A Sunny morning in Elsecar visiting Elsecar Heritage Centre with toddler, seeing the old Elsecar heritage railway and fun in the museum | Free day out in South Yorkshire

Day out at Elsecar Heritage Centre

Wondering what there is to do at Elsecar Heritage Centre? We love it and always have a good day out when we go… best of all, it’s free! It’s somewhere I always go back to, it’s just got everything for all ages. Soft play, antique shops, tea rooms, gift shop, toy shop, old trains… and just down the road is a lovely park. Also, anywhere Eric can safely run around and explore is brilliant, even better if everyone can enjoy it. The whole heritage centre is pedestrianised so it’s safe for little ones without worrying about cars. Elsecar Heritage Centre dates back to 1800’s and it is a living history centre. It really is lovely to just stroll around on the cobble stoned streets and imagine what life used to be like. There is a trail around the centre for children to see small characters along the walls and learn about the history. The museum has free activities and information about the centre too, as well as a selection of books and nice gifts.

I’m really sorry the video is a little shaky; it was my first time using the SLR! (Which we usually only use for photos)

Don’t forget the heritage railway, too, which is home to steam trains and locomotives. My son who loves trains enjoys watching them. There are a few picnic tables just by the trains which any train loving toddler will appreciate. The Elsecar heritage railway have special events on throughout the year, such as Mince Pie Specials in winter time. These cost but are worth the money, in my opinion. Back in January, we did one of these and rode a steam train. It was a really nice experience. We got a coffee with it, too!

I recommend it to everyone I know for something different to do which is close to Sheffield. It is only 3 stops on the train, yay for close things! My first blog post when I started trips with a tot was on Elsecar, about our experience on the steam train, and Elsecar park which you can see this here. Not the best blog post but you can see our photos and read about it!

This time, I went with my mum on a weekday morning; there was hardly anyone around. It was quiet, sunny, and relaxing. Eric loved to run around exploring, watching the trains, and playing in the museum. Best of all, we didn’t have to pay anything. That’s always good!

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Inside the Heritage Centre; there are craft shops, gift shops and a ping pong table!

 

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Antiques
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Eric wanted this antique dog
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Elsecar Heritage Railway
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Pretty tearoom and shop windows
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Museum activities
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Free toys, lego and dressing up in the museum
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Dressing up, lego and playing in the free museum
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Tea room and vintage shop
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Old pub outside of the heritage centre

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On the same day, we took a bus just 10 minutes down the road to Wentworth Garden Centre. You can read and watch all about the second half of our day in this blog post here.

Have you been to a living history centre like Elsecar heritage centre? Let me know in the comments below! Thank you for reading (and watching)!

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