“ Rotherham is a town in South Yorkshire, England, built upon the River Don near the confluence of the Don and the Rother. It lies in the Don Valley between Sheffield and Doncaster. Its geographic coordinates are 53°26′N 1°21′W. The town is six miles from Sheffield city centre. It is the main town in the Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham, which has the safest Labour council in the country. The population of the borough of Rotherham is 248,175, and that of the Rotherham urban sub-area 117,262. „
I will not write a review based on the history of the town; I base my review purely on my experience of having lived here for 18 years of my life and trust me this is an experience I don't wish to repeat in a hurry. The shops in the town centre were once average to poor. These days the highlight of the shopping experience is Primark (which actually is suprisingly big for a town of this size). There are few chain clothes stores and the independent stores are not the unique little boutiques you find in some towns. Instead they are bargain basement stores filled with much of the same junk and do not make for an enjoyable shopping experience. I have begun to look back over my nights out in Rotherham quite fondly - I used to visit the same four or five bars every weekend(always FUBAR) without fail but rarely ended up in a club. There are a number of dance bars around the Westgate area but only a couple of bigger nightclubs - Liquid and Blue Bamboo. I would not rate either of these clubs as worth the entry fee (which I could not tell you exactly but I seem to remember it being rather extortionate). The residential areas are varied - the quality of life in some areas is poor and I do not feel comfortable walking in such areas - the teenagers are very vocal in such parts! Some of the nicer areas (Whiston, Wickersley etc) are pleasant with larger houses and some green areas. I have now moved to pastures new, and whilst I do have rare fond memories of the time I spent living here, I have no desire to return!
Rotherham is currently enjoying one of the most sustained periods of growth in recent times with over 50 new shops. So what is it about Rotherham that's creating such an interest? Well I'm here to tell you that Rotherham is a really good town, not just for shopping but the whole caboodle. How to get to Rotherham? Rotherham is centrally located on the M1, A1 and M18, providing access by road and rail links. You can access Rotherham by departing the M1 by Junction 32,33.34 and following the signs for Rotherham. From the A1 you can get to Rotherham via Junction 36, the turn off for Doncaster. As you come off the motorway, you just turn left and this road takes you straight through to Rotherham. The M18 starts from Junction 32 on the M1 and goes and goes upto the M62 and the M180. To get to Rotherham on the M18 just take Junction 2 and again follow the sign posts to Rotherham town centre. Where do I stay when I get there? Well I suppose it all depends on what you are here for, how long you are staying and what's your budget. If you are staying more than a day or are planing to stay over night there are some lovely hotels about. As I live in Swinton, a lovely town on the outskirts, I haven't really much call for Hotels or B & Bs but if you check this web page out its got some really useful information. Its run by the Rotherham tourist information board and uses a star rating. It also tells you about camping and camp sites too, so you have somewhere to park your caravan if you like that sort of holiday. http://www.rotherham.gov.uk/pages/tourism/accommod/intro.htm What is there to see in Rotherham? What isn't there to see in Rotherham! Its got virtually everything within Rotherham. Its got a great town centre for all your shopping needs as well as Park gate, a retail park. Some good supermarkets to do your food shopping and many places to see. Town Centre You can access the town centr e is accessible by car, bus and train. By car you can park in the multi storey car park and interchange. The multi storey car park is over 2000 spaces and on 5 floors. There is family parking and disabled parking both near the lifts. As you go in you get a ticket and then you pay for how ever long you are there for. Instead of paying for how long you think you are gonna be, you pay when you leave and its quite reasonability priced too. The first hour of your stay is free ( 20p after 20th May), then for 2 hrs is 70p, 3 hrs is £1.00, 4 hrs is £1.60. The car park is open from 5 am till midnight, 7 days a week. When you come through on a train whether from Sheffield( from the south) or Doncaster( from the north),the station is just 2 mins walk away from the station and leads straight into the centre. Even if you decide to visit Rotherham on the bus, they take you straight into the Interchange, where you just walk through and out into the centre. When you park and go through to the town centre the first thing you will notice is the small precinct. This small area contains a few shops including a newsagents, a cardshop, a coffeeshop and a few others. Within the