SHEFFIELD

England, United Kingdom

Nicknamed the "Steel City", Sheffield is a major industrial, cosmopolitan and cultural centre renowned for its green open spaces, creative talents, galleries, sport facilities and cutlery.

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Sheffield  is a city and metropolitan borough in South Yorkshire, England. Historically part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, its name derives from the River Sheaf, which runs through the city. With some of its southern suburbs annexed from Derbyshire, the city has grown from its largely industrial roots to encompass a wider economic base. The population of the City of Sheffield is 563,749 (mid-2014 est.) and it is one of the eight largest regional English cities that make up the Core Cities Group. Sheffield is the third largest English district by population. The metropolitan population of Sheffield is 1,569,000.

In the 19th century, Sheffield gained an international reputation for steel production. Known as the Steel City, many innovations were developed locally, including crucible and stainless steel, fuelling an almost tenfold increase in the population in the Industrial Revolution. Sheffield received its municipal charter in 1843, becoming the City of Sheffield in 1893. International competition in iron and steel caused a decline in these industries in the 1970s and 1980s, coinciding with the collapse of coal mining in the area.

The 21st century has seen extensive redevelopment in Sheffield along with other British cities. Sheffield's gross value added (GVA) has increased by 60% since 1997, standing at £9.2 billion in 2007. The economy has experienced steady growth averaging around 5% annually, greater than that of the broader region of Yorkshire and the Humber.

The city is in the eastern foothills of the Pennines, and the valleys of the River Don and its four tributaries, the Loxley, the Porter Brook, the Rivelin and the Sheaf. 61% of Sheffield's entire area is green space, and a third of the city lies within the Peak District national park. There are more than 250 parks, woodlands and gardens in the city, with an often quoted estimated 2 million trees, and claims of Sheffield having the highest ratio of trees to people of any city in Europe. Roadside trees however are currently being replaced by the council under a controversial 25 year Private finance initiative scheme which commenced in 2012.

The city has a long sporting heritage, and is home to the world's oldest football club, Sheffield F.C. Games between the two professional clubs, Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday, are known as the Steel City derby.

Tourism

Nicknamed the "Steel City", Sheffield is a major industrial, cosmopolitan and cultural centre renowned for its green open spaces, creative talents, galleries, sport facilities and cutlery. England's National City of Sport, Sheffield is also home to Britain's biggest theatre complex outside London and one of the country's most-visited shopping centres. Sheffield is an excellent place to study and the city's two universities welcome well over 10,000 overseas students each year. Unlike many other cities its size, Sheffield has a very large amount of public greenery, with trees outnumbering the human population approximately three-to-one. As well as the extensive urbanisation, one third of the city's territory is rural national park land: the Peak District is England's oldest and best-loved national park.

History

The area now occupied by the City of Sheffield is believed to have been inhabited since at least the late Upper Palaeolithic period, about 12,800 years ago. The earliest evidence of human occupation in the Sheffield area was found at Creswell Crags to the east of the city. In the Iron Age the area became the southernmost territory of the Pennine tribe called the Brigantes. It is this tribe who are thought to have constructed several hill forts in and around Sheffield. Following the departure of the Romans, the Sheffield area may have been the southern part of the Celtic kingdom of Elmet, with the rivers Sheaf and Don forming part of the boundary between this kingdom and the kingdom of Mercia. Gradually, Anglian settlers pushed west from the kingdom of Deira. A Celtic presence within the Sheffield area is evidenced by two settlements called Wales and Waleswood close to Sheffield. The settlements that grew and merged to form Sheffield, however, date from the second half of the first millennium, and are of Anglo-Saxon and Danish origin. In Anglo-Saxon times, the Sheffield area straddled the border between the kingdoms of Mercia and Northumbria. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle reports that King Eanred of Northumbria submitted to King Egbert of Wessex at the hamlet of Dore (now a suburb of Sheffield) in 829, a key event in the unification of the kingdom of England under the House of Wessex. After the Norman conquest, Sheffield Castle was built to protect the local settlements, and a small town developed that is the nucleus of the modern city.

By 1296, a market had been established at what is now known as Castle Square, and Sheffield subsequently grew into a small market town. In the 14th century, Sheffield was already noted for the production of knives, as mentioned in Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, and by the early 1600s it had become the main centre of cutlery manufacture in England outside London, overseen by the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire. From 1570 to 1584, Mary, Queen of Scots, was imprisoned in Sheffield Castle and Sheffield Manor.

During the 1740s, a form of the crucible steel process was discovered that allowed the manufacture of a better quality of steel than had previously been possible. In about the same period, a technique was developed for fusing a thin sheet of silver onto a copper ingot to produce silver plating, which became widely known as Sheffield plate. These innovations spurred Sheffield's growth as an industrial town, but the loss of some important export markets led to a recession in the late 18th and early 19th century. The resulting poor conditions culminated in a cholera epidemic that killed 402 people in 1832. The population of the town grew rapidly throughout the 19th century; increasing from 60,095 in 1801 to 451,195 by 1901. The town was incorporated as a borough in 1842 and was granted a city charter in 1893. The influx of people also led to demand for better water supplies, and a number of new reservoirs were constructed on the outskirts of the town. The collapse of the dam wall of one of these reservoirs in 1864 resulted in the Great Sheffield Flood, which killed 270 people and devastated large parts of the town. The growing population led to the construction of many back-to-back dwellings that, along with severe pollution from the factories, inspired George Orwell in 1937 to write: "Sheffield, I suppose, could justly claim to be called the ugliest town in the Old World".

A recession in the 1930s was halted by increasing international tensions as the Second World War loomed; Sheffield's steel factories were set to work manufacturing weapons and ammunition for the war effort. As a result, the city became a target for bombing raids, the heaviest of which occurred on the nights of 12 and 15 December 1940, now known as the Sheffield Blitz. More than 660 lives were lost and many buildings destroyed.

In the 1950s and 1960s, many of the city's slums were demolished, and replaced with housing schemes such as the Park Hill flats. Large parts of the city centre were also cleared to make way for a new system of roads.Increased automation and competition from abroad resulted in the closure of many steel mills. The 1980s saw the worst of this run-down of Sheffield's industries, along with those of many other areas of the UK. The building of the Meadowhall Centre on the site of a former steelworks in 1990 was a mixed blessing, creating much needed jobs but hastening the decline of the city centre. Attempts to regenerate the city were kick-started when the city hosted the 1991 World Student Games, which saw the construction of new sporting facilities such as the Sheffield Arena, Don Valley Stadium and the Ponds Forge complex.

Sheffield is changing rapidly as new projects regenerate some of the more run-down parts of the city. One such, the Heart of the City Project, has initiated a number of public works in the city centre: the Peace Gardens were renovated in 1998, the Millennium Galleries opened in April 2001, the Winter Gardens were opened in May 2003, and a public space to link these two areas, the Millennium Square, was opened in May 2006. Additional developments included the remodelling of Sheaf Square, in front of the recently refurbished railway station. The new square contains "The Cutting Edge", a sculpture designed by Si Applied Ltd and made from Sheffield steel.

Sheffield was particularly hard-hit during the 2007 United Kingdom floods and the 2010 Big Freeze. Many landmark buildings such as Meadowhall and the Sheffield Wednesday grounds flooded due to being close to nearby rivers that flow through the city.

