I was excited when the Shepherd's Wheel reopened after seemingly years of restoration. Instead, it's just ok, and I wouldn't say it's worth a visit in itself. The access times themselves aren't great, and so it's often closed when I pass by on a walk.
It's great that people are so dedicated to preserving Sheffield's industrial history, and there are knowledgeable people at Shepherd's Wheel, happy to talk about the mechanisms and history.
I'd always prefer to go somewhere much more steeped in history due to the ancient surroundings, however - the wheels at Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet (also free!) are very much worth a visit - but this is interesting to pop into if you're walking past.
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