Yorkshire Industrial Heritage Trail

Elsecar Heritage Centre near Barnsley

Elsecar Heritage Centre near Barnsley

A Yorkshire Industrial Heritage Trail – the Makers, Miners and Money Route – has opened in South and West Yorkshire, highlighting Yorkshire’s historic industrial heartland between Huddersfield, Sheffield, Wakefield, Rotherham and Barnsley. Three key sites or ‘Anchor Points’ feature along the route, each offering a superb visitor experience. These include Sheffield’s Kelham Island Industrial Museum situated on a manmade island, the free entry National Coal Mining Museum with underground tours and the Elsecar Heritage Centre with steam railway, craft shopping, play centre and the newly restored Newcomen Beam Engine!

Wentworth Castle Gardens - Exploring the stately homes of the Money Makers

Wentworth Castle Gardens – Exploring the stately homes of the Money Makers

Industrial Heritage Heartland

Served by South Yorkshire’s iron and coal fields, the triangular area between Huddersfield, Barnsley, Rotherham, Wakefield and Sheffield has a rich industrial heritage stretching back to the medieval era. This is Yorkshire’s coal, iron, quarrying, textiles and steel working heartland where coal and iron barons made fortunes. Sites such as Wentworth Castle Gardens where the money makers lived also feature on the trail. Find out more on the Route’s website – many fascinating heritage steelworks, forges, industrial hamlets and industrial museums are showcased on the trail.

ERIH – European Route of Industrial Heritage

South and West Yorkshire’s new industrial heritage route is part of the wider European Route of Industrial Heritage with over 1000 historic sites in 43 countries across Europe. There are 80 Anchor Points amongst these – Anchor Points are sites considered to offer an exceptional visitor experience. The network promises to open up industrial treasures to a wider audience. Britain’s industrial gems include World Heritage Sites like Staffordshire’s Iron Bridge and the Blaenavon Ironworks/ Big Pit in the Welsh Valleys. Themed Routes across Europe range from textiles and mining to iron and steel, salt, housing and architecture and the service/ leisure industry! Highlight trails in Britain include Cornwall’s World Heritage Mining areas, the Industrious East, the Northwest Industrial Powerhouse and the Heart of England around the Severn Valley and Telford’s World Heritage Iron Bridge! Find out more on the official ERIH website!

See one of the few surviving Bessemer Converters at Kelham Island Museum!

See one of the few surviving Bessemer Converters at Kelham Island Museum!

Stay in South & West Yorkshire

The South and West Yorkshire area where the new Route is located borders the Peak District National Park and contains a wealth of charming bed and breakfast accommodation and cottages ideal as a base for exploring the area. Stay in a welcoming B&B in the Barnsley and Wakefield area or a pretty cottage in the Penistone and Langsett areas on the edge of the Peak District. Anchor Point – the Kelham Island Museum sits on the northern edge of Sheffield city centre, close to some great independent guest houses or if you’re just dipping into the Route and visiting hotspots like Wentworth Castle Gardens, choose from a wide selection of budget hotels and luxury country house hotels in the area. Browse accommodation below and book online or direct.

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.