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Catch a unique glimpse of life and home and at work at a scythe and steelworks dating back to the 18th century.
Abbeydale Works was once a producer of agricultural tools and the largest water-powered industrial site on the River Sheaf. It is now a group of Grade I and II* listed buildings and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
See the Manager's House and Worker's Cottage, waterwheels, workshops, tilt hammers, a grinding hull and the last complete surviving crucible furnace in the UK!
See a working waterwheel in action every Wednesday!
Following restoration the site is now complete with Learning Centre and Cafe, craft workshops and hands-on displays revealing 'All About Abbeydale'.
Find us at...
- Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet
- Abbeydale Road South
- S7 2QW
Our family-friendly offer
Children under 16 go FREE!
Families can follow Mouse and Tyzack the Elephant around the Hamlet. The Works is an interactive area for families and all ages and abilities to enjoy discovering more about the history of the site.
School Holiday Activities
Families can enjoy a range of activities throughout the school holidays, including Easter Egg hunts, Make Your Own Wednesdays in summer, Halloween Spooky Songs and Storytelling. See our website for upcoming events!
Abbeydale Explorer App
A fun, free and accessible multimedia guide to the Hamlet with videos, maps and trails. It can be downloaded before your visit or whilst you are on site using our free WiFi or you can borrow a mobile device from Admissions.
There are 2 marked blue badge wheelchair accessible parking bays at the museum alongside 2 for families with young children. Car parking is free.
There is 1 accessible toilet on site with baby changing facilities.
There are automatic doors to the Learning Centre. The heritage site is partly accessible.
We have installed a fixed static tactile map to help visitors with visual impairments to find their way around the site.
As part of an ongoing commitment to the needs of people with a range of sensory impairments, Museum staff have received Deaf Awareness training from Action on Hearing Loss and introductory training in British Sign Language to help in the communication with profoundly deaf people.
Staff working with children and young people have also been trained in MAKATON communication techniques. We also work with Sheffield-based Autism Plus to consider the learning and sensory needs of visitors with Autism and learning disabilities.
Please see http://www.simt.co.uk/accessibility