the classical summerhouse to the Rose Dell with hundreds of rose varieties.

9. Cannon Hall Farm

Cannon Hall Farm is an award winning working farm set in the rolling Pennine hills in a landscape full of undiscovered charm; home to hundreds of creatures, great and small, from pigs donkeys and goats to lamas and even wallabies! Spring is lambing time, with newborns arriving every day. There's also an adventure playground, a farm shop and a deli.

10. Conisbrough Castle

Conisbrough Castle was first established as a wooden fortification in 1080 by a Norman nobleman, with the surviving circular stone keep dating from around 100 years later. Conisbrough has since become world famous through Sir Walter Scott's novel Ivanhoe.Today, Conisbrough Castle is considered to be one of the best preserved Norman castles in England, attracting over 35,000 visitors per year. Facilities include tea rooms, car parking and toilets.
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