Climate

Like the rest of the United Kingdom, the climate in Sheffield is generally temperate. The Pennines to the west of the city can create a cool, gloomy and wet environment, but they also provide shelter from the prevailing westerly winds, casting a "rain shadow" across the area. Between 1971 and 2000 Sheffield averaged 824.7 millimetres (32.47 in) of rain per year; December was the wettest month with 91.9 millimetres (3.62 in) and July the driest with 51.0 millimetres (2.01 in). July was also the hottest month, with an average maximum temperature of 20.8 °C (69.4 °F). The average minimum temperature in January and February was 1.6 °C (34.9 °F), though the lowest temperatures recorded in these months can be between −10 and −15 °C (14 and 5 °F), although since 1960, the temperature has never fallen below −9.2 °C (15.4 °F), suggesting that urbanisation around the Weston Park site during the second half of the 20th century may prevent temperatures below −10 °C (14 °F) occurring.

The coldest temperature to be recorded in recent years was −8.2 °C (17.2 °F). (Note: The official Weston Park Weather Station statistics, which can also be viewed at Sheffield Central Library, has the temperature at −8.7 °C (16.3 °F), recorded on 20 December, and states that to be the lowest December temperature since 1981.)

The coldest temperature ever recorded in the city of Sheffield at Weston Park, since records began in 1882, is −14.5 °C (5.9 °F), registered in February 1895. The lowest daytime maximum temperature in the city since records began is −5.6 °C (21.9 °F), also recorded in February 1895.

More recently, a −4.4 °C (24.1 °F) was recorded as a daytime maximum at Weston Park, on 20 December 2010.(from the Weston Park Weather Station statistics, which also can be viewed at Sheffield Central Library.)

On average, through the winter months of December to March, there are 67 days during which ground frost occurs.

Climate data for Sheffield Cdl, elevation: 131m

MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °C (°F)13.9
(57)
17.6
(63.7)
23.3
(73.9)
24.8
(76.6)
28.2
(82.8)
30.7
(87.3)
33.3
(91.9)
34.3
(93.7)
28.4
(83.1)
25.7
(78.3)
17.6
(63.7)
17.6
(63.7)
34.3
(93.7)
Average high °C (°F)6.8
(44.2)
7.1
(44.8)
9.8
(49.6)
12.5
(54.5)
16.1
(61)
18.8
(65.8)
21.1
(70)
20.6
(69.1)
17.7
(63.9)
13.5
(56.3)
9.5
(49.1)
6.9
(44.4)
13.4
(56.1)
Daily mean °C (°F)4.4
(39.9)
4.4
(39.9)
6.6
(43.9)
8.7
(47.7)
11.8
(53.2)
14.7
(58.5)
16.9
(62.4)
16.5
(61.7)
14.0
(57.2)
10.5
(50.9)
7.0
(44.6)
4.6
(40.3)
10.0
(50)
Average low °C (°F)1.9
(35.4)
1.7
(35.1)
3.3
(37.9)
4.8
(40.6)
7.5
(45.5)
10.5
(50.9)
12.7
(54.9)
12.4
(54.3)
10.3
(50.5)
7.5
(45.5)
4.5
(40.1)
2.3
(36.1)
6.6
(43.9)
Record low °C (°F)−9.2
(15.4)
−8.3
(17.1)
−8.3
(17.1)
−6.6
(20.1)
−0.7
(30.7)
1.4
(34.5)
3.9
(39)
4.2
(39.6)
1.9
(35.4)
−4.1
(24.6)
−7.2
(19)
−9.1
(15.6)
−9.2
(15.4)
Source #1: Met Office
Source #2: KNMI

Geography

Sheffield is located at 53°23′N 1°28′W. It lies directly beside Rotherham, from which it is separated largely by the M1 motorway. Although Barnsley Metropolitan Borough also borders Sheffield to the north, the town itself is a few miles further away. The southern and western borders of the city are shared with Derbyshire; in the first half of the 20th century Sheffield extended its borders south into Derbyshire, annexing a number of villages, including Totley, Dore and the area now known as Mosborough Townships. Directly to the west of the city are the Peak District National Park and the Pennine hill range, while the lowlands of the South Yorkshire Coalfield lie to the east.

Sheffield is a geographically diverse city. The city nestles in a natural amphitheatre created by several hills  forming the eastern foothills of the Pennines, and the confluence of five rivers: Don, Sheaf, Rivelin, Loxley and Porter. As such, much of the city is built on hillsides with views into the city centre or out to the countryside. The city's lowest point is just 29 metres (95 ft) above sea level near Blackburn Meadows, while some parts of the city are at over 500 metres (1,640 ft); the highest point being 548 metres (1,798 ft) at High Stones, near Margery Hill. However, 79% of the housing in the city is between 100 and 200 metres (330 and 660 ft) above sea level.

Estimated to contain over two million trees, Sheffield has more trees per person than any other city in Europe, and according to Sheffield City Council, it is England's greenest city, a claim that was reinforced when it won the 2005 Entente Florale competition. It has over 170 woodlands (covering 10.91 sq mi or 28.3 km2), 78 public parks (covering 7.07 sq mi or 18.3 km2) and 10 public gardens. Added to the 52.0 square miles (134.7 km2) of national park and 4.20 square miles (10.9 km2) of water this means that 61% of the city is greenspace. Despite this, about 64% of Sheffield householders live further than 300 metres (328 yd) from their nearest greenspace, although access is better in less affluent neighbourhoods across the city. Since 2012 there have been disputes between the city council and residents over the fate of the city's 36,000 highway trees, with 2000 having been felled by October 2015 as part of the £2 billion Streets Ahead road improvement scheme.

Sheffield also has a very wide variety of habitat, comparing favourably with any city in the United Kingdom: urban, parkland and woodland, agricultural and arable land, moors, meadows and freshwater-based habitats. There are six areas within the city that are designated as sites of special scientific interest.

The present city boundaries were set in 1974 (with slight modification in 1994), when the former county borough of Sheffield merged with Stocksbridge Urban District and two parishes from the Wortley Rural District. This area includes a significant part of the countryside surrounding the main urban region. Roughly a third of Sheffield lies in the Peak District National Park. No other English city included parts of a national park within its boundary, until the creation in March 2010 of the South Downs National Park, part of which lies within Brighton and Hove.

Economy

After many years of decline, the Sheffield economy is going through a strong revival. The 2004 Barclays Bank Financial Planning study revealed that, in 2003, the Sheffield district of Hallam was the highest ranking area outside London for overall wealth, the proportion of people earning over £60,000 a year standing at almost 12%. A survey by Knight Frank revealed that Sheffield was the fastest-growing city outside London for office and residential space and rents during the second half of 2004. This can be seen by the current surge of redevelopments, including the City Lofts Tower and accompanying St Paul's Place, Velocity Living and the Moor redevelopment, the forthcoming NRQ and the recently completed Winter Gardens, Peace Gardens, Millennium Galleries and many projects under the Sheffield One redevelopment agency. The Sheffield economy grew from £5.6 billion in 1997 (1997 GVA) to £9.2 billion in 2007 (2007 GVA).

