Home to Henderson’s Relish, a historic steel industry and the oldest football team in the world. It is the backdrop of hit films like The Full Monty, This is England ’86, and How to talk to girls at parties. It is also home to some of the nicest people in the country (and Urban Illustration).
There are plenty of reasons to come and visit! And if you do, here is a list of things you could get up to. So, hop on the tram and we’ll take you on a little tour of Sheffield.
Sheffield Train Station
It’s likely that the train station will be your first stop in Sheffield. If you’re in need of refreshment the Sheffield Tap is a pub serving some of Sheffield’s finest beers and ales and is located on platform 1B or you can get to it from just outside the station. Once you leave the station you will be greeted by gorgeous water features and fountains which at night light up to give you a gorgeous welcome to the city.
Straight off the train and up the first hill of your trip you will find yourself at the Sheffield Winter Gardens, one of the UK’s largest glasshouses and home to over 2000 plants from around the globe. It is an amazing sight to see all of these amazing plants in the heart of a city centre. These winter gardens are attached to the Sheffield Millennium Gallery, a celebration of Sheffield steel, art, and ever-changing guest exhibitions.
Leaving the Winter Gardens, you will be welcomed by Sheffield’s two largest theatres, The Crucible, and the Lyceum. Year round both theatres are home to wonderful shows, from local theatre companies, nationwide tours, pantomimes, ballets and more, so there is bound to be something to your liking during your trip to the city. The Crucible is also famously home to annual World Snooker Championship, so it’s worth the visit for all snooker fans, even if you can’t get tickets you can watch the action from huge screens showing the action in the square outside.
Right in the heart of the city overlooked by the town hall is the Peace Garden, the collection of hidden fountains, water features and lawns it is perfect peaceful place to sit and take the city in. In Spring the cherry blossom takes over the peace gardens.
By this point you may be feeling in need of a little refreshment and some sustenance. Just a short walk away from Peace Gardens you will arrive at the Bessemer pub. With a great atmosphere and amazing food that you can cover in Henderson’s Relish and some of Sheffield’s best beers, it’s a great pit stop on your Sheffield adventure.
Calling all football fans! Sheffield is home to two battling football teams, Sheffield United in the premier league and Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship. Their Sheffield derby rivalry is famous. The United stadium is on Bramall Lane in the city centre and Wednesday’s home is just up the road in Hillsborough. Both stadiums offer tours so you can get to see some behind the scenes action.
Kelham Island was one of the oldest industrial sites in Sheffield, and Kelham Island industrial museum pays true homage to its steel manufacturing roots. However, now Kelham Island has revived to be a great leisure destination. Boasting some of Sheffield’s most well-known pubs like the Fat Cat and Kelham Tavern as well as a wide range of excellent restaurants, and amazing cafes. People from all over Sheffield flock to Kelham Island every weekend and it’s easy to see why.
The Botanical Gardens is a large park in the Broomhall area of Sheffield, with paths throughout and large areas of lawn it is designed for exploring and relaxing. Not to mention the amazing gardens it displays, for example, the Asian Garden, Rose Garden, Mediterranean Garden and Evolution Garden to name a few. There’s also the pavilion, housing tropical plants. The Botanical Gardens is definitely somewhere to add to your list if you’re a budding botanist.
The Arts Tower
The Arts Tower is a Sheffield University building that has become something of a tourist spot in Sheffield. It is the second tallest building in Sheffield and has received much praise for its design and construction. However, the main attraction is the Paternoster lift, which is an elevator that unlike most elevators continuously moves in a loop and passengers can step on and off freely. The Paternoster lift in the Arts Tower is the largest in the UK with 38 “cars”. It seems a little odd to recommend a stop off to ride in a lift, but it is really cool!