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Rotherham - the area

The Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham is so much more than its industrial heritage at the heart of the UK's coal and steel industries. Home to over 250,000 people and situated in South Yorkshire, the Borough comprises the minster town of Rotherham itself and a further 100 square miles of smaller towns, attractive villages and rolling countryside.

Homes and quality of life

Rotherham is a largely green borough – 70% rural with three country parks, woodlands, rivers and waterways and is within a stone's throw of the Peak District; ideal walking country.

Rotherham has the benefit of a wide choice of housing within the boundary of the town itself with pleasant areas like Wickersley, Whiston, and Todwick and lovely villages like Brampton-en-le-Morthern, Harthill, and Braithwell. House prices in the borough are among the most attractive in the UK, with town and country homes ranging from large detached houses to picturesque cottages, modern estates and apartments to Victorian and Edwardian properties.

The quality of life in Rotherham is good, and the cost of living is significantly less than the UK average. The town is also one of the safest places in Yorkshire to live and work.


Residents from neighbouring authorities cross the border to come into Rotherham for their children's schooling.

Rotherham has 16 secondary schools, with 87% rated good or outstanding; 14% above the national average. The overall A-level pass rate is 99.5%, 1.4% above the national average. Rotherham is also consistently above the national average for its GCSE results.

Rotherham's Early Years performance consistently exceeds the national average, whilst more than three-quarters of primary schools are judged to be good or better, with 52 out of 84 primary schools above the national average at Level 4+ reading, writing and maths combined.

Rotherham is home to two general Further Education colleges and a Sixth Form college and plans are in place for a Higher Education centre. The town is a short drive from Sheffield's two highly acclaimed universities, providing high-calibre graduates from their student population of 40,000-plus, and in close proximity to the major universities of Nottingham, Manchester, Leeds, Lincoln, Derby, Hull, Huddersfield, and Bradford.

The Yorkshire & Humber region's 10 universities produce more than 10% of the UK's graduates each year, with 40% qualifying in scientific, electronic and computer science related subjects. The region supplies 25% of all electronics graduates in the UK.

Business and investment

Rotherham has transformed itself over the last decade and is playing a major role in the forefront of Yorkshire's resurgence, building a new future with exciting new jobs and investment.

The Borough's Growth Plan, set to be signed off next month, is the economic plan to help deliver 10,000 new private sector jobs in Rotherham over the next ten years. The Council is focused on leading the strategic direction of Rotherham's economy, supported by the Rotherham Business Growth Board and working closely with the business community and being a key player in the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Rotherham is determinedly building on its industrial heritage to build and harness manufacturing expertise for the future. The Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP), off the M1, is a joint venture between public and private sector organisations and an internationally recognised centre for advanced engineering, innovation, research and manufacturing excellence. The 100-acre site is home to both world-class research and manufacturing organisations, such as Boeing and Rolls Royce and smaller, emerging companies developing the next generations of cutting-edge technology.

Outside of the AMP, over 100 overseas companies have already invested in Rotherham. They, and local companies, operate across a wide range of sectors, including aerospace, food production, healthcare, automotive components, ICT and other hi-tech industries.

Gulliver's family Theme Parks also has plans to build a £37m tourist attraction in the borough; the 12-year project will include a theme park, adventure centre, glamping, 300 woodland lodges and 100-bedroom hotel.


Rotherham and its surrounding area are bustling with cultural and leisure activities. Many of the Borough's attractions are associated with the history of the region, as well as drawing on the incredible landscapes of this beautiful part of the country. Visitors to Rotherham will find plenty to do.

A whistlestop tour of the Borough could take in:

  • Clifton Park Museum, park and splash park. Twice nominated for museum of the year, Clifton Park harnesses the latest technology to bring to life the history and heritage of Rotherham.
  • Boston Castle and Gardens. Recently restored, this grade II listed building, set in beautiful gardens, is an ideal setting for a family picnic.
  • The Magna Science Adventure Centre. Set in the old Templeborough Steelworks, this is the UK's first such centre, bringing science to life for children of all ages.
  • Wentworth Woodhouse. Newly open to the public, Wentworth Woodhouse is the largest privately owned house in Europe and combines both baroque and palladian architecture.
  • Wentworth Garden Centre. Much more than just a garden centre. Situated in sixteen acres of historic walled and landscaped gardens, it is arguably the largest and most attractive centre in Yorkshire and the North Midlands.
  • Gallery Town. The UK's largest open air gallery in a town comprising over 100 art installations in 60 town centre locations.
  • Three beautiful country parks. Including Rother Valley, Yorkshire's Premier watersport and outdoor activities centre, covering 750 acres, and home to the Sheffield Cable Water Ski Centre.
  • Roche Abbey. Founded by Cistercian monks and built in 1147 by Richard de Busli, who owned the estates at nearby Tickhill, from the time of the Norman conquest, and Richard FitzTurgis. Capability Brown was responsible for landscaping the grounds in 1774.
  • Shopping. Rotherham town centre is a bustling and vibrant place to shop with over 400 businesses including a mixture of high street favourites, small independent retailers, cafes and restaurants, as well as a programme of lively indoor and outdoor markets.
  • Mary Portas, the Queen of Shops, as part of the Portas Pilot scheme commented, "Some of the retailers I thought, honestly, were better than some in the heart of London, which I found astounding."
  • Leisure – Maltby Leisure centre recently won the top prize for leisure centres in a national competition, with its operator Places and People winning the prize for best operator.
  • The fantastic state of the art New York football stadium is the home of Rotherham United, a real community club with great links to training and young people.

What people say about the Borough

As part of the fresh start at Rotherham Council, staff have been engaging with communities and colleagues to find out what they love about the Borough.

"We have some wonderful countryside, it really is a beautiful borough."

"We have good transport links and decent schools and colleges."

"Our family enjoy visiting the country parks in Rotherham, even though we live in Sheffield."

"The Advanced Manufacturing Park is the envy of the North."

"We have a good shopping offer, in the High Street and in the Parkgate Shopping Park."


Rotherham is extremely easy to access via road, rail and air. Both the M1 and M18 pass through the borough and the A1(M) is a short distance away. Aside from the motorway network, frequent trains connect to Sheffield, Manchester, Leeds and York as well as many other towns and suburbs in South Yorkshire.

Four international airports within 90 minutes give access to 46 European cities and in less than three hours.

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