The "UK Cities Monitor 2008" placed Sheffield among the top ten "best cities to locate a business today", the city occupying third and fourth places respectively for best office location and best new call centre location. The same report places Sheffield in third place regarding "greenest reputation" and second in terms of the availability of financial incentives.

Sheffield has an international reputation for metallurgy and steel-making. Many innovations in these fields have been made in Sheffield, for example Benjamin Huntsman discovered the crucible technique in the 1740s at his workshop in Handsworth. This process was rendered obsolete in 1856 by Henry Bessemer's invention of the Bessemer converter. Thomas Boulsover invented Sheffield Plate (silver-plated copper) in the early 18th century. Stainless steel was invented by Harry Brearley in 1912, and the work of F. B. Pickering and T. Gladman throughout the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s was fundamental to the development of modern high-strength low-alloy steels. Further innovations continue, with new advanced manufacturing technologies and techniques being developed on the Advanced Manufacturing Park by Sheffield's universities and other independent research organisations. Organisations located on the AMP include the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC, a research partnership between the Boeing Company and the University of Sheffield), Castings Technology International (CTI), The Welding Institute (TWI), and William Cook Group.

Forgemasters, founded in 1805, is the sole remaining independent steel works in the world and dominates the north east of Sheffield around the Lower Don Valley. The firm has a global reputation for producing the largest and most complex steel forgings and castings and is certified to produce critical nuclear components, with recent projects including the Royal Navy's Astute class submarines. The firm also has the capacity for pouring the largest single ingot (570 tonnes) in Europe and is currently in the process of expanding its capabilities.

While iron and steel have long been the main industries of Sheffield, coal mining has also been a major industry, particularly in the outlying areas, and the Palace of Westminster in London was built using limestone from quarries in the nearby village of Anston. Other areas of employment include call centres, the City Council, universities and hospitals.

Sheffield is a major retail centre, and is home to many High Street and department stores as well as designer boutiques. The main shopping areas in the city centre are on The Moor precinct, Fargate, Orchard Square and the Devonshire Quarter. Department stores in the city centre include John Lewis, Marks and Spencer, Atkinsons and Debenhams. Sheffield's main market was once Castle Market, built above the remains of the castle. This is due to be demolished. Sheffield Moor market opened in 2013. Shopping areas outside the city centre include the Meadowhall shopping centre and retail park, Ecclesall Road, London Road, Hillsborough, Firth Park and the Crystal Peaks shopping centre. In a 2010 survey of forecast expenditure at retail centres in the United Kingdom, Meadowhall was ranked 12th and Sheffield City Centre 19th.

Sheffield has a District Energy system that exploits the city's domestic waste, by incinerating it and converting the energy from it to electricity. It also provides hot water, which is distributed through over 25 miles (40 km) of pipes under the city, via two networks. These networks supply heat and hot water for many buildings throughout the city. These include not only cinemas, hospitals, shops and offices, but also universities (Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield), and residential properties. Energy generated in a waste plant produces 60 megawatts of thermal energy and up to 19 megawatts of electrical energy from 225,000 tonnes of waste.

In 2012, Sheffield City Region Enterprise Zone was launched to promote development in a number of sites in Sheffield and across the wider region. In March 2014 additional sites were added to the zone.

Subdivisions

Sheffield is made up of many suburbs and neighbourhoods, many of which developed from villages or hamlets that were absorbed into Sheffield as the city grew. These historical areas are largely ignored by the modern administrative and political divisions of the city; instead it is divided into 28 electoral wards, with each ward generally covering 4–6 areas. These electoral wards are grouped into six parliamentary constituencies. Sheffield is largely unparished, but Bradfield and Ecclesfield have parish councils, and Stocksbridge has a town council.

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Transportation - Get In


By plane

  • Doncaster Sheffield Robin Hood (IATA: DSA) is one of the newest airports in the UK. Largely geared up to serve the domestic holiday market, many flights arrive from Mediterranean resorts, though there are also direct flights from European cities and a small number of transatlantic flights operating via Dublin.

The airlines that serve the airport are:

  • Aer Lingus: Dublin. Also offers flights, via Dublin, from Boston Logan, Chicago O'Hare, New York JFK, Toronto Pearson and Washington Dulles
  • BH Air: Burgas
  • FlyBe: Alicante, Amsterdam Schiphol, Berlin Tegel, Chambéry, Dusseldorf, Faro, Guernsey, Jersey, Malaga, Newquay, Paris Charles de Gaulle
  • Thomas Cook: Dalaman, Palma de Mallorca
  • Thomson Airways: Alicante, Bridgetown, Burgas, Corfu, Dalaman, Dubrovnik, Enontekiö, Faro, Gran Canaria, Heraklion, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Larnaca, Malaga, Menorca, Palma, Paphos, Reus, Rhodes, Tenerife South, Zakynthos
  • WizzAir: Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Gdańsk, Katowice, Košice, Lublin, Poznań, Riga, Sofia, Vilnius, Warsaw Chopin, Wrocław

DSA is approximately 35 minutes' drive away from the centre of Sheffield. To reach Sheffield by public transport from the airport, take the X4 shuttle bus (M–Sa 5:53–00:03, Su 7:33–23:33) to Doncaster Interchange. The service runs roughly every half hour M–Sa and every hour on Su. Doncaster Interchange is adjacent toa railway station, from where you can travel by train to Sheffield. The whole journey takes about an hour.

  • Manchester Airport (IATA: MAN) offers a huge choice of flights from all over the world, including several daily flights from North America. The airport is linked to Sheffield by an hourly direct train, which takes 75-90 mins. Alternatively, Sheffield is approximately 70 minutes by a picturesque road journey through the Peak District.
  • East Midlands Airport (IATA: EMA) offers a largely similar range of flights to Doncaster, as well as from Brussels, Budapest, Naples, Prague and Rome Ciampino. It is approximately one hour south of Sheffield on the M1 motorway. There are several daily bus services to Sheffield from the airport, operated by National Express. Trains also run to Sheffield from East Midlands Parkway station, which is a short bus ride from the airport.

By train

Sheffield station(sometimes known as Sheffield Midland) is on the southeastern side of the city centre, adjacent to Sheffield Hallam University. You can reach the city centre on foot via Sheaf Square and Howard Street in 10-15 minutes' uphill walking, or in about five minutes by tram.

Supertram services stop at the station (Sheffield Station / Sheffield Hallam University), at the far end from the main entrance of the pedestrian bridge that crosses over the platforms. There is a lift from the station concourse and platforms.

Most long-distance coaches and many city buses stop at Sheffield Interchange, two minutes' walk from the station (across the pelican crossing and through the covered walkway).

Meadowhall Station is located at the Meadowhall shopping complex in the north-eastern suburbs of Sheffield, but can also serve as a useful point to reach the Arena or Valley Centertainment leisure park, via the Supertram. The station includes a tram and bus interchange.

Routes

Sheffield lies at the crossroads of three major railways. The Midland Mainline (south-east to north), cross country route (south-west and Midlands to north east and Scotland) and a trans-Pennine service (north-west to north-east and east).

Summary of services:

Timetables and fare information for all train services can be obtained from National Rail.


