Heading north from London and Birmingham on the M1 Motorway leads one through one of the most scenic and bustling areas of England, South Yorkshire. One of the first areas reached in the North of England, South Yorkshire is a mélange of picturesque upland areas and river valleys, but is also home the third largest city in England: Sheffield.

With plenty of attractions and opportunities, South Yorkshire has plenty offer for tourists. Whether it be some of the best shopping at Meadowhall in Rotherham, skating at England's first split-level ice rink at the Doncaster Dome, visiting the many gardens or Museums in Sheffield, or taking an excursion to the Peak District, there's plenty to see and do in South Yorkshire.

Sights and Attractions

South Yorkshire offers quite a bit to see and do. Sheffield, a major urban area in England, offers many attractions, sights and activities. The Millennium Galleries, opened in 2001, is the largest art gallery in Sheffield, is free and a great place to start, as it's in the middles of town and adjacent to the Winter Gardens and Arundel Gate, for tram and bus pick-ups. The Winter Gardens are an attractive indoor Conservatory, maintained at moderate temperatures year-round. Doncaster offers the Doncaster Dome, with a split-level ice rink, and Doncaster Racetrack, with races in season.

Shopping and Dining

South Yorkshire's dining and nightlife is well-known and very exciting. Shopping is also well-known. Sheffield has plenty of pubs, bars, and alehouses, for those looking to sample local brews, as well as excellent dining, such as the Vicarage, considered the best dining in Sheffield, and Milestone. Outside of the city Barnsley offers the award-winning Beatson House restaurant. Excellent shopping cab be found at Meadowhall, formerly the largest shopping center in England. And more nightlife choices can be found in Doncaster, with plenty of pubs and alehouses.

Peak District

The Peak District, including the Peak District National Park, can be partially found in South Yorkshire. The Park is the first, and most visited national park in England. The area, and specifically the park, offers, plenty of hiking, camping, hills and moors, and some cave exploration (potholing). For a short visit in the north of England, there is plenty to see and do in South Yorkshire. With plenty of museums, gardens, open land, and activities, visitors should enjoy themselves greatly.