Days out without a car? YES! Here’s a complete guide to over 100 Days Out without a car using Public Transport from Sheffield. This guide is jam packed of things to do on bus routes, tram routes, and trains for day trips and overnight stays. I considered splitting this into separate blog posts as it’s so big!
We go on many trips by using public transport. Neither of us drive so rely on buses, trams and trains to get around the UK. Whilst I’m not an expert, I do know how to get a lot of places without a car from Sheffield so I thought I would share. And even if you do drive, or don’t even use public transport much,this will help you to find where to go in specific areas and maybe give you some inspiration of your next days out!
This is by no means a complete list of all public transport; that would take months! These are routes I use often and I am speaking from personal experience. Routes are subject to change so please check before planning your trips.
How to use this guide: it is split into 5 parts. Countryside buses, Sheffield buses, South Yorkshire buses, Trains and Trams. Scroll to find the section you need, to find the route and where to go. You might need a pen and paper… Enjoy!
65/65a to Buxton, operators: Hulleys, TM travel and High Peak
This bus is good for Peak District walks, visiting the plague village of Eyam and a stay in Buxton. You could do a Longshaw to Grindleford walk, or explore any of that area. Padley Gorge is a favourite of mine, and Eyam hall is wonderful: a national trust historical house. Buxton is an old spa town where you could easily spend a day shopping, eating and seeing Pavilion gardens.
218 to Bakewell, operators: Hulleys, TM Travel
So many days out on this bus route! A day out to Chatsworth House is a must; this bus goes into the car park, or get off in Baslow for good pubs and a picturesque stroll in Chatsworth estate. Bakewell is home to the Bakewell tart! It is a pretty, quintessentially English town with gift shops, charity shops, pubs and a nice park.
Watch our vlog from Chatsworth House here.
271/272 to Castleton, operators: First, Hulleys, TM Travel
Another great bus for walking in the Peak District. This bus goes through Fox house to Hathersage via Surprise view, Hope and into Castleton. Surprise view and Mother cap are must-sees for amazing views, visit Hathersage outdoor pool in the summer, do a countryside walk, and visit Perevil castle in Castleton.
Places to go on route: Broomhill for Sheffield Botanical Gardens, Endcliffe park, Whirlow hall farm trust, Longshaw Estate, Surprise view, Mother cap, Bolehill quarry, Hathersage, Bamford, Castleton
273, 274, 275 to Castleton and Bakewell. Operators: first, hulleys, TM travel
These buses don’t run so often but give you access to some fantastic places in the Peak District. First, on the 273/274, you can get off at Rivelin Dams and walk up to Rivelin Valley Park. This bus route then goes to Yorkshire bridge where you can see Ladybower Reservoir and walk around Upper Derwent valley and Bamford before going on to Castleton. Back in Sheffield, the 275 goes to Rivelin via Broomhill where Weston park museum is. On this bus, take your pick where to get off and explore in the Peak District! There’s Ladybower reservoir, Grindleford, Eyam and Hassop station where you can walk or cycle along the Monsal trail to Bakewell.
Places to go on route: Weston Park Museum, Rivelin Dams and valley park, Ladybower reservoir, Upper Derwent valley, Grindleford, Eyam village, hassop station cycle hire cafe, Castleton and Bakewell.
X17 to Matlock, operators: Stagecoach
In Sheffield, this bus goes to Chesterfield via Woodseats where you can get to Graves park and the animal farm. Chesterfield is a nice market town with a huge park, and Matlock is a nice day out with the option to walk down to Matlock Bath.
Places to go on route: Graves park animal farm, Chesterfield town, Queen’s Park Chesterfield, Matlock town, Hall Ley’s Park, Matlock Bath, Heights of Abraham, Gulliver’s Kingdom, Matlock Bath Museum, Matlock Bath aquarium
61/62 to Low Bradfield, operators/ TM travel
Explore the countryside of north Sheffield on this bus which goes to Low Bradfield via Loxley and onto Stannington. On this bus you can visit Our cow molly and do a walk around Damflask Reservoir in Low Bradfield. Good food in Low Bradfield can be found at The Plough and The School Rooms. There are lots of walks in this area out to Dungworth and Stannington. This bus goes through Sheffield via Hillsborough for even more options of things to do.
