August History Tours

Event information

Date: Sun, 4 August 2024

Time: 12.30pm, 1.00pm, 2.00pm

Cost: £5.00 + booking

Type: Guided walk , History & Heritage


Have you ever wanted to learn more about Sheffield’s history? Why not start with a fascinating glimpse into Sheffield’s Victorian past on our guided tour of this Grade II* listed historic Cemetery. Meet the residents who shaped Sheffield’s history, from Mark Firth and Samuel Holberry to the Cole Brothers and George Bassett, and many more. Discover the stories behind some of our 87,000 burials, see the French-inspired catacombs and the listed monuments & structures including the recently restored Samuel Worth Chapel, in this unique and historic Victorian landscaped ‘Garden Cemetery’.

Event starts at The Gatehouse, top of Cemetery Avenue, Sheffield, S11 8NT.

Our café and bookstall will be open at the Samuel Worth Chapel from 1.00pm to 4.00pm – purchases by cash, debit/credit card or phone app (e.g. Google Pay, Apple Pay).

Path Access – The main Cemetery paths are wide and even, however History Tours also take in some narrow, steep paths that are uneven in places.  Care is needed and everyone must remain on the paths at all times. 

This is a fundraising event for Sheffield General Cemetery Trust and proceeds go to fund the charitable aims of the Trust.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
No minimum age but the tour is aimed at adults and is more suitable for children aged over 11. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No need to bring your ticket – we shall have your name on a list and you can be checked in when you arrive.

How long will the tour last? 
The Tour will last about an hour and a quarter after which you are invited into the Samuel Worth Chapel to buy drinks and SGCT publications.

Can I bring my dog on the tour?
Well behaved dogs are welcome on History Tours providing they are kept on a short, hand held lead.  They are also welcome in the Chapel.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
On street parking on and around Cemetery Avenue close to the Gatehouse entrance. Nearest bus stops are on Ecclesall Road – Collegiate Crescent stop.