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“All the more interesting for the lack of glass cases”

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet
Ranked #22 of 170 things to do in Sheffield
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Visitors discover the method of producing steel and how workers and their families lived their lives in Abbeydale, a small village that has been involved in metal-working for centuries.
Reviewed April 7, 2013

I've been to the industrial hamlet a few times now, and I really love it, primarily because there are remarkably few cordons or fences stopping visitors from touching and interacting with all the industrial remnants. It's wonderful to see how complex the systems in place were, and to wander around it at your own pace without being overloaded with information and signs. There are, however, some nice activities for children (and adults), and on weekends in the Summer, there are lots more activities run by people in period fancy dress.

The whole place is extremely photogenic, and I don't see how people can be down on it when it's a free museum, staffed by extremely helpful people, and with a lovely shop and cafe. Perhaps they can donate to get the (formerly operational) Victorian engine repaired so that they do get to see some of the wheels working - it will be excellent when it's back on form.

This is a great place to spend a couple of hours, and it's all the better for the lack of museumification.

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Reviewed March 19, 2013

Check out their website and also the Sheffield whats on guide as when the Hamlet has open workshops or it is fully working it is great for history and photographic opportunities.

Top tip is make sure there is something happening when you go and have a great day.
There's parks nearby so take a picnic for your lunch break too!

Thank eliteviewer
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Reviewed March 12, 2013

If you want some place for a quick but of history I recommend the industrial hamlet, if you are going on your own and not having the guided tour it isn't an awful lot to see, the managers house was interesting but the rest is basically some old buildings.It is good for a little detour and they have a little cafe as well.

Thank crissybug
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

Having lived in Sheffield for a few years, this was on my "to do" list. It is a very basic "museum"; a snapshot of industrial life in the 19th Century, but it is a fascinating visit if you have any interest in the manual way things were done 150 years ago.
Looking at the ingenuity of Victorian engineering as well as the sheer graft of the manual workers who used it truly makes you stop and think. Have a look at the Tilt Hammer then wonder what it sounded like at full bore.
This is a charming place to visit, especially on a sunny day since there is a bit of walking between exhibits; not far, but wet in the rain! Interesting to see the Master's Cottage with the books and ledgers. Rather basic compared with some places (but I like that) although it has a shop, a cafe and lavatories, so there is not much else to wish for.

Thank Bob C
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

A great museum with lots to do and see. It's just like going back in time to the good old days! It's easy to get to and has exhibitions from time to time.

Thank John W
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