5 best parks for kids in sheffield

5 Favourite Parks and playgrounds for kids in Sheffield | Best parks in Sheffield for kids

Sheffield is not short of good parks and playgrounds. Being one of Europe’s greenest cities; there are so many to choose from so there is no excuse to get out and play. And better still, all of them are free. These are 5 Best parks in Sheffield for kids. Make sure to visit them all!

Norfolk Heritage Park. Free to visit. Guildford Ave, Sheffield S2 2PL

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Cafe: Yes, does not take card. Indoor and outdoor picnic area.

Parking: Yes

Ducks: No

Playground: Yes, two

Read my blog post on Norfolk Heritage Park here.

Two playgrounds including an adventure playground and toddler playground, swings, slides, climbing frames and more. Norfolk Heritage Park is an inner city historic parkland with 28 hectares to explore. Jarvis Lum ancient woodlands are a great place to get a quiet stroll whilst spotting sculptures. There is a quiz trail, a bird trail, and good cafe and fantastic views over the city. A day out at this park is good all year round as there is an indoor “centre in the park” with covered and warm picnic areas, toilets, kids toys, nursery, meeting rooms and reception.

Hillsborough park. Free to visit. S6 2AS.

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Cafe: No

Parking: Yes

Ducks: Yes

Playground: Yes

Large parkland 3 miles north west of Sheffield City Centre. This park has a library which does free baby time and story time sessions (see here). The park has a gorgeous walled garden which is so pretty, my favourite part of the park is a stroll through the gardens. A large playground is lots of fun for kids and has a big slide which is my sons favourite part! Although the park has no cafe there are lots of places to eat around Hillsborough.

Endcliffe park. Free to visit. Rustlings Rd, Sheffield S11 7AB.

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Cafe: Yes

Parking: Public car parking; no car park

Ducks: Yes

Playground: Yes

Read this blog post which includes Endcliffe park for more information.

This park has it all! Woods, streams, open green for games and picnics, ducks, a really good cafe and a funfair. The playground area is fantastic with two separate areas; one more adventure with climbing and ropes, and the other the toddler/younger play area. There is a lot to do in this park, you can start from the top where the ducks are and work your way through. There is outside seating for the cafe, buggies are not allowed inside. I love to walk down from Forge Dam passing Shepherds Wheel (takes about 45 minutes).

Forge dam. Free to visit. Carr Forge Dam, Sheffield S10 3TE

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Cafe: Yes, see website here

Parking: Public car parking; no car park

Ducks: Yes

Playground: Yes

I love Forge Dam. Quiet woodlands, rocky streams, a great cafe that always does good food with good service, a good playground, walking trails and ducks. The cafe has ice cream, brilliant coffee, panini, breakfasts, snacks and drinks and toys for kids. The park has a great atmosphere and the park is small but lots of fun especially the huge slide! You can walk all the way down to Endcliffe Park from Forge Dam and do two parks in a day (approximately 2 miles), or walk up to Mayfield Alpacas. The ducks are above the cafe (the cafe is on the right in the photo above) with benches around the pond. There are green open spaces opposite the cafe (to the left of the picture). The rest of the park is across a road from a playground and is a quiet, rocky water stream walk with bridges, waterfall, stepping stones and nature. Read this blog post here with a video of the walk from Forge Dam to Endcliffe park here.

Graves Park and animal farm. Free to visit. S8 8QD.

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Cafe: Yes, see website here

Parking: Yes, a few park car parks available

Ducks: Yes

Playground: Yes, including sand pits

Graves Park makes a fantastic free day out for families. It is the largest park in Sheffield, so there is lots to explore and tons of space to play! From big green open spaces for ball games to quiet woods, there is something for everyone. There are many walks to do in this park or you can just see where the day takes you. The animal farm is free to visit, has a tractor that kids can ride on and a gift shop. There is a good cafe with home cooked food (they take card) and a small play area. Graves Park playgrounds are fantastic; there are sand pits, climbing frames, swings, ropes and swings.

This just a handful of great playgrounds and parks in Sheffield, there are so many more waiting to be found and discovered on your door step. You can find out and read more about parks in Sheffield in these blog posts:

Thanks for reading! I hope this was useful.

 

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