By car

Sheffield sits beside the M1 motorway, one of the UK's primary north–south routes linking Sheffield with London, Leicester, Nottingham and Leeds. The M1's interchange with the M62, the main route from Manchester, Liverpool and Hull, is 15 miles north of Sheffield. The city centre is most easily reached from junction 33 of the M1, via the Sheffield Parkway dual-carriageway. A convenient park and ride tram stop (Nunnery Square) is located close to the city end of the Parkway and is well-signposted from the motorway.

Two scenic routes from Manchester, the Snake Pass (A57) and the Woodhead Pass (A628) make for breathtaking trips through the Peak District National Park. In the event of heavy snowfall in winter, the police close both routes to all traffic.

It is also possible to use the Peak District as the scenic route from Birmingham (via Lichfield and Ashbourne) or Stoke-on-Trent (via Leek and Longnor). Beware that the route becomes very busy over holiday periods, and can be treacherous during cold or snowy weather.


By coach

Sheffield Interchange is the city's hub for local and national bus services, and is located two minutes' walk from Sheffield's railway station. National Express operate long distance coach services from all parts of the country, including a regular service from London (Victoria and Golders Green), as well as Bradford, Glasgow and London Stansted Airport which don't have direct trains to Sheffield.

The discount coach operator Megabus does not serve the city centre, but offers several services each day from London to Meadowhall Interchange. Meadowhall is 15 minutes away from the city centre by tram, or five minutes by an equally frequent train. Megabus departures may not be listed on departure screens at the Meadowhall Interchange: services generally depart from the same bay as National Express services.


By boat

There are visitor moorings for canal boats at the Victoria Quays basin, found to the north of the city centre.

Transportation - Get Around

Sheffield's city centre is compact and within it, no two attractions are further apart than a 30 minute walk. The city centre has seen significant work done to prioritise pedestrian access, including extensive pedestrianisation, excellent links from the railway station to the city centre and a comprehensive map and signage system. Even outside the central area, Sheffield is pleasantly walkable, with both the Don Valley attractions (1–4 miles) and the Peak District (from 6 miles) being linked by walking routes from the city centre. Sheffield walking directions can be planned online with the Walkit route planner.


By cycle

Cycle hire is available at the railway station.


By tram

All public transport in Sheffield is operated under licence to Travel South Yorkshire, who are the main source of unbiased travel information, updates, timetables and maps for the city.

The Stagecoach Supertram, normally known just as the Supertram, is a modern tram network with three lines that serve the city centre and many of Sheffield's suburbs. Services run from just before 6AM until around midnight (M–Sa) and from around 7:30AM until just before midnight (Su).

  • The Blue route, distinguished by a blue letter B, runs from Malin Bridge via the city centre to the railway station and Halfway.
  • The Yellow route, distinguished by a yellow letter Y, runs from Meadowhall via the city centre to Middlewood.
  • The Purple route, distinguished by a purple letter P, merges the eastern end of the two other lines, running from Herdings Park to Meadowhall, via Cathedral in the city centre.

Most stations are now fitted with LED signs displaying the time and destination of the next four trams to arrive, however during the day, the Blue and Yellow lines run at a frequency of about every 10 minutes, while the Purple line runs every 30 minutes.

Tickets are purchased from the conductor after you board; retain these for inspection. Notices at your tram stop will indicate the route and fare needed for your destination.

A single ticket within the city centre boundary (stations between Granville Road, The University of Sheffield, and Hyde Park) costs £1.60. After that, fares cost up to £2.30, depending on how far you travel, although the £1.60 fare is still available for short journeys outside the central area. Children under 5 travel free. Senior citizens travel for free except on weekdays before 9AM on any mode of public transport. Other concessions are available only to applicable residents of Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster and Barnsley. For those without concessions, it often works out cheaper to buy a CityWide day ticket, which costs £4.30 and allows unlimited travel on all trams and buses in Sheffield, irrespective of the operator. A £13.50 Stagecoach Megarider ticket is also available, allowing unlimited travel for a week on Stagecoach trams and buses.

Visitors may also find this official guide with map useful.


By bus

All public transport in Sheffield is operated under licence to Travel South Yorkshire, who are the main source of unbiased travel information, updates, timetables and maps for the city.

Most buses in Sheffield are operated by the large private operators First and Stagecoach, though there are some smaller operators running certain routes. Buses generally run every 10–20 minutes during the day, and every 20–60 minutes in the evening. Some routes offer a higher frequency of service (every 4-10 minutes throughout the day and evening).

A single fare costs £1.40. The South Yorkshire Day Tripper, costing £6.00, allows bus, tram and train travel across South Yorkshire (after 9:30AM) all day, whereas the City Wide ticket (£4.30 for a day, other longer tickets available) allows travel on all buses and trams within the city of Sheffield.

Bus maps of North and South Sheffield are available to download. Both maps also show the city centre.


Rail

All public transport in Sheffield is operated under licence to Travel South Yorkshire, who are the main source of unbiased travel information, updates, timetables and maps for the city.

Although there aren't many rail services within Sheffield itself, there is a decent network of suburban rail services serving the city region, all of which depart from Sheffield Midland station. Services are operated by Northern Rail, and depart to Barnsley via Meadowhall, Chapeltown, Elsecar, and Wombwell, to Doncaster, via Meadowhall, Rotherham, Swinton, Mexborough, and Conisborough, to Chesterfield via Dronfield, to the Hope Valley via Dore, and to Nottinghamshire via Darnall, Woodhouse, Kiveton Bridge, and Kiveton Park.


By taxi and black cab

There are no longer any night bus routes in the city and all bus and tram services terminate around midnight. Sheffield's two main taxi companies operate 24 hours a day with considerably cheaper fares than other cities. Black cabs can be hailed in the street in the city centre and West End as far out as Broomhill (particularly on West Street, around the universities and at the railway station), as well as on some of the main routes into the city, but elsewhere it is often necessary to phone for a taxi:

  • City Taxis+44 144 239-3939. pre-booked taxis and black cabs.

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Shopping

Sheffield has two main shopping destinations. The city centre is compact, varied and walkable. It has a good range of high street and independent stores. The out-of-town Meadowhall shopping centre is South Yorkshire's largest and has a huge range of shops. Beyond these two behemoths, Sheffield's other shopping experiences range from suburban high streets to local shopping centres and designated themed quarters.


City Centre

The centre, though compact, packs in a lot of national chains and independent shops. Visitors will however find there are fewer shops than other cities Sheffield's size, due to Meadowhall's proximity and size. Much of the city centre is pedestrianised, and this makes an easy and pleasant environment to walk around. There are two main axes of central shopping streets which meet at Fargate. The first and longer of the two runs in a gently curving line from south-west to north-east. From south to north you will find:

  • The Moor (Many buses stop on Pinstone Street and Eyre Street.). A broad pedestrianised street in the process of being regenerated. Here you can find a large covered market and a slightly bizarre mix of discount retailers and department stores (including Debenhams, TJ Hughes and Sheffield's very own independent and idiosyncratic Atkinsons).
  • The Peace Gardens (Supertram: City Hall). Bordered with bars, cafés and shops.
  • Orchard Square (Supertram: City Hall). A precinct between Fargate and the High Street mainly containing fashion outlets and jewellers, but also a large Waterstones bookshop, a nice chocolatier and a Wargames Emporium.
  • Fargate (Supertram: Cathedral). Sheffield's main pedestrianised shopping street, where many chain stores can be found, including Dorothy Perkins, Footlocker, HMV, Marks & Spencer, Next, Top Shop and USC. There are often markets on Fargate, with past themes as diverse as arts and craft, gardening, continental, middle eastern bazaar and the popular Christmas Market.
  • Chapel Walk (Supertram: Cathedral). A narrow alley off Fargate with a number of interesting independent stores and cosy cafés.
  • High Street (Supertram: Cathedral / Castle Square / Fitzalan Square). Where buses and trams run uphill towards the Cathedral. Larger shops include HMV, Primark, Sports Direct and TK Maxx.
  • Castlegate Quarter (Supertram: Castle Square). An inexpensive district, which is far from looking its best at the moment and would be better avoided, the cheap street market notwithstanding.

