Rotherham is surrounded by attractive countryside, contemporary leisure facilities and extensive retail outlets. The town has excellent road and rail links, and easy access to several airports.
The Rotherham borough has a population of approximately 270,000 and covers approximately 100 square miles. Traditional heavy industries have been replaced by hi-tech industries and a thriving service sector. One legacy of the town’s industrial heritage is that the borough is made up of many villages (some very small and picturesque) separated by farm and common land.
Rotherham has a number of very pleasant suburbs and the hospital itself is located in attractive leafy urban surroundings approximately two miles from the award-winning town centre. Housing in the Rotherham area is competitively priced and offers a wide range of choice, including urban and rural locations.
Within Rotherham, there are three country parks, an English Heritage Site and the nationally acclaimed Magna Science Adventure Centre, which draws on Rotherham’s industrial past to provide a spectacular and educational experience. A Gulliver’s Valley Theme
Park is located within Rother Valley Country Park (www.gulliversvalleyresort.co.uk/). The historic Wentworth Woodhouse (www.wentworthwoodhouse.org.uk/), with its spectacular monuments, beautiful parkland and 365 rooms is also situated within the borough.
There are several high-performing state schools in Rotherham (www.rotherham.gov.uk/schools-schooling). Coaches also run from Rotherham to excellent private schools in Sheffield.
Sheffield is only six miles away with a fast dual carriageway road link. With its universities, medical and dental schools, the city is now a major national centre for entertainment, leisure, sport and shopping. There are two theatres and the Utilita Arena (www.utilitaarenasheffield.co.uk/), which stages major entertainment and sporting events, is only three miles outside Rotherham town centre.
There are superb international standard sporting facilities in the area following Sheffield hosting the World Student Games, including the Ponds Forge Swimming and Leisure Complex. As well as the usual city and local modern shopping complexes, the Meadowhall Shopping Centre, midway between Rotherham and Sheffield, is one of the largest and most up-to-date shopping arenas in Europe, attracting some 30 million visitors each year. Rotherham is central to a wide and varied range of recreational, leisure and cultural activities.
There is ready access to the Peak District National Park, the Pennines, Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire Moors, coastal resorts and many historic cities. Numerous stately homes such as Chatsworth, Haddon and Hardwick Hall, Harewood House, Belvoir Castle and Castle Howard, which hold their own programme of events, are all within easy travelling distance.
On the sporting scene, Rotherham and surrounding areas offer football, rugby union, cricket, golf, ice hockey, fishing, ten-pin bowling and other sports to watch or take part in. The three country parks in Rotherham – Rother Valley, Thrybergh and Ulley – offer water sports such as sailing, scuba and windsurfing, as well as many land-based activities.
Rotherham is the home to the world’s renowned ‘Advanced Manufacturing Park’.