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“A True Treasure”

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet
Ranked #22 of 183 things to do in Sheffield
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Visitors discover the method of producing steel and how workers and their families lived their lives in Abbeydale, a small village that has been involved in metal-working for centuries.
Reviewed 14 January 2018

After visiting the Christmas Market in downtown Sheffield on a cold and rainy day, we drove to this historical site to spend several enjoyable hours. We had a nice lunch in the coffee shop with sandwiches and coffee served by friendly people, and then went to tour the Hamlet. This was just up our alley as the steel industry has been prominent in our home area, and this showed us the parallel development in England. The buildings have been lovingly preserved, the signs explain the significance of the artifacts on display, and even in the rain, it was a delightful and informative stop (except for the little boy who kept poking my wife with his umbrella until his father finally stopped him). It was nice to be able to take a leisurely tour where docents would check to see if we had questions sporadically, but left us alone to tour at our own pace the rest of the time. The fact that this location includes the business office, the housing for workers and the manager, and the various shops makes this a complete educational experience. We are so glad we included this in our itinerary.

Thank TR3B-1962
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Reviewed 12 January 2018

Really enjoyed our Guided Tour and lunch. What an amazing and interesting place ! Some of the Workshops and the mill were actually being demonstrated .

Thank Gillian W
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Reviewed 8 January 2018

It has been awhile since I have been here and having been again it was worth while.
Some of the workshops date from the 18th Century, arranged around the edges with water dam to the south, which was used and still is used to power the water wheels, I think that there are at least 3.
The staff that work the site are enthusiastic and informative and will entertain the young people and answer their questions.
It is interesting to see who people used to work, and important to keep it going.

Thank 126iana
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Reviewed 8 January 2018

Allmost a cottage industry,compact site,with original workshops,in a square,around the green and the workers cottages as you come in.It shows what 19th centuary life was like,no health and safety.Very nice cafe order a snack sandwiches etc as you pay the very cheap entrance fee.As it was December,there was only guide,Nicholas who was very helpful.Enjoyable visit

Thank Nick A
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Reviewed 30 December 2017

Arrested state of decay - like stepping back hundreds of years, the workshops the housing and the processes all on one compact site. An essential part of our industrial heritage explained through a simple short presentation film and backed up a set of time line information boards. You can wander through the site, crucible furnace, workshops, tilt forge, grinding shed and see it all as it was when it was a working unit, fascinating. If you are an engineer you will really relate to the exhibits, if you aren't you will still find it interesting especially the workers cottages, smart little visitors centre, parking and helpful guide. If you have a couple of hours to spend I would definitely recommend a visit.

Thank phil01822
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