Things to do in Rotherham

History, heritage, culture, sports and a buzzing food and drink scene - there’s a lot to discover and do in Rotherham, one of South Yorkshire’s biggest and best towns.

The compact town centre is a great place to start exploring. Home to the ornate 14th-century Minster and the even older Roche Abbey, you’ll also find Clifton Park, a sprawling park packed with sports pitches, a water splash zone, playground and gardens alive with flowers, fruits and vegetables. There’s plenty for families and children nearby too, notably the Magna Science Adventure Centre, a fascinating hands-on experience that explores the worlds of air, earth, fire and water, plus an action-packed Superbowl centre and the inline skate and trampoline parks.


The entertainment scene is just as lively. The Rotherham Civic Theatre is the main hub for plays, musicals, drama and stand-up comedy while SNAFU and Trades are the places to visit for live music and tribute acts. And sporting fans can cheer on Rotherham United’s football team and the professional rugby union team Rotherham Titans. Handily, our hotel in Rotherham is a short distance from both grounds and just a few miles east of the town centre.


Add in a varied and multi-cultural food and restaurant scene spanning Turkish delights, Indian classics and plenty of essential cafés, and nightlife that covers everything from gastropubs, cocktail joints and late-night dancing, and you have one of our favourite Yorkshire destinations: proud of its roots but with plenty of modern attractions and entertainment.

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Activities

Activities

Country parks, golf courses and a historic abbey will keep you entertained while the sun is shining in Rotherham. If the weather takes a turn for the worse, however, you can always head inside for a science adventure at Magna, jump around in an inflatable obstacle course or take a journey back in time at the South Yorkshire Transport Museum.

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Entertainment

Entertainment

Rotherham’s entertainment scene doesn’t disappoint, spanning everything from high-quality sporting action, a buzzing live music scene and an active theatre and cultural hub that hosts everything from musicals and family shows to tribute nights, stand up comedy and more.

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Places to eat

Places to eat

Tantalise your taste buds with some true Indian favourites, tuck into an array of Italian classics or treat yourself with coffee and cake at a chic little café. Whatever it is you’re feeling hungry for, you’re sure to find it in Rotherham.

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Nightlife

Nightlife

Whether you’re looking for a quiet pint in a countryside pub, high-end cocktails and craft beers or even dancing until dawn, you’ll find it all in Rotherham. And much of the action is handily centred around Westgate in the centre of town.

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Shopping

With over 50 stores and food and drink outlets, Parkgate is the largest shopping centre in Rotherham located a mile north-east of the town centre. As well as big-name fashion brands like H&M and Marks & Spencer, the centre also has several factory outlets selling high street brands at knockdown prices including Nike and Clarks. Parkgate is open daily until 8pm on weeknights with 14 cafés and food outlets including KFC, Costa, Nando’s and Frankie & Benny’s.

Rotherham Market is one of the oldest of its kind in the UK, having been a mainstay in the south Yorkshire town for over 800 years. Running Monday to Saturday in the town centre, there are a wide range of specialist markets to choose from. The general market runs on Monday, Friday and Saturday from 8.30am-5pm, with dedicated clothes and shoe markets on Tuesday, Bric-a-Brac on Wednesday and the Rotherham Bazaar held every Thursday.

 

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Getting Around

With four platforms and regular connections to other Yorkshire hubs including Leeds, Doncaster and Sheffield, Rotherham Train Station is a well-connected travel terminal in the heart of the town. Re-opened in 2012 after a large refurbishment, the station is a neat mix of the old and new with a glass-walled footbridge and stylish metal canopies. The station has a manned ticket office, toilets and baby-changing facilities and a small on-site car park.

Newly reopened after a large refurb, Rotherham Interchange is the town’s main bus terminal servicing 17 million passengers each year across 1,300 daily departures. The interchange has 19 stands running services across Yorkshire and the rest of the UK and is now equipped with free Wi-Fi, a mini-mall with 20 shops, toilets and plenty of seating.


The nearest airport to Rotherham is Doncaster Sheffield Airport, with the 20-mile journey taking around 20-minutes by car or taxi and just over an hour via a connecting bus service in Doncaster. Another option is to stay the night before you travel at our Doncaster Lakeside hotel, around five miles from the airport. A relatively small terminal, Doncaster Sheffield, formerly known as Robin Hood Airport, handles around 1.5 million passengers each year with regular departures across Europe via Flybe, TUI Airways and Wizz Air.

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Shopping in Rotherham

Shopping in Rotherham

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Getting Around Rotherham

Getting Around Rotherham

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