Sheffield’s Architectural Heritage Bus Ride

Group tours for up to 30 people

Sheffield Corporation Leyland Titan 687 (RWB 67)

Modern Sheffield is an eye-opener to newcomers and to those who remember the “ugly picture in a beautiful frame” of years ago.  Many of its best buildings date from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, alongside earlier survivals and more recent developments.

This day tour includes a walking tour and lunch in the city-centre followed by a journey with commentary using a heritage Sheffield Corporation double-deck bus to explore Broomhill, Ranmoor and Norfolk Park.  Each tour is individually planned and budgeted.

The itinerary is ideally suited to out-of-town groups arriving by train, and making use of Supertram.

Places are limited so that everyone can have a top-deck seat on the bus, yet people with mobility and other impairments are very welcome to use the lower deck.

The Sheffield’s Architectural Heritage Bus Ride provides a comprehensive introduction to the city’s buildings and townscape in a 1950s Sheffield Corporation double-deck bus.

The morning walking-tour can include the major city-centre buildings, including both Cathedrals, the Town Hall, City Hall and Cutler’s Hall.

After lunch (which can be included in the tour-price if required), the Bus Ride travels out into the western suburbs of Broomhill and Ranmoor, calls at the General Cemetery and ends at Norfolk Park.

From the upper deck there’s a grandstand view of the steel barons’ residences, sited away from the industrial East End, and the Victorian legacy of parks and other amenities that enhanced John Betjeman’s “hill-shadowed city of razors and knives”.  

Riding in the sort of vehicle that replaced the trams in the 1950s is itself an experience because buses have changed so much in half a century.

Please be aware that the Bus Ride uses a vintage vehicle which has no seatbelts.  The steps on to the back platform and upstairs are steeper than on modern buses.  Please discuss any special mobility needs when booking.

Groups travelling to Sheffield by rail begin the tour at Sheffield Station.  Groups arriving by coach are met at a pre-arranged Supertram stop.  Supertram travel is free after 9.30am to holders of a National Senior Bus Pass, irrespective of whether they live in South Yorkshire.

To arrange a tour please discuss possible dates. Itineraries and prices with Mike Higginbottom by post, phone or e-mail:

63 Vivian Road


S5 6WJ

0114-242-0951 or 07946-650672