The second axis heads west from Fargate. From east to west, you will find:

  • Barkers Pool (Supertram: City Hall). A square dominated by its war memorial, has the City Hall theatre on one side and a large John Lewis department store on the other, as well as smaller shops.
  • Division Street (Supertram: City Hall / West Street). Along with surrounding areas of the "Devonshire Quarter", Division Street is Sheffield's indie area. There are a number of alternative clothing and vintage stores, as well as the fascinatingly quirky Rare & Racy book and record shop and a prominent sex shop.
  • West Street (Supertram: West Street (duh!)). One block north and parallel to Division Street, where many pubs and bars can be found, as well as a selection of independent clothes retailers.

There are a number of food shops and markets which may be of use to those staying in the city centre: The Co-operative in Castlegate, Marks & Spencer on Fargate, the aforementioned Moor Market, Sainsbury's on Arundel Gate, Division Street and The Moor, Tesco on West Street and Church Street and the very popular Simmonite butcher and fishmonger, also on Division Street.


Outside the city centre

  • MeadowhallS9 1EP (By road, M1 junction 34. National Rail, bus and Supertram: Meadowhall Interchange. Alternative Supertram: Tinsley / Meadowhall South. The rail service from Sheffield Midland is cheaper, quicker and more frequent than the tram or bus routes.),  +44 845 600 6800. Shops: M–F 10AM–9PM, Sa 9AM–8PM, Su 11AM–5PM, Oasis Food Court: M–Sa 9AM–10PM, Su 10AM–9PM. One of the largest shopping centres in the country, with 280 high-end stores and over 30 million visitors every year. Given its size and pre-eminent status in the region, Meadowhall is always busy and often crowded, making it a less relaxed environment than the city centre, albeit with a more complete retail experience.
  • Crystal Peaks, Beighton, S20 7PJ (In the south eastern suburb of Beighton. Supertram: Crystal Peaks),  +44 114 251-0457. M–W Sa 9AM–5:30PM Th F 9AM–8PM Su 10AM–4PM. A smaller shopping centre than Meadowhall with around 100 shops.
  • Sheffield Antiques QuarterAround Heeley, Nether Edge and Sharrow (Along and between Abbeydale Road and Broadfield Road. Served by bus routes 20, 25, 53, 74, 76, 87, 97 and 98). The place for antiques, arts and crafts, rare books and retro and vintage clothing, with around 40 participating businesses. A useful trail map can be downloaded here.

Suburbs

  • Broomhill is a fairly self-contained area: a pleasant mix of student neighbourhood and well-heeled suburb. Only a mile from the city centre, it has an interesting range of shops from inexpensive to trendy. Music lovers should make time for the impressive second-hand vinyl / CD collection at Record Collector on Fulwood Road. Sci-Fi enthusiasts would be advised to head to Galaxy 4 on Glossop Road, which has a particularly fine selection of Doctor Who merchandise. Served by bus routes 51, 52 and 120.
  • Ecclesall Road's independent fashion shops, bars, cafés and restaurants run from the inner ring road for over a mile out to the bohemian Hunters Bar. Served by bus routes 65, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 88, 215 and 272.
  • Hillsborough has a large shopping area comparable in size and scope to that of many town centres around England. The high street has all the old-fashioned essentials including a butcher, a baker and a, erm, hardware store. The Hillsborough Barracks outdoor shopping centre contains a variety of local and chain stores and a Morrisons hypermarket. Supertram: Hillsborough Interchange.
  • London Road (Immediately south of St Mary's Gate (Inner Ring Road). Bus: 10, 20, 25, 33, 43, 53, 294, X17). Unofficially - and inaccurately - known as "Sheffield's Chinatown", this buzzing inner city road is in fact one of the most ethnically diverse areas of Sheffield. There are indeed many Chinese restaurants and stores as well as the Sheffield Chinese Community Centre, but there are also large Arabic, Japanese, Polish, Thai and Turkish populations. In the area is Sheffield's main mosquewhich welcomes visitors by appointment.
  • Although international food shops can be found all over Sheffield, areas of particular note include Attercliffe and Darnall for South Asian, Burngreave for African and West Indian and Sharrow for Arabic, Chinese, Eastern European and Turkish.

Restaurants

There are many good, cheap places to eat in and around the city. If you would rather stay in and still want to have a taste of what Sheffield has to offer, you can always opt for food from one of the takeaways in Sheffield . Usually prices range from £7 to £20 for a meal for two.


