Days out in Yorkshire: National Emergency Services Museum, Sheffield

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At some point, I bet all of us wanted to be a cop, firefighter or speed an ambulance around during our childhood years.

Thankfully some stay the course to keep us safe, fire-free and largely healthy.

For all others, there’s this place – the National Emergency Services Museum.

Proudly boasting the fact it’s the largest volunteer-run museum of its kind in the UK, ‎it’s a labour of love and brilliant day out.

It’s home to an eclectic range of more than 40 emergency vehicles, but anything but the bog standard ones.

Must-sees include historic engines from Bocham in Germany, New Jersey in America and of course the huge range of UK vehicles from the some of the very earliest to the modern.

It’s incredible to see how they’ve progressed.

You can actually jump aboard one of their engines – or appliances as they’re officially called – and take a quick ride out with their volunteers on weekends. Good tip is to call ahead.

The museum charts the history of the world’s emergency services, not just UK, from New York Fire Department to the Californian Bush Fire Department.

Check out the uniforms and equipment used and even see how fire helmets are made.

If that’s not enough, the museum also gives you the chance to witness a life-sized street fire and road traffic incident.

It’s a hidden gem, so hit the blues and twos, grab a coat and get fired up for adventure.


Price: Adults £5, children £4, U3 free + deals

Opening Times: Daily (see website)

Parking: Workhouse Lane – paid

Sat nav: S3 8PT

Telephone: 0114 2491 999


Address: West Bar, Sheffield

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