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  • 1. History

    The town gets its name from the Archbishop of York, Thomas Rotherham, who founded the Chapel of Jesus in the parish church in 1480. In 1482 he created the red brick college of Jesus. A few remains of walls from this building can be found in the town’s College Street. Rotherham’s High Street has been at the heart of the town for centuries. One of the oldest buildings is a t...Read moreimber framed medieval structure dating back to the 15th century. This was once the Three Cranes Inn. In the late 18th century there were at least seven public houses on the High Street and it was also a busy shopping area. Read less

  • 2. Now

    Rotherham is a market town situated in the centre of the Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham, in South Yorkshire. The borough also includes rural villages, countryside and the towns of Dinnington, Maltby and Wath-upon-Dearne. The town is being regenerated in a £2 billion programme to provide new public spaces and retail, leisure, office and residential facilities. Canals in Ro...Read moretherham include the South Yorkshire Navigation Canal and the Chesterfield Canal – these are popular with cyclists and walkers as well as canal boat users. Read less

  • 3. Events

    The Rotherham Sports Awards is an annual event to celebrate sporting success and achievements across the borough. A glittering award ceremony is held in November. Rotherham-by-the-Sea takes place for a week every August. The event involves the town centre being transformed into a seaside resort, including sand, deck chairs and more. The Rotherham Open Art Exhibition is an ann...Read moreual event that allows local amateur artists to display their work. The exhibition runs for two months from April in the Rotherham Art Gallery, the Central Library and the Arts Centre. The Rotherham Show is a free two-day event in September featuring entertainment, a horticultural show, vintage vehicles, a fun fair, stalls, refreshments and more. Read less

  • 4. Attractions

    Rotherham Minster was built in the 15th century although parts of the building are from Norman and Saxon structures that existed on the site. The minster has a visitor centre, in All Saints’ Square. Clifton Park Museum is a modern museum that takes visitors through a history of the borough using high tech displays and interactive exhibits. Its highlights include Nelson the L...Read moreion and the Rhinoceros Vase, the first ever porcelain vase cast in one piece. The Magna Science and Adventure Centre has many hands-on displays investigating the elements of earth, air, fire and water. Visitors spend about four hours at the centre, which also includes multimedia shows and an outdoor play area. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do

    Rotherham Leisure Complex includes a six-lane pool, a teaching pool, water flumes, an indoor climbing tower, sports hall, squash courts and more. Clifton Park is a two-minute walk from the town centre and includes a water play area, play areas rock garden and more.

  • 6. Business

    The town centre has pedestrianised shopping areas and a great selection of high street stores and independent retailers. Rotherham has a large selection of markets to choose from. The Centenary Indoor Market is open six days a week and has stalls selling everything from designer clothes to electrical goods. The Centenary Outdoor Market has fresh food and products on Mondays, F...Read moreridays and Saturdays, second-hand clothes and shoes on Tuesdays and antiques and bric-a-brac on Wednesdays. The Effingham Street Market has over 30 stalls and takes place on Tuesdays. The popular Farmers’ Market is held in Effingham Street on the last Wednesday of every month. The huge Meadowhall Shopping Centre is also within easy reach of Rotherham. Read less

  • 7. Transport

    By road, Rotherham can be reached from junctions 33, 34, and 35 of the M1 and junction 1 of the M18. The town’s bus station is Rotherham Interchange, at the heart of the town centre. Bus services are good across the region. The nearest airports are Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield, which is about 20 minutes’ drive, East Midlands Airport, which takes about 45 minutes...Read more to reach, and Leeds Bradford International Airport, which is about 50 minutes away. Rotherham Central Train Station has good services to the rest of the region. A train journey to Sheffield takes about 15 minutes and the journey to Doncaster takes about 20 minutes. Read less

  • 8. Entertainment

    Rotherham Civic Theatre has a programme of events including professional and amateur dance, drama, musicals, children’s theatre, comedy, music, pantomime and variety.

  • 9. Famous Landmarks

    The Chapel on the Bridge was built in 1483 and is one of only four surviving examples of a medieval Bridge Chantry. The building was used as jail between 1777 and 1826 and still has the original cell doors with graffiti carved by the prisoners. The chapel was restored in the 1920's and a new stained glass window installed in 1975, charting the history of the building. Rotherh...Read moream Minster has been dominating the town’s skyline since the 15th century. It has a 180ft spire. Read less

  • 10. Interesting Fact

    Entertainers The Chuckle Brothers, Barry and Paul, were born and grew up in Rotherham. They came from a family of entertainers and began putting on their own small shows in their back garden from an early age.


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