Sheffield, S2 5SY
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.
Guided walk with habitats or pollution focus
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 and a small indoor space for booked visits.
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!