The county of South Yorkshire covers 600 square miles and includes the boroughs of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield. It lies on the eastern edge of the Pennines and borders the rest of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. Holiday cottages in South Yorkshire are popular among visitors who want to discover the county’s dramatic landscapes of craggy hills and deep valleys. The countryside is crossed by the rivers Dearne, Rother and Don, and dotted with the remains of mining buildings, steel plants and spoil heaps. On the doorstep of your South Yorkshire holiday cottage, The Peak District National Park is an enchanting expanse of vales, high moorland and jagged gritstone edges, scattered with peaceful villages and opulent country homes. The park is crisscrossed by scenic trails and has exceptional sites for rock-climbing, caving and other outdoor pursuits.
South Yorkshire has a wealth of historic sites including Monk Bretton Priory, Conisborough Castle and Roche Abbey. Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Elescar Steam Railway and Woodlands Model Village are recommended for family days out. Well worth a visit on self-catering holidays in South Yorkshire, Sheffield is a lively city with a fascinating history to delve into. It played an important role in the Industrial Revolution with a booming steel industry and the development of various inventions in the 19th century. The historic city centre is best explored by foot, with a variety of independent shops, a flourishing food scene, and an abundance of interesting landmarks and architecture to discover.
Another popular place to visit in South Yorkshire is Doncaster, a charming market town where Norman castles, Regency architecture and horse-racing combine to create an atmosphere like nowhere else in the region. 18th century Cusworth Hall, Potteric Carr Nature Reserve and South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum are all worth a visit.