precinct are a few amenities too. Toilets, a baby changing room and 2 wall cash machines, which are LINK. When you come out of the precinct you are spoilt for choice in shops. There is so much in Rotherham but I shall just name a few shops in a variety of headings based on what they sell. PHOTOGRAPHIC Klicks photopoint Max speilmann Super snaps FOOD American Fried Chicken Cafe Rendezous Oasis Takeaways Mac Donalds Burger King Popeyes Tasty bite cafe CHEMISTS AND OPTICIANS Boots Clifford Perry opticians Dolland & Altchison Jets specs Lloyds chemists Specsavers Superdrugs Vantage chemists Vision Express CLOTHING & FOOTWEAR Adams childrenswear Burtons menswear Claires Ass essories Dorithy Perkins Evans Bay Trading Mark one clothing What Everyone Wants Primark DEPARTMENT STORES Marks and Spencers Woolworths BANKS Abby National Alliance and Leicester Barclays Bank Halifax Natwest There is also a host of Solicitors, Estate Agents, Charity shops and House and Garden places. In the Market place they have open markets open all week at the bottom selling a range of products from cards, ornaments, to clothes shoes and food. In the upper level there is a different market each day. On Monday and Wednesday are stall holders who sell clothes. Tuesday and Fridays are second hand sellers who sell toys, clothes, Music and other niknaks. The Rotherham college of Arts and Technology is just outside from these markets and in easy access to the town. This college offers a variety of full time and part time courses from Computing to Arts, Beauty Therapy, A-Levels and retakes. NIGHT LIFE If you are staying in Rotherham for a few days, check out the night life. The centre is packed tight full of really good pubs. New York New York, Millennium are a few of many. Most do special offer on drinks on certain days at certain times. The best night to goto Rotherham is either a Fri., Sat or Monday night. All three of these nights are busy, and a really good laugh. The Zone/5th Avenue is a really good night-club which is open to the public on Mon., Fri., Sat. from 10 till 2 pm. If you come out from clubbing and feel hungry there are plenty of places to eat. Check out Popeyes, they do the BEST kababs and Pizza around. After all the Foot and Mouth Crisis there are a few places still open to the public. Thrybergh County park is a beautiful lake to walk around on a nice sunny day. It workes out to be about 5 miles in circumference and takes about 1 hr to walk around. There is lots to see and many places in which you can go and sit and relax. For those who have children, the paths are wide so you can keep your children away from the lake side of the path. Its is also assessable for wheelchairs and pushchairs too. Just remember to take some bread for the ducks and the swans. To get more information on what's open in the countryside in Rotherham direct you browser to http://www.rotherham.gov.uk/pages/tourism/fmdtourism.htm PARKGATE Parkgate is a reasonable size shopping complex which contains many shops and facilities. Most a big sized shops like Comet Staples Mothercare Homeless Curries Super drug Pound land Morris's I frequently visit Park gate to goto Mothercare world or just to have a look about. Its all outside but has canopies to keep you dry if the weather lets you done. Car park spacing is brilliant and FREE! Well there you have a bit about Rotherham. I have been up here for three years now after moving up from Medway in Kent. I really like the hustle and bustle of the town and Rotherham is very centralised. Its 20 minutes to get to Sheffield and Doncaster, 30 mins to Leeds, Halifax and Huddersfield. I have the best of both worlds. Close to the countryside, where we live its nice a quiet and the closeness of the cities, which I can go to by car, train or bus. So next time you see Rotherham sign posted on M1, make a point of popping to see this town. It makes a good alternative to Meadowhall any day. If you want to see more take a look at, www.rotherham.gov.org
I've visited Rotherham many times over the years as I lived in a village on the outskirts, between Rotherham and Doncaster. It is only a small market town which has changed over the years. It is a metropolitan borough council in South Yorkshire, and is in the heart of an industrialized area based mainly on coal, iron and steel works. But the town centre itself is away from all that, has been recently pedestrianised and rejuvinated to make it quite appealing. The church in the town centre is a focal point of the town, as is Clifton Park, again set in the centre and including tennis courts and Clifton Park Museum. There is a shopping arcade adn market, and a theatre, Rotherham Civic. Parking is ample, though you have to pay for it. There are a range of clubs, bowling, pubs and bars and a good range of restaurants all in short walking distance of the town centre, the large bus station and rail station with connections to Sheffield and Doncaster. On teh outskirts is Parkgate, a large shopping centre. Surrounding Rotehrham is a lot of open countryside which allows people to get away, including Rother Valley Country Park.