Budget

  • Aslan's187 West Street, S1 4EW (Supertram: West Street),+44 114 272-7888. (In)famous Halal kebab shop that serves piles of salty meat. See if you can find yourself (or get yourself) on the walls packed with photographs of customers.
  • Béres (The Pork Sandwich Shop), various locations+44 114 251-7717, e-mail: . Sheffield's very own chain of "pork sandwich shops" sells deliciously fresh baps filled with pork meat and stuffing with crackling and apple sauce on request. Also serves a selection of tasty pies. Proper northern food!
  • Balti King216 Fulwood Road, Broomhill S10 3BB (Bus: 51, 52),  +44 114 266-6655. M–Th 5PM–3AM, F Sa 5PM–4AM, Su 5PM–2AM. Long standing Indian restaurant and take-away. Popular with students, huge menu of good dishes. Has the advantage of being open very late so is perfect for a post-clubbing curry.
  • Broomhill Friery197 Whitham Road, Broomhill, S10 2SP (Bus: 51, 52). M–F 12PM–3:15AM, Sa 4:30PM–3:15AM, Su 4:30PM–12AM. Popular chip shop with an unofficial affiliation with Sheffield actor Sean Bean. Choose from the Ned Stark Chicken Burger, the Boromir Beefburger and the (Sean) Beanburger!
  • Coopland's BakeryVarious locations,  +44 1302 818000fax: +44 1302 329776. Cheap as chips local bakery chain, offering a more characterful and authentically Yorkshire experience than national rival Greggs.
  • Cossack Cuisine58 Eldon Street, S1 4GT (Just off Devonshire Green),  +44 7944 093255. F, Sa 7PM–11PM. Fresh and handmade Russian food using ingredients sourced locally to Sheffield. As of August 2015, number 1 Sheffield restaurant on Tripadvisor
  • The Interval, Western Bank, S10 2TN (Within the University of Sheffield's Student Union. Supertram: University). M–F 9:30AM–11PM, Sa 11AM–11PM, Su 12PM–11PM. A café-bar with a much more relaxed atmosphere than the main student bar (Bar One) downstairs, the Interval is open to the public all day and serves a good value menu of snacks and meals. Also popular for the meat and vegetarian hangover breakfasts and Sunday lunches at the weekend.
  • PJ Taste249 Glossop Road, S10 2GZ (Supertram: University),  +44 114 275-5971. M–F 8AM–4PM. A cafe great for its takeaway salad lunch boxes, usually a chicken or fish fillet served with pearl barley or couscous, plus lettuce, tomatoes, olives, feta cheese and a salsa dip.
  • Spoilt For Choice432 Ecclesall Road, S11 8PX+44 114 266-1666fax: +44 114 266-3042, e-mail: . M–F 7:45AM–4:30PM; Sa 8:30AM–4:30PM; Su 09:30AM–04:30PM. Freshly prepared breakfast menu, sandwiches, soups, stews, salads, cakes, and barista-made coffee.
  • Street Food ChefTwo city centre locations at 98 Pinstone Street ("Burrito Bar" - take away) and 90 Arundel Street ("Mexican Canteen" - eat in and take away). A Mexican-themed restaurant / bar offering burritos and tacos, using locally-sourced meat and fresh ingredients.
  • Taco Bell485 Ecclesall Road, S11 8PP / 116-118 Devonshire Street, S3 7SF. Two of currently very few Taco Bells in the UK. They may be headed for market dominance, but if they do get there it started here!
  • Woody's Sandwich Bar657 Ecclesall Road. One of the city's best Sandwich shacks, with queues out the door at weekends. Handmade sandwiches, like the legendary 'Full Monty' breakfast sandwich to hot baguettes with fillings. Also dishes out some yummy freshly baked cookies.
  • Zanzibar257 Fulwood Road+44 114 268-7807. Superb African restaurant. Complicated menu and specials (especially for students on different nights of the week) but excellent food and African drums to try out.

Mid-range

  • Baan Thai on Ecclesall Road is an excellent Thai restaurant.
  • BB's, Division Street. A long standing favourite of families and students in Sheffield's city centre. A small family run business that does decent Italian food and is reasonably priced. Bring your own beer and wine.
  • Café Rouge, two branches on Norfolk Street (near the Peace Gardens) and Ecclesall Road. Reliable and classy chain of French bistro-restaurants.
  • Cubana34 Trippet Ln. Absolute diamond just off the bottom of west street. Live Cuban music most nights, large range of tapas, amazing atmosphere. Small and sexy. Great restaurant for a first date.
  • Crucible Corner in Tudor Square. Traditional and modern British dishes.
  • East One, in the West One plaza. Japanese canteen-style restaurant with huge stir fries and soups. Shame about the badly design and echo-ey space it occupies.
  • Efes, Glossop Road. Authentic Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine. The fact that it gets frequented by some of Sheffield's Turkish residents shows the food is the 'real deal'.
  • Las Iguanas West One, Fitzwilliam Street. Great party atmosphere and lovely Latin American food. Good place for a night out in Sheffield.
  • Silversmiths Arundel Street, next to Hallam University. A good quality restaurant specialising in British produce. Famous for its Tuesday Pie Nights, and having been on Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares. Also serves pre-theatre menus well suited to its position near to the Crucible and Lyceum theatres.
  • Sushi Express an excellent value and tasty sushi restaurant offering an extensive range of sushi, sashimi, Bento boxes and soups. All made fresh to order.

Splurge

  • The Old Vicarage, Ridgeway Village. Sheffield's only Michelin-starred restaurant; probably the best food in Sheffield. Expect to pay around £55 per head excluding wine.
  • La Gondola, Carver Street. Highly recommended for Italian cuisine.
  • Wasabisabi, London Road. Very popular Japanese restaurant; highly recommended.
  • Nonna's, Ecclesall Road. Robust and authentic Italian dishes in busy surroundings. Speciality home-made pastas.
  • Milestone, Ball Street, Kelham Island. A high quality, and award winning, restaurant situated within the former industrial Kelham Island area, within proximity to Shalesmoor Tram Stop. Sister restaurant on Campo Lane behind the Cathedral.
  • La Vaca, Broomhill. Excellent South American-style steaks.
  • BrownsSt Paul's Parade. High quality food and a lively atmosphere.

Sunday Lunch

  • Fat Cat (on Kelham Island). Excellent Sunday meals and wide choice of real ale.
  • Poacher's Arms (in the Hope Valley). Has an excellent Sunday Carvery.

Sights & Landmarks


City Centre

Sheffield city centre has plenty to offer the visitor. It is home to the UK's largest theatre complex outside of London, several nationally-important museums and galleries and a host of smaller attractions and unique dining and shopping experiences.

  • Bank Street Arts32 - 40 Bank St, S1 2DS (Not well-advertised on the street; pay attention to the house numbers and you will find it. Supertram: Cathedral.),  +44 114 346-3034. W–Sa 11AM–4PM. Arts centre which houses some of the best new art, writing and culture from across the region and throughout the UK. Free
  • Central LibraryTudor Sq, S1 1XZ (National Rail and Supertram: Sheffield Station),  +44 114 273-4727. M Tu Th F 9:30AM–5:30PM, W 1PM–8PM, Sa 10AM–4PM, Su closed. A grand 1930s library in Art Deco style with an impressive volume of books. Free
  • Graves GallerySurrey St, S1 1XZ (Above the Central Library. National Rail and Supertram: Sheffield Station), +44 114 278-2600, e-mail: . Tu, Th–Sa 10AM–4PM; W 1PM–6PM; Closed 24 Dec–2 Jan. Sheffield's municipal art collection. Home to British, European, Islamic and Chinese art. Includes works by Picasso, Stanley Spencer and Bridget Riley. Often has notable travelling exhibitions. Free
  • Millennium GalleryArundel Gate, S1 2PP (National Rail and Supertram: Sheffield Station.),  +44 114 278-2600, e-mail: . M–Sa 8AM–5PM (exhibitions from 10AM), Su 11AM–5PM. Bank holidays 10AM-5PM, closed 25, 26 Dec and 1 Jan. A gallery dedicated to arts and craft and design. There are three permanent galleries, and one temporary exhibition space. The Craft and Design Gallery always shows the work of local craftsmen and artists, past and present, though the exact subject matter and content changes regularly. The Metalwork Gallery includes an extensive collection of Sheffield-made cutlery and extravagant pieces made for the local Assay Office. The Ruskin Gallery hosts the collection of the Guild of Saint George, which was established by John Ruskin in the 19th century. The current special exhibition is Made in Sheffield, a collection of the astonishing range of products manufactured in the city. Until 8 January 2017. 
  • National Emergency Services MuseumWest Bar, S3 8PT (Supertram: Cathedral (500 yards), follow pedestrian signs for Law Courts), +44 114 249-1999, e-mail: . Sa Su 11AM–5PM, school term time W–F 10AM–2PM, school holidays M–F 10AM–4PM, closed between Christmas and New Year. The world's largest collection of vehicles, uniforms and memorabilia from the police force, fire brigade and ambulance service. Adults: £8; Children 3–15 years old: £6; Children under 3 years old: free; Families: £22; Concessions: £7; 999 staff: free
  • Peace GardensPinstone St, S1 2HH (Adjacent to the Town Hall. Supertram: Cathedral). The rising and falling fountains and grassed areas make this small piece of open space popular in summer, with many people choosing to eat picnics here. The gardens are also often used for festivals and entertainment. 
  • Sheffield Cathedral (The Cathedral Church of St Peter and St Paul), Church St, S1 1HA (Supertram: Cathedral), e-mail: . Tu–F 8AM–6:30PM; Sa 8AM–4PM; Su, M 8AM–5PM. Sheffield's newly-renovated 13th Century cathedral. Not to be missed are the crypt - dedicated to the York and Lancaster Regiment of the British Army, the 1960s nave and the gargoyles on the intricate gatepost. Free guided tours are available on request and last around 45 minutes. Free
  • SIA Gallery (Sheffield Institute of Arts), 153 Arundel Street, S1 2NU (Bus: Arundel Lane stop (6, 18, 32, 35, 56, 65, 65a, 70, 85, 215, 252, A1); National Rail and Supertram: Sheffield Station, 500 yards),  +44 114 225 6956, e-mail: . Open every day 10AM–5PM (Th–Tu) –8PM (W). Showcases art from Sheffield Hallam University and the wider community, as well as visiting artists, with a focus on contemporary fine art. Always challenging, often thought-provoking and moving, previous exhibitors include David Mellor, Jake and Dinos Chapman and Ken Garland. A visit to the gallery is complemented by exploring the SIA itself, which is in the beautifully repurposed central post office building 10 minutes' walk north on Fitzalan Square. It has a cafe and its own exhibition space. Free
  • Winter Garden90 Surrey St, S1 2LH (Adjacent to Millennium Galleries. National Rail and Supertram: Sheffield Station). Daily 8AM–6PM. The largest urban glasshouse in Europe, built spectacularly in glass and timber, and home to exotic ferns, trees, cacti and other plants from around the world. Temperatures are kept relatively cool in summer and warm in winter. A coffee bar inside makes it a pleasant place to sit, particularly if the weather outside is not so nice. There is a visitor information stall in the gardens, space for a pop-up shop and a tourist information centre on nearby Norfolk Row. Free

