Sheffield CathedralSheffield (pop.534,500) was once the home of steel production and it still has a rough, industrial reputation but it is actually a very green and pleasant city. With entertainment and cultural options galore –including a very trendy music scene- Sheffield is an attractive mix of city living and the delights of the countryside. The locals, called “Dee Dars” by their neighbours for the way they pronounce the still often used words ‘thee’ and ‘thou’, are a friendly bunch.  

Sheffield’s geography forms a natural amphitheatre, with buildings climbing the hills that surround the city. Five rivers skirt about and nearby Sheffield. Travel to Sheffield by train is easy as it is connected to a number of other cities: e.g. London, Leeds, Manchester, and York. The train station is on the eastern side of the city at Sheaf Street and is integrated with Sheffield Interchange, the city’s main bus station. From here a variety of local buses can be caught as well as National Express services, which link Sheffield with London as well as major cities in the north. Visit here for further journey planning assistance or here.



Winter Garden flickr ElaineThe Winter Garden [Surrey St, free] houses plants from all over the world in a beautiful arched glasshouse.

The Millennium Gallery [Surrey St, +44 114 221 1900, free] features contemporary art, visiting national exhibitions as well as locally made metalwork and art objects.

For more traditional 19th and 20th century art, visit the Graves Art Gallery (48 Arundel Gate, +44 114 278 2600, free].

The inner city Peace Gardens [Along Pinstone St and in front of Sheffield’s Town Hall, admission free] are a wonderful place with fountains and lush grass. Relax among the other shoppers and sightseers.

Sheffield Cathedral [Church St, +44 114 275 3434] is the city’s oldest building – or at least, parts of it are. Check out the beautiful Lantern Tower inside the cathedral.  

Visit the 900 year old man-made island, upon which stands Kelham Island Museum [Alma St, +44 114 272 2106, Adults £4]. Learn about Sheffield’s industrial past through hands on activities, archive displays, and glimpses of working machinery.

Don’t get too close to the crucible furnace at Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet: [Abbeydale Road South, +44 114 2367731, Adults £3].  It used to reach 1600°C! This old water-powered works now acts as a museum for Sheffield’s steel working history.

Keep the kids happy with a visit to the Magna Science Adventure Centre [Sheffield Rd, Templeborough, Rotheram, +44 1709 820092, ad/ch £9.95/ £7.95].  Adults might find it lacking on the educational side.

Jurys Inn [119 Eyre St, +44 114 291 2222, £39-55] One of a chain of hotels throughout the UK and Ireland and with a great inner city location here in Sheffield. Beautifully appointed rooms.  

Houseboat Hotels [Victoria Quays, +44 190 956 9393, £59-150].   When you’re in a city near five rivers, why not stay on a houseboat? This is definitely one for those who like their privacy and don’t require room service every five minutes.

Whitley Hall Hotel [Elliott Lane, Grenoside, +44 114 245 4444, £65].   Outside town but such a charming, relaxing place makes up for the drive out. Mary Queen of Scots is rumoured to have stayed here under the custody of the Earl of Shrewsbury. Modern and luxurious rooms.

The Robin Hood Inn [Greaves Lane, Little Matlock, Stannington, +44 114 234 4581, £75-90].  Another on the outskirts of the city but a charming little place with a nice pub. The rooms are well designed and the beds comfy.

The Quarry House [Rivelin Glen Quarry, Rivelin Quarry Rd, +44 114 234 0382, £80].  Chic, individually styled rooms in a beautiful quiet location. Enjoy the best of city and country life in one place.

Copthorne Hotel [Bramall Lane, +44 114 252 5480, £50-110].  Beautiful modern design and a great inner city location.

Norfolk Arms Hotel [2 Ringinglow Village, +44 114 230 2197, £115].  This lively little pub has some really comfy rooms with simple but elegant designs. It is, however, outside of Sheffield city.

The Leopold Hotel [2 Leopold St, +44 114 252 4000, £59-169 per person].  Formerly a boys grammar school, this boutique hotel is located in city centre. Modern and lush interiors plus a good restaurant and funky little bar make this place a brilliant choice.