Lying to the east of the Pennines, the landlocked county of South Yorkshire is among the most naturally beautiful in England. While many holidaymakers flock to this pretty county to sample the great outdoors, there's plenty more to see and do inside in this part of the United Kingdom too.
South Yorkshire's main city, Sheffield, is home to one of the country's biggest shopping centres. Meadowhall Shopping Centre is just three miles outside the city centre and provides ample opportunity for some serious retail therapy and entertainment. With great transport links, the shopping centre is easily reached from all of Sheffield's superb hotels and guesthouses.
Meadowhall Shopping Centre
Meadowhall Shopping Centre is the largest of its kind in Yorkshire, and the 8th largest in the whole of the UK. Just three miles from Sheffield and two from Rotherham, the complex is easy to visit for the day.
Since opening in 1990, Meadowhall has attracted huge numbers of retailers. Today, visitors can browse close to 300 shops, spread across two floors. And with some 12,000 parking spaces, finding room to leave the car shouldn't be too tricky.
Entertainment at Meadowhall
Meadowhall isn't all about the shopping, there's also plenty to keep visitors entertained.
When the time comes to refuel, shoppers can seek refuge in the colossal Oasis Dining Quarter. The food court is home to all the major names in fast food, as well as a handful of healthy alternatives.
Also included in the shopping centre is a huge 11-screen multiplex cinema, showing all the latest films.
Hotels Around Meadowhall
Well connected to nearby Rotherham and Sheffield, Meadowhall spoils visitors for choice when it comes to accommodation.
For real convenience, there's a Travelodge just across the road from the shopping centre. In addition to affordable rates, guests can expect a welcoming bar and café. There's also free WiFi, which is great for planning excursions.
Rotherham is home to some pleasant guesthouses. Fernlea Hotel offers a central location, pool table and childcare service, giving mum and dad some time to themselves.
If you prefer to stay in Sheffield, you can take your pick from a number of well-known hotel brands that occupy great spots in the city centre.