Clifton Park is a relatively large public park in the heart of the city of Rotherham in South Yorkshire and there’s more to do there than your average park.
Clifton Park Rotherham Things To Do Review
Clifton Park has two car parks. The main one is accessed via Doncaster Road (S65 2BH). This car park is closer to the play areas. There is a second car park at the museum. We thought the Doncaster Road parking would be the bigger of the two but I don’t think there is much to it.
They did close off access to the main car park once it was full and directed people to the museum car park. Don’t worry if you have to park there and only want to visit the play areas as it’s just a 5-minute walk through the park. Both car parks are pay and display (see below) and you can use the Ring Go app or pay by coins or card. Parking is relatively expensive. There are buses that stop near the park.
We visited on a hot sunny day and although the park was busy it wasn’t overly busy. I was expecting it to be a lot busier than it was. I didn’t manage to take as many photos as I’d hoped but I will certainly describe as much about the park as I can. We arrived at around 10 am and parked just fine. There is a small play area next to the car park, then a sand play area a little further on. There was a kiosk selling icecreams and drinks, another selling drinks, snacks, sausages and burgers plus an ice cream van later on in the day.
On from here is the crazy golf, toilets, rides and splash park. The rides weren’t due to open until 11 am so we decided to have a round of crazy golf. This was really good fun and they were going to great lengths to keep everyone safe.
The course was clean, tidy of debris and one of the best we’ve ever played. They have a few water hazards which we all managed to go in but they have nets for fishing your ball back out again. There are 18 holes and a family ticket costs £14. Or an adult is £4.50 and a child £3. It wasn’t overly busy and remained relatively quiet for most of the day.
There is a huge splash park near here that is open in the warmer months. By the time we’d finished the crazy golf, the queue to purchase a card for the rides was quite big so we decided to go for a walk to the museum.
The park’s only cafe is at the museum. It is small with limited seating but most people had brought a picnic so it wasn’t busy. There is also a small walled garden near here that you can look around for free plus there are some tennis courts.
After lunch, we had a walk around the museum. It is free to visit and there are some interesting exhibits. Some have buttons for the kids to press and the final room about Rotherham long ago was the most interesting of everything there.
We headed back to the play areas via the rockery garden which is a nice area with a stream running through it. It could currently do with a bit of a tidy up but it was a nice area all the same.
We then joined the queue for purchasing a card for the rides. Before you enter you queue up to purchase a card that you put points on for the rides. I bought a £12 card that gave us 14 points with most rides being just 1 point.
The largest ride, a fast runaway train type ride, was 1.5 points. My son was a bit hot and bothered after four rides but we didn’t lose our money as you can put the card in a machine before you leave and redeem your money (I got £8 back). You can also choose to keep your card for a return visit.
There is a large play structure with a big metal tube slide near the rides but this was closed for maintenance. There is a smaller slide and zip wire that is open in this area.
They often have a land train that runs between the play area and the museum but this wasn’t running during our visit. All in all, it was a nice day out and made a change, even my Mum said she enjoyed it and liked visiting somewhere that wasn’t just an attraction. We would certainly return when the splash park is open.
Clifton Park Rotherham FAQ & Further Information
Address: Clifton Ln, Rotherham S65 2AA, South Yorkshire
Category – Park – Indoors and Outdoors – Suitable for all ages.
What are the ticket prices?
FREE – the park, playgrounds and museum are free to visit. There is a small charge for crazy golf, the land train and if you want to go on any of the rides.
What are the main facilities and things to do?
Park with a museum, play areas, crazy golf, splash park, land train and fairground rides. There are toilets, kiosks and a cafe.
When are they open?
Clifton Park is open all year round. Some of the facilities are seasonal and will have varied opening times. Please see their website for up-to-date information.
Is there food available?
There is a cafe serving limited hot and cold food and drinks. They also have a few kiosks that are open on busier days. You are welcome to bring a picnic.
Is there parking?
There is parking, charges apply. Up to 1 hour – £1.00, Up to 2 hours – £2.00, Up to 3 hours – £3.00, Up to 4 hours – £4.50, Up to 5 hours – £6.50, All day – £8.50.
Are they dog friendly?
Dogs are welcome, they are restricted in some areas.
Are they accessible?
The following photos are credited to Clifton Park museum, they show the land train, splash pad and the large slide.