389 Manor Lane, S2 1UL
0114 276 2828
Open weekends mid-March to mid-November. Check website for details & prices.Visit site
A mere hop, skip and jump away from the city centre, Manor Lodge is one of Sheffield’s most incongruous buildings: a Tudor ruin, sitting next to a 20th-century residential estate. Built around 1516, the hunting lodge was once at the heart of a huge deer park and is best known as the place which imprisoned Mary Queen of Scots in picturesque captivity in the 1570s and 80s. A lot has changed since Tudor times and these days, the 14-hectare site is home to a fun-packed and developing landscape that tells various stories of Sheffield.
Explore the ruins, take a tour, meet characters from the past and learn all about the site’s history at the discovery centre. The ruins, along with the still intact turret house and the discovery centre, open on the third weekend of the month from mid-March to mid-November, while the ruins and discovery centre also open on Fridays and during school holidays.
Travel back to wartime in the 1940s Manor Cottages (check website for open days), where you can dress up and join a local family to hear about life on the farm during the war. Once you’ve had your fill of history, have a play in the giant sandpit and lavender labyrinth and move on to Manor Oaks Farm (open every day) to pet the animals. Say hi to donkeys Rosie and Lily, pygmy goats Daisy and Doris, and rabbits Betsy and Barney. Refuel at the delightful Rhubarb Shed Cafe, before following the trails through the beautiful wildflower Pictorial Meadows.
Check Manor Lodge's events calendar for school holiday activities, monthly Monday evening history lectures, bistro nights at the Rhubarb Shed, and much more. And be sure to come back for Open Studios weekend at the on-site Yorkshire Artspace Manor Oaks in November, when you can have a good old nosey around artists’ workplaces.
If you’re feeling intrepid after all that, set out from here on the Norfolk Heritage Trail, which winds downhill into the city centre via Norfolk Heritage Park, the Cholera Monument, Park Hill and Sheffield Cathedral – through centuries' worth of Sheffield history.
2017 open weekends at the turret house, discovery centre and Tudor ruins: