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Sheffield Tourist Information
One of the largest cities in the United Kingdom, Sheffield is a lively, exuberant metropolitan area famous for its greenery, creativity and industrial heritage.
Sheffield became internationally renowned in the 19th century due to its steel production, and brought about many advancements in the industry, including the production of stainless steel and crucible. This led to the city’s burgeoning population during the Industrial Revolution, and is largely what it owes its success to today. Although the steel manufacturing sector has seen its decline over the years, traces of Sheffield’s heritage can still be widely seen. Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, located a few miles out, documents the early industrial history of the city, and is definitely worth a stop if you’re interested in steelworks and the city’s origins.
Sheffield possesses one of the most vibrant arts and music cultures in Britain, and is home to the largest regional theatre complex outside of London. Sheffield Theatres, which consists of the Crucible, Lyceum and Studio Theatres, provides a wide array of live entertainment, with everything from performances by local drama groups to the World Snooker Championships. It also boasts a selection of live music venues, including the Sheffield Arena, Sheffield City Hall and the O2 Academy, making it one of Yorkshire’s premier concert venues and the host of some of the world’s biggest names.
There are several art galleries, including Graves Gallery, which holds the city’s historic fine art collection, and the Millennium Galleries, home to Sheffield’s acclaimed Ruskin collection, a craft and design gallery, a metalwork gallery and several blockbuster touring exhibitions. If contemporary artwork is more to your tastes, why not experience the recent works of local artists, showcased at the Yorkshire Art Space and the ever-popular Archipelago Works.
Located next to the Millennium Galleries is the Winter Garden, one of the largest temperate greenhouses built in the UK over the last century, with a display of more than 2,500 plants from around the globe. If you’re looking for a more extensive plant collection, Sheffield Botanical Gardens, with a collection of Grade II listed architectural and historical structures, contains over 5,500 species of flora, and is free and open to all members of the public.
If shopping is more to your travel tastes, Sheffield centre offers a wide range of options, from the inexpensive Castle Market, a large indoor marketplace open daily (excluding Sundays), to Fargate, a popular pedestrian area with a selection of high street stores. Alternatively, Meadowhall Shopping Centre, home to a whopping 270 retail outlets, 37 restaurants and cafés and a cinema, is easily accessible by train, bus or car.
Interesting fact: The Meadowhall Shopping Centre has a helicopter landing pad – as well as 12,000 car parking spaces.
Things to do in Sheffield:
Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet
If you're tracing your family tree and have any connections to Sheffield, the Sheffield Indexers website may prove invaluable