Places to go on route: Hillsborough park, Our cow molly, Low Bradfield village, Damflask reservoir
120 Fulwood to Halfway, operators: First, Stagecoach
Have a full day out and tour of Sheffield with this bus! Haha. The Fulwood route (First bus) takes you to Forge Dam; one of my favourite parks in Sheffield with great cafe. Here you can walk to Endcliffe park via Shepherds Wheel. Going into Sheffield this bus goes via Broomhill and into the city centre. You can visit Sheffield Manor Lodge or Norfolk heritage park, or go onwards to Crystal peaks for shopping. Rother valley country park is towards the end of the route and has water sports and playgrounds.
Places to go on route: Forge dam, Boomhill, Sheffield Manor Lodge and Manor park, Norfolk heritage park, Crystal peaks, Rother valley country park
88 Chapeltown to Bents green, operator: Stagecoach
From Sheffield City Centre the 88 goes to Chapeltown or Bents green, in Chapeltown you can get a bus to Wentworth garden centre. From Chapeltown, next up is Firth Park where sculptures are waiting to be found at Journey To Hidden Places, it’s here you can find 18 creative pieces of art. Through the city centre, the bus goes to Ecclesall road where you can visit Botanical gardens and Endcliffe park.
Places to go on route: Chapeltown for bus to Wentworth, Firth Park, Ecclesall Road, Botanical gardens, Endcliffe park.
76 / 75 Low Edges / Batemoor to Shiregreen, Operator: First
There’s a few good parks and playgrounds on these bus routes. On the Low Edges side, the bus passes Meadowhead and Graves Park which is the largest park in Sheffield and has a free animal farm. Towards Sheffield city centre the bus passes Highfields adventure playground and Mount Pleasant Park. On the other side of the bus route is Pitsmoor adventure playground, Firth park and Concord park.
Places to go on route: Graves Park, Abbeydale Road, Highfields adventure playground and library, Pitsmoor adventure playground, Firth Park and Concord Park.
52 / 52a Hillsborough to Woodhouse, Operators: First, Stagecoach
This bus covers museums, shopping, parks and playgrounds. In Hillsborough there is lots to do, them through into Crookes and Walkey for charity shops and crookes valley park. In Broomhill there are nice places to eat and the bus stops outside Weston Park Museum.
Places to go on route: Hillsborough Park, Crookes Valley Park, Weston Park Museum.
56 Herdings to Wybourn, Operator: First
This is a circular route linking Wybourn to Herdings. In Wybourn towards the end of the line you can walk a few minutes to Sheffield Manor farm and Lodge, the bus goes back into town and through onto Heeley City Farm where it stops right outside, opposite the road is Millennium Park before going onto Herdings.
Places to go on route: Wybourn for Sheffield Manor Farm and Lodge, Heeley City Farm, Millennium Park and Heeley People’s park
X5 to Dinnington, Operator: First
2 good days out can be accessed with the x5 to Dinnington bus. Half an hour from Sheffield is Aston Springs Farm and the bus stop is right outside, further on is Tropical Butterfly House (10 min walk from bus stop) and few things to do in Dinnington, too.
Places to go on route: Aston Springs Farm, Tropical Butterfly House, Big tops play centre
X1 Steel Link to Maltby, Operator: First
This is a good bus to get to a lot of places in and near Rotherham. The bus passes Centertainment, Meadowhall before reaching Magna Science Adventure Park with the bus stop outside the gates. This is the Sheffield boundary. Onwards into Rotherham, the bus stops around the corner from Big Apple Play City, and outside Clifton Park Museum which has fantastic water play.
