Think of South Yorkshire and initial thought may be of the industrial heartland, but there are a number of prominent attractions for visitors and a surprising amount of scenic areas. For people who enjoy the outdoors South Yorkshire is the gateway to the Peak District National Park with its cycling, walking and climbing areas ands well as miles of unspoilt natural beauty.
The Trans Pennine trail cuts right across the region and is a well known route for cyclists. Rother Valley Country Park is an excellent place for outdoor activity and the slopes of the Sheffield Ski Centre are entertaining. This is the area for the classic St Leger Horse Race at Doncaster, and for the World Snooker Championships at Sheffield. Most of the cities have good football teams and watching a match is a great way to appreciate the culture of the area.
Sheffield is known for its Botanical Gardens and the Winter Gardens, and also for its huge shopping malls at Meadowhall and the Devonshire Quarter. In Rotherham there is Thrybergh Country Park, and the Butterfly House. The city has a well known walking festival celebrating the rural walking trails. At Magna try indoor bungee jumping. Wentworth Castle is a popular attraction near Barnsley and the town has an excellent market with a good shopping centre.
The Cooper Gallery and Design Centre are great for arts and crafts. Doncaster is home to both Brodsworth Hall and Cusworth Hall, two stately homes and has an excellent market. South Yorkshire has a vibrant nightlife in the cities and concert venues such as the Arena Stadium. Look out for excellent pubs and restaurants, and some welcoming hotels. South Yorkshire has a surprising amount of attractions for visitors and is ideally placed to explore more of this region.