Further out

  • Abbeydale Industrial HamletAbbeydale Road South, Beauchief, S7 2QW (Bus: 97 and 98. National Rail: Dore & Totley, ½ mile), +44 114 272-2106, e-mail: . M–Th 10AM–4PM, Su 11AM–4:45PM; Closed (rather annoyingly) F and Sa. The early industrial history of Sheffield, including water-powered grinding wheels and trip hammers, set among a collection of Grade I- and II-listed buildings. Adults £4, Concessions £3, Under 16s Free
  • Botanical GardensClarkehouse Road, Broomhall, S10 2LN (Bus: 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 88 to Ecclesall Road, entrance on Thompson Road),  +44 114 268-6001. The restored Victorian gardens are a tranquil green oasis to which to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Highlights include the formal borders, the rose garden and the Mediterranean zone, as well as some rather grand glass houses designed by Joseph Paxton. Look out for the semi-hidden bear pit, which was indeed home to a bear in the 19th century, until (according to local legend at least) a young boy fell in and was mauled to death. Free
  • Cholera Monument, Norfolk Road, S2 2SX (500 yard steep uphill walk from Sheffield Station's Supertram platforms.). Open all day. A monument to and burial ground for 402 victims of the 1832 cholera outbreak, located in a lovely park and woodland setting and with commanding views over the city centre. Worth slogging up the hill for. Free
  • General CemeteryCemetery Avenue, Sharrow, S11 8NT (Bus: 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 88 to Ecclesall Road. Walk down the appropriately named Cemetery Avenue.),  +44 114 268-3486, e-mail: . Open all day. Historically important Victorian cemetery, which is the final "home" for 87,000 people, including influential Sheffielders such as steel manufacturer Mark Firth and Chartist Samuel Holberry. Many of the graves are unmarked pauper graves, some with 40 or more burials in one grave. A beautiful and fascinating spot, where visitors can enjoy some atmospheric wildness near the centre of town. Free
  • Kelham Island MuseumAlma Street, Kelham Island, S3 8RY (Supertram: Shalesmoor (½ mile), from where the museum is well-signposted),  +44 114 272-2106, e-mail: . M–Th 10AM–4PM, Su 11AM–4:45PM. The industrial and social history of Sheffield. Main attraction is the massive 3-cylinder rolling mill engine (in steam every hour) from the River Don Steelworks. Adults £5, Concessions £4, Under 16s Free
  • S1 Artspace21-24 South Street, Park Hill, S2 5QX (National Rail / Supertram: Sheffield Station. 500 yard walk steep uphill to Park Hill estate.), +44 114 275 6131, e-mail: . Open during exhibitions W–S 12PM–5PM. Located in Park Hill, an iconic Grade-II* listed brutalist council estate, this is an exhibition and studio space run for and by local artists. In the grounds is a permanent sculpture park, which is still under development. Free.
  • Shepherd Wheel Workshopoff Hangingwater Road, S11 2YE (Within Whiteley Woods, accessible to pedestrians from Hangingwater Road. Parking and bus (83, 83a): Rustings Road),  +44 114 2722106, e-mail: . Sa, Su, bank holiday M 10AM–4PM (summer) / 11AM–3PM (winter). A grade-II listed small cutlery workshop powered only by the rushing waters of Porter Brook. A water-powered cottage cutlery industry flourished in the area between the 1500s and 1930s. See the waterwheel and other machinery in action. Museum partially accessible to disabled visitors. Free
  • Victoria Quays (Sheffield Canal Basin), Wharf Street, S2 5SY (Supertram: Fitzalan Square, 700 yards. Walk across the pedestrian and tram bridge to Park Square, and follow the signs). An attractive canal basin, with colourful narrowboats and old warehouses. The starting point for boat trips in summer.
  • Weston ParkWestern Bank, S10 2TP (Surrounded by University of Sheffield buildings. Bus: 51, 52, 95. Supertram: University, 500 yards). This grand 5 hectare park, a mixture of mature landscaped trees and flower beds, includes a working bandstand, war memorial to the York and Lancaster Regiment's dead, tennis courts and water features. The park plays host to many events during summer. 
  • Weston Park MuseumWestern Bank, S10 2TP (Within Weston Park itself. Bus: 51 and 52. Supertram: University, 700 yards),  +44 114 278-2600, e-mail: . M–F 10AM–4PM, Sa & Bank Holidays 10AM–5PM, Su 11AM–4PM. A pleasant and modern museum, particularly suitable for children, situated in a fittingly grand old building. Galleries on Sheffield's natural and social history as well as the Arctic, art and treasures. The temporary gallery often hosts touring exhibitions from the Victoria and Albert Museum. Free

Museums & Galleries

Sheffield's museums are managed by two distinct organisations. Museums Sheffield manages the Weston Park Museum (a Grade II* listed Building), Millennium Galleries and Graves Art Gallery. Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust manages the museums dedicated to Sheffield's industrial heritage of which there are three. Kelham Island Museum (located just to the North of the city centre) showcases the city's history of steel manufacturing. Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet (in the south of the city) is a Grade I Listed building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Shepherd Wheel (in the south-East of the city) is a former water-powered grinding workshop, Grade II listed and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Things to do