X78 to Doncaster, Operator: First
This bus passes through Meadowhall into Rotherham, see above for places to go in Rotherham. Thrybergh park is the next point of call for good pushchair friendly walks, cafe and play area. Coinsborough castle is an English heritage site
There are a lot of trains from Sheffield to all around the UK, if I was to list them all we would be here all day! Here are selected train journeys we do often with good days out. My favourite site to use for train tickets and times is the trainline.com.
Elsecar – 17 minutes away from Sheffield, near Barnsley, there is loads to do in Elsecar for all ages. Visit the Elsecar Heritage Centre, Elsecar railway for old steam trains, canal walks, Elsecar park and family pubs.
Barnsley – 25 minutes from Sheffield. At Barnsley a bus to Cawthorne can get you to Maize Maze, Cannon Hall Museum and Cannon Hall Farm. There are buses to Yorkshire Sculpture Park. In Barnsley town centre is Experience Barnsley and the Cooper Gallery. For swimming try Calpyso Cove!
Wakefield – Approx 30 mins from Sheffield. The Hepworth Wakefield gallery is 8 mins walk from Wakefield Kirkgate/Westgate stations and is a lovely free family day out. A bus ride away is Anglers Country Park where you can enjoy the free room on the broom adventure trail.
Read about our trip to the Hepworth including free toddler art activities.
Rotherham – 15 mins from Sheffield. Camelot play castle is around the corner from the station, Big Apple Play City a 10 minute walk, Clifton Park Museum is a 15 minute walk through the town centre.
Leeds – Direct trains from 40 minutes. There’s so much to do in Leeds and we go often! Get the free water taxi to royal Armouries, visit roundhay park and Tropical world and lots more. See this post for 7 must-do things in Leeds, our trip to Tropical World here, and a fun day at Leeds City Museum here.
Matlock Bath – There is a bus from Sheffield to Matlock, but it takes a while (approx1 hour and half) and then it is either a walk or another bus to Matlock Bath, so I prefer to get the train. The train requires a change at Derby to Matlock Bath, and is about the same time as the bus, but the change breaks it up and the train station when you arrive is right next to the Heights of Abraham so it’s very convenient! There is lots to do and see in Matlock and Matlock Bath.
Hathersage and Hope – Both of these train stations are great for peak district walks. There are so many walking trails in and around Hathersage and the Hope Valley. In Hathersage there is the outdoor pool, playground and lots of places to eat and drink. In Hope valley, Bamford is lovely, the travelers rest is a nice pub with big playground and beer garden, there is a garden centre. Look here for walks: Hathersage Walk, Jane Eyre Hathersage trail, Hope Valley walks.
Check out my guide on 6 countryside walks here.
Halifax – Around one hour 40 and requires a change at Leeds, so we usually make this an overnight stay and combine with Bradford. Eureka! The national children’s museum is right by Halifax train station and is amazing for kids. There is Manor Heath Park and the Jungle experience in Halifax just outside the city centre, which looks really fun.
Bradford – Close to Leeds and Halifax, so can be combined with either; Bradford is home to the National Science and Media museum which is completely free to visit. The historical village and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire is a quick train ride from Bradford and Saltaire Mill is a wonderful place. Keighley is 20 minutes away by train for a visit to Keighley & Worth valley railway.
Nottingham – We go to Nottingham often, trains from Sheffield take under an hour and there is so much to do in and around Nottinghamshire. In the city centre, there are lots of shops, cafes, bars and pretty buildings. The Kitty Cafe is a must visit where you can drink and eat with cute cats running around, up from there is Nottingham Castle which has loads to see for all ages; the Robin Hood gallery in the castle is a role play area for kids with pretend medieval kitchens and furniture, reading corner, dressing up, etc, playgrounds outside, too. Just outside of the city centre is Wollaton Hall which is free to visit and has a fantastic natural history museum, playground, deer park and Taxidermy collection. Further out towards Mansfield is Wheelgate adventure park which is a theme park for little ones and really worth the money of just £10 entry, and White post farm. Don’t forget Sherwood Forest too! These 3 are all on the Sherwood Arrow bus route which runs from Worksop to Nottingham. We usually stay overnight at a family hostel, if not a few days, to make the most out of a tripto Nottingham.
