Victoria Quays

Victoria Quays is a large canal basin, close to Sheffield City Centre, that heads up the Sheffield and Tinsley Canal.

Located on the edge of the Castlegate Quarter, it's a great place to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Perfect on a sunny day, enjoy the waterfront with a drink or a bite to eat from the Dorothy Pax, True Loves and Victoria Junction Café. 

The quays is also home to a range of events hosted throughout the year including the Sheffield Waterfront Festival in September and a monthly Quayside Market. The Dorothy Pax also regularly hosts live music events. 

For outdoor city adventures you can follow the Sheffield and Tinsley Canal Towpath from the Quays all the way to Meadowhall and beyond. The 4-mile path takes you through both industrial and rural areas with a number of locks and bridges.

Along the way you can enjoy a street art trail with lots of colourful work by local artists and pass through areas such as Attercliffe, the Olympic Legacy Park and Tinsley Marina.

The Sheffield & Tinsley Canal Towpath forms part of a longer walking route, known as the Blue Loop, which connects with the Five Weirs Walk.

DC Outdoors also offer SUP, kayaking and canoeing experiences which start at Victoria Quays before exploring further up the canal. 

Opening Times

Monday - Sunday: Open 24 Hours

Additional Information

Victoria Quays was constructed 1816–1819 as the terminus of the Sheffield Canal (now part of the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation) and includes the former coal yards of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway.

The basin ceased operation as a cargo port in 1970 and the site and buildings were largely neglected. A restoration and redevelopment of 1992–1994 reopened the site providing new office and business space and leisure facilities as well as berths for leisure canal boats.

There are a number of Grade II listed buildings on the site. These include the original Terminal Warehouse of 1819, the Straddle Warehouse (1895–1898), a grain warehouse (c.1860), and a curved terrace of coal merchant's offices (c.1870).

Victoria Quays and the Sheffield & Tinsley Canal Towpath are managed by the Canal and Rivers Trust.