The Tourist Board visitor’s guide; Rotherham is a sprawling, vibrant industrial town in South Yorkshire with a population of over a quarter of a million people. During your visit to this diverse town of many cultures, you’ll find a variety of attractions that all the family can experience and enjoy. Surrounded by factories and sewerage works, you’ll find out first-hand just how us primitive, medieval folk live our lives as we go about our daily duties. Indeed, you could take a stroll around the filth-ridden market place and savour the stench of raw fish at your own leisure. Here, not only will you find cheap produce, most of which is unfit for dogs, you’ll also be able to meet and greet some of the friendly local townspeople and quickly learn how to pick up your own teeth with a broken arm. Afterwards, why not treat yourself to a wonder into the town centre itself! Here, we have a wide range of charity shops and discount stores, many of which feature (spray) painted outside walls and doors – all conveniently set out for your complete shopping enjoyment. Don’t forget to pack your bucket and spade as the fun is only just beginning! Yes, that’s right, adjacent to the town centre itself you’ll find Europe’s only major inland sea. Rotherham’s ‘Sea of Litter’ is the ideal spot for a mid afternoon break – you could even go for a swim! Warning: the Sea is rumoured to be infested with syringes and newspaper sellers, so please be careful when bathing. While enjoying your time at the seaside if you look over the litter towards your right, past the tramp, you’ll see the infamous ‘Rotherham Lights’. Rumour has it that this flickering effect is generated by the lights being turned on during the opening of one shop and the simultaneous ‘blackout’ during the closing down of two other adjac ent shops. Incredible! Alternatively, if the seaside isn’t your cup of tea, you could always plough through the masses of idle, work-shy fools and make your way up to the treasured Job Centre – the towns largest building (over three storeys high!) It’s here that you’ll find the ideal personnel solution to none of your company’s needs. Just look at the awe inspiring range of skills and experience that’s on offer. You’ll find everything to suit your needs, including; * Professional Thieves * Muggers (and Pickpockets) * Arsonists * Drug Dealers * Rapists Every one of these valued individuals will lend you a helping hand without the need to even ask. In the evening you’ll want to unwind and, as the town features a myriad of run-down pubs and restaurants, you’ll be spoilt for choice. At this stage it is worth pointing out that many pubs offer ‘happy hour’ discounts where, not only can you buy a drink, you’ll also get a drunken pub-brawl thrown in for free - bargain! Most pubs also boast a direct line to the casualty department – always your safety in mind! Should you fancy a bite to eat then you’ll find a whole wealth of curry houses and kebab takeaways, each one freshly stocked with local market produce and a couple of stomach pumps. At the end of your day you’ll be very tired (and bruised) so you’ll need a place to stay for the night. Here, we recommend the superb (five-star) ‘Rawmarsh Boarding Kennels’ where you’ll be regularly fed, watered and combed. As you can see, Rotherham is the ideal place to visit for that well deserved weekend break. Make sure it’s not you that’s missing out and travel there today! Please! For the love of god!