Sheffield Manor Lodge is a local unique attraction and one full of history. We had a lovely and very easy day out here recently. It was good value for money, too, and included an historical family friendly turret house tour.
Sheffield Manor Lodge is open every Sunday April to September. There is also Mr Barnes’ Farm and 1940s Cottage open June-September on selected dates. On the day we visited it was a usual Sunday and very quiet!
On the Sundays the lodge is open, there is the option of paying for a turret house tour. It’s included in entry, so £5 for tour or £3 without tour. The tours run 11:30am, 1pm and 2:30pm. We thought an extra £2 for the tour wasn’t bad at all and Eric had been asking about what was inside the turret house on previous event days at manor lodge when it wasn’t open. He was very curious!
During school holidays, manor lodge is open Monday to Thursday with special themed craft days, plus the grounds are open including the sandpit, maze and outdoor games. This makes a nice little day out and if you take a picnic on a nice day you could easily spend the afternoon there. Check their events page.
The grounds are manor lodge are huge and there’s a good sandpit, lavender Maze, wildflower meadows and lots of space for running around, picnics and games. We played with some outdoor games on the lawn.
In addition, Sheffield Manor Lodge is surrounded by open green space and parkland. Just outside the discovery centre, there’s a few sculptures to play on and outdoor play equipment including a slide. A short walk goes down to the farm and rhubard shed cafe. It’s just a nice place to spend a few hours outdoors.
Eric specifically likes the sandpit, it’s great with lots of sand toys and it’s enclosed with the ruined wall surrounding it. A little green space behind the sandpit makes a good spot for a picnic.
The tour was led by friendly dressed up staff who really made an effort with Eric. We chose the family trail instead of the guided tour. It was still a guided tour inside the turret house, but more specifically aimed at younger children, suitable more for little ones who get restless quick! Eric loved seeing inside the house and answering the questions he was asked. They really made an effort to include the children on the tour.
The turret house was built by the Earl of Shrewsbury’s and lived in by Bess of Hardwick. At the end of the tour we were taken to meet Bess of Hardwick who told us stories and there was dressing up for the kids.
To say Eric isn’t really at the age of completely understanding the historical side of things, he didn’t get bored too quickly and honestly we all enjoyed it. I loved seeing inside the turret house and listening to the stories on the guided tour. Going room to room was so interesting and gave us things to talk about afterwards.
The tour wasn’t too long and the tour guides soon picked up if the kids were getting bored, moving us onto to another room. Afterwards we played more outside… hide and seek is a good one to play around the ruins as theres lots of fun little holes to hide in!
We did their Easter egg hunt back in April and really enjoyed that, too. It was good value for money and something I’d do again!
Sheffield Manor Lodge is a good day out if you want something simple, easy and history related. We spent around 4 hours there with the tour, playing outside, sandpit and that was without any crafts going on that day. And that’s not counting playing outside around the lodge on the slide, etc., too. There’s plenty to be getting on with but I do recommend playing your own games and taking a picnic to make it last longer. On their event days there’s lots more entertainment going on.
It’s a lovely place and very historical, great for all ages.
Nearby there’s Norfolk Heritage Park, Cholera Monument & Woods, plus the city centre isn’t far. The walk over from the manor lodge to manor park is part of the Norfolk heritage trail. The park has a playground and a sandpit. Lots of options for combining it with something else if you wanted to.
If you have friends or family visiting you in Sheffield then a visit here is a must and I’m sure they’d love it!
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