Victoria Quays - Sheffield

Sheffield, S2 5SY

Victoria Quays Sheffield & Tinsley Canal Victoria Quays Sheffield & Tinsley Canal

Victoria Quays is a large canal basin in Sheffield City Centre, close to the train station. It was built between 1816-1819 to bring the new Sheffield Canal into the city and was used as a cargo port right up until 1970. After falling into disrepair the warehouses and terrace of coal merchant’s offices have been restored and redeveloped and now house cafes, bars, offices and a hotel as well as hosting an annual Waterfront Festival. It is a great place to investigate local history and is a brilliant example of how a place can change and adapt over the years.


KS1 & KS2 Local history workshops incorporate our hands on ‘build a canal’ session to help pupils understand what a canal is, how it was made and the big difference it made to the local area.

Water safety

Guided walk with habitats or pollution focus

Don't forget a boat trip!

Boat trips may also be possible in conjunction with a local company that offers a special discounted rate for schools. Please enquire about this when booking.


We offer free preliminary visits and our website features downloadable trails/activities suitable for pre-visit planning or follow-up work.

On-site facilities include picnic tables.

There is no parking on site but we are close to the train station and a tram stop and there is space for coaches to drop off.  


Visits to Victoria Quays are FREE!