Big days out, family attractions… they’re always fun. But sometimes, it’s nice to get back to basics and enjoy the little things… such as visiting local hidden gems, walks in the park, and maybe even a stroll by the canal. Known as Sheffield Canal Basin, Victoria Quays, a stones throw away from Sheffield city centre, is one of those hidden gems. Here you can watch canal boats, see some ducks, take a walk along along the water and visit the Emmaus second hand superstore. Kids will love to see the boats, the animals and wander around the charity shop. If the weathers nice, why not stop for a picnic?
There might not be a lot to do, but it’s enough to enjoy an hour or two with a toddler who loves boats. There are even goats at Emmaus charity shop, and Eric loves to dress up.
Emmaus secondhand superstore is just off the Canal basin on the next street; Cadman street. So much bric-a-brac, books, toys, furniture…and animals!
Sheffield Canal Basin dates back to 1814. It is situated behind Sheffield Parkway and Hilton Hotel and within easy reach of bus, train and tram, the canal is easily accessible. The basin and Emmaus secondhand superstore are both free to visit.
The canal is 2 miles long which runs upto Don Valley to join up with Meadowhall. It’s a little oasis tucked away which feels a million miles away from the city but easy to get to from the city centre. It is quiet, relaxing and clean. You can take a short walk along the canal or pop for a quick visit when in the area. On foot, the easiest way to access Victoria quays is via park square round about, or from castle gate, a map is here.
Do you have a local hidden gem near you? Where is it? Share down below in the comments!
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