Clifton House, built in 1783, and it's grounds were formerly the property of the Walker family who ran the Rotherham Ironworks. Known today as Clifton Park Museum it offers an exciting experience for all to enjoy.
The Museum not only tells the fascinating history of the Rotherham Borough it also houses the York & Lancaster Regimental Museum and the Archives & Local Studies searchroom.
Throughout the Museum you will find plenty to keep the younger ones entertained with a wide range of interactives. Don't forget to visit the much loved Nelson the Lion.
Travel by public transport
The nearest Railway Station is three quarters of a mile away, this station is used for trains and trams. Taxis are available from here or you could walk to the Museum. Should you choose to walk you will go up a moderate incline for the majority of the journey.
Travel by taxi
The nearest Blue badge parking space is 41 metres away from the main entrance and 16.5 metres away from the shop entrance. There are 5 dedicated accessible bays.
Path to main entrance
The main entrance doors automatically open inwards as you approach.
Getting around inside
Lift to all floors.
Ticket/ information desk
Gift shop reception desk.
The desk is situated within the gift shop and can be accessed directly from the outside by level access or from inside the museum or cafe. All access routes are level, there are automatic double width sliding doors from the outside and manual single wooden doors which can turn into double from the museum or single door from the cafe.
Lion's Den, under 5's area
This area is small, some of the accessories can be moved to give more space when needed. Nelson the Lion is one of the much loved exhibits that visitors want to see.
Unisex accessible toilet.
The accessible toilet is through an outward facing single light door with a twist lock. The toilet is 215cm x 188cm in size. The sink is fixed height and the toilet roll holder is on the left hand side at a height of 123cm. There is a colour contrast between the walls and critical surfaces, the utilities are white. The floor is non slip. Wall mounted and drop rails are available on either side of the toilet.
Next to the unisex accessible toilet there are also male and female toilets which do not require a key to unlock. The male toilet contains 1 cubicle and urinals as well as a baby changing unit. There are sinks and 2 hand dryers.
The female toilets contain 4 cubicles, 1 with handrails and an outward facing door. There are 3 standard height sinks and 1 low level sink as well as 2 hand dryers and a baby changing unit.
Within the Park there is an accessible toilet with a hoist, to access this you would need to contact the Parks department prior to your visit and they will be able to arrange this. Please either email Clifton@rotherham.gov.uk or telephone 01709 254588.
The nearest Changing Place toilet can be found at Riverside House (S60 1AE) which is roughly 1.2 miles away.
The gift shop and can be accessed directly from the outside by level access or from inside the museum or cafe. All access routes are level, there are automatic sliding doors from the outside and manual wooden doors from the museum or cafe. There is a a reception desk with a low level counter and a hearing loop system which staff are trained to use. The products are displayed primarily on open shelving at a variety of heights; retrieval of items from the highest shelves may require assistance for wheelchair users.
Place to eat and drink
The Granary Cafe
The menu is includes a selection of freshly made sandwiches, warm flatbreads, freshly made soup (winter months) and a selection of cakes and freshly made flapjack and scones. With prior notice we will try to accomodate specific catering needs.
Archives & Local Studies searchroom
The searchroom is accessed via the Gift shop through an outward facing manual door. There is ample room for wheelchair users, staff members are available to assist where needed and with any queries. Magnifying glasses are available if required. There is a portable hearing loop on the reception desk. Tables and chairs used by researchers are fixed height, chairs used at the computer tables are swivel and adjustable height.
Getting around outside
The Museum is situated within a public park, access to the park is free at all times. There are various areas within the park including open grassland, formal gardens,play areas,skate park and basketball court which are free and always open. There are other areas which have either specific opening times or may be chargeable, these include the water play, fun fair amusements, bowling, tennis and crazy golf.
Customer care support
Magnifying glasses are available within the galleries and can be provided on request in Archives & Local Studies. Mobility scooters can be hired for free from the Garden building for a refundable deposit. The Garden building is situated near to the Museum building.
Although we do not have a designated space, if you speak to a member of staff in the museum they will find you a suitable place where you can charge your scooter or chair.
Emergency evacuation procedures
Flashing lights are in the accessible toilet and the shop area only. Staff are situated throughout the building and will assist with the evacuation should the fire alarm be activated. All public areas are checked by staff to ensure everyone is out safely.
Customer care support
One member of staff has recently completed the Accessbility Champion Train the Trainer programme accredited through Access for All UK , the majority of staff have undertaken the Accessbility training course. Some members of staff have completed stage 1 Makaton.
With prior notice tours can be provided for groups. Staff on duty will also provide assistance where needed to ensure the visitor gets the best out of the visit.