York – Similar to Nottingham, York takes under an hour to get to from Sheffield and has absolutely loads to do. York is a fabulous city, very historical, pretty and has a unique atmosphere. There is something for all ages; toddlers to grandparents. National Railway Museum is just next to the station and is free entry; it is MUST-go, wonderful museum and kids who love trains will go nuts! The play area is good too, both in and outside. The York Minster is a must-see; the largest gothic cathedral in Europe, in the city centre, along with shopping in beautiful craft and gift shops along cobble stoned, old medieval streets. The Jorvik Centre and Jorvik Dig are interesting and intereactive for kids, and the York Chocolate Story is loads of fun. Outside of York is the Web adventure park and Creepy Crawlies, Castle Howard and loads more. See all of what York has to offer here.
Manchester -Reachable just under an hour on direct trains from Sheffield, Manchsester is a big place with lots to do. Loads of shopping, eating and drinking opportunities. The star of the show in my opinion for families in Manchester the MSI Museum which is freeto visit and absolutely fantastic fror all ages of families. They have discovery bags, sensory bags, sensory garden, experiment hands on gallery, play areas, activities and a busy calendar of events. You can easily spend a whole day there. Trafford Centre is a bus ride away from the city centre and has Sealife and Legoland inside. Nearby is a huge soft play too.
The Supertram has three routes, I use the Yellow and Blue routes the most for days out and places to go. See all the routes and information, including timetables, over here.
Yellow Line: Middlewood – Meadowhall.
Middlewood is near Hillsborough, which has Hillsborough Park and library, shops, soft play centre, cafes, etc. Further down into Shalesmoor is where Kelham Island is; this industrial quarter of Sheffield is unique and a visit to the Kelham Island Museum is a must; it’s great for all ages. Read our Kelham Island museum blog and vlog here. Every month, Peddler Night Market is on at Burton Road in Kelham Island; watch our video from the last one here. The tram goes into town, stopping just before city centre at University where you can get off for a 10minute walk up to Weston Park Museum. After many stops through the city centre, alight at Cricket Inn Road for Victoria Quays; read my blog on our canal stroll here, and Megakidz play centre. he tram then goes on towards Centertainment with bowling, arcades, cinema, food., etc and onto Meadowhall.
Blue Line: Malin Bridge – Halfway
Malin Bridge in Hillsborough is the last stop towards that side of the route, and is where you can take a short walk to Rivelin Valley park. There is a cafe, playgrounds, nature trail and water play. The tram stops in Hillsborough (see above for places to go) and same route as the Yellow into city centre. Granville Road is one stop after Sheffield Train Station where there is then a quick walk up to Norfolk Heritage Park. The tram goes onwards towards Halfway, passing Spring Lane just off City Road for Manor Park (and part of the Norfolk Heritage trail, just over the hill is Manor Lodge). Towards the end of the line is Crystal Peaks; a shopping centre and library, Westfield for Rother Valley park with water sports, walking, playgrounds and cafe, and Runarout play centre.
Phew! I really hope this was helpful. I am going to be referring back to this guide myself for many years to come- I will try and keep this updated if any routes change service, but please do check before you travel. There is nothing more disappointing than planning your journey but to find out you can’t get there! Trust me, this has happened to us many times and is sooo frustrating! In terms of help with saving money on public transport, please check this blog on 9 money saving tips.
Whether you use public transport or not, I hope this was useful to you and inspired you to get out and about. There is a fantastic public transport system in Sheffield and we are very lucky to have so many places to go right at our finger tips.
Please let me know if you would like anymore advice, I would be more than happy to try and help!
Thank you for reading.