  • A&G Passenger BoatsVictoria Quays, Wharf Street, S2 5SY (Supertram: Fitzalan Square, 700 yards. Walk across the pedestrian and tram bridge to Park Square, and follow the signs to Victoria Quays.),  +44 114 278-6314. Jul–Aug. Take a "Heritage Cruise" down the Sheffield and Tinsley Canal on board the LB Hardfleet. Turn-up-and-go and booking both possible.Adults £7.50–9.50, Children £5.50–8.50, Over 60s £6.50–7.50, Family (2 adults & 2 children) £21.50.
  • Heeley City FarmRichards Road, Heeley, S2 3DT (Bus: 19, 47, 252 to Prospect Road; 10, 20, 25, 43, 44, 53, 294, C2, X17 to Wells Road.),  +44 114 258-0482fax: +44 114 255-1400, e-mail: . Open every day 9:00AM–5:00PM. Inner city farm and environmental visitor centre with a range of farm animals, poultry, small animals, gardens and vegetable plots. Visitors may undertake farm duties on a voluntary basis. Free
  • Spa 187765 Victoria Street, S3 7QD (Supertram: West Street),  +44 114 221-1877. Unisex M W 10AM–8:30PM, Su 9AM–6:30PM. Women only Tu Th–Sa 10AM–8:30PM. Restored Victorian Turkish baths (hamam) offering a range of treatments and spa days to suit almost any budget. £30–£195.
  • Steel City Ghost Tours (Most tours meet on the steps of the Town Hall, Pinstone Street, S1 2HH. Supertram: Cathedral),  +44 114 220-3269, e-mail: . M, W, Th 7:30. Join "Mr P. Dreadful" for a two-hour walking tour of Sheffield's haunted buildings and sites of ghostly goings on. A monthly crime and murder tour and a range of other tours and talks are available throughout the year. Some tours are family, others less so. Very silly and surprisingly scary. Tours: Adults £5; Students, Pensioners £4; Children under 13 £2.50. No booking required. Other prices may vary.
  • Peak District: With Britain's first national park on their doorstep, it's no surprise that Sheffielders spend so much of their leisure time just beyond the city limits. A haven for hiking, mountain biking, climbing, off-roading, paragliding and watersports, the locals treat the Peak District like one big playground; you should do too! 

Theatreland

Second only to London's West End as the UK's greatest concentration of theatres and cinemas, Sheffield's Theatreland is based on and around the pedestrianised Tudor Square, in the east of the City Centre.

  • Crucible TheatreTudor Square, S1 1DA (Supertram: Castle Square), +44 114 249-6000, e-mail: . As well as being Sheffield's largest and best-known theatre, the Crucible is also home to the widely televised annual World Snooker Championships. 
  • Curzon Cinema16 George Street, S1 2PF (Supertram: Castle Square. The narrow George Street runs between the High Street and Norfolk Street),  +44 330 500-1331. Open every day 12 midday to midnight. A three-screen "boutique cinema" in a tastefully-restored Grade II-listed former bank, with several lounge areas and a popular rooftop bar.
  • Library TheatreTudor Square, S1 1XZ (Inside the Central Library. Supertram: Castle Square),  +44 114 273-4102, e-mail: . Shows productions by local amateur dramatics groups.
  • Lyceum TheatreTudor Square, S1 1DA (Supertram: Castle Square),  +44 114 249-6000, e-mail: . This beautiful 19th Century theatre offers Sheffield's best selection of productions alongside the Crucible 
  • Montgomery TheatreSurrey St, S1 2LG (Supertram: Cathedral),  +44 114 249-6000. Methodist-run theatre which shows productions aimed at families and younger audiences.
  • Odeon CinemaArundel Gate, S1 1DL (Supertram: Castle Square), +44 871 224 4007. Slightly shabby multiplex showing all the latest cinema releases
  • Showroom Cinema15 Paternoster Row, S1 2BX (National Rail and Supertram: Sheffield Station),  +44 114 275-7727. Sheffield's largest independent cinema, showing a range of independent and foreign film 
  • Studio TheatreTudor Square, S1 1DA (Within the Crucible. Supertram: Castle Square),  +44 114 249-6000, e-mail: . Auditorium within the Crucible for smaller-scale productions

Other theatres and cinemas

  • Cineworld IMAX CinemaValley Centertainment, Broughton Lane, S9 2EP (Located in the Valley Centertainment leisure park. Supertram: Valley Centertainment), +44 871 200 2000. Multiplex cinema with 20 large screens - one of the busiest cinemas in the country and the largest Cineworld branch. Also includes an IMAX screen, showing films on a massive screen in 3D, and a 4DX screen, showing 3D films complete with motion and tactile effects.
  • Drama StudioShearwood Road, West End, S10 2TD (Fronts onto Glossop Road. Bus: 6, 10, 51, 120. Supertram: University (500 yards)),  +44 114 222 0200, e-mail: . Box office: M–F 9:30AM–5PM. 200-seat theatre owned by the University of Sheffield, atmospherically located in a converted Victorian church. Regular productions by both students and local drama groups, including couple of foreign-language (mainly French and Spanish) productions throughout the year.
  • Lantern TheatreKenwood Park Road, Nether Edge S7 1NF (Bus route 22 stops at the end of Kenwood Park Road.),  +44 333 666 3366, e-mail: . Sheffield's oldest and smallest theatre, located in a quiet Victorian residential neighbourhood 
  • Sheffield City HallBarkers Pool, S1 2JA (Supertram: City Hall), +44 114 278-9789. A large venue which hosts concerts, opera, dance and comedy gigs.
  • Theatre Delicatessen17 The Moor, S1 4PF (Bus: Moorfoot stop (6, 30, 30a, 52, 52a, 72, 72a, 85, 95, 120, 181, 271, 273, 274, 275, X30); Supertram: City Hall (½ mile)). Daytime: Tu–Sa 11AM–4PM; Evening: Th–Sa 7PM–11PM. Email through online contact form. Converted from a Woolworths shop in 2014, this edgy venue is a hybrid of many uses: theatre, arts centre, tea room and community centre. Sheffield's home of leftfield drama productions by night, host to tea parties, experimental art sessions and social events by day.
  • Vue CinemaMeadowhall, S9 1EP (In the Oasis Food Court of the Meadowhall Centre. National Rail and Supertram: Meadowhall Interchange),  +44 871 224 0240. Medium-sized multiplex

Sport

Sheffield is England's National City of Sport and is home to a number of top sporting teams:

  • Sheffield United Football Club (The Blades), home matches played at Bramall Lane Stadium, Bramall Lane, S2 4SU (National Rail: Sheffield Station, 1 mile. Supertram: Granville Road, ½ mile. Many fans simply walk from the city centre or railway station.). After promotion to the Premier League in 2006, a series of boardroom mistakes and managerial changes have meant that the Blades now play in League One.
  • Sheffield Wednesday Football Club (The Owls), home matches played at Hillsborough Stadium, Hillsborough, S6 1SW (Supertram: Leppings Lane). The Owls play in the Championship, the second tier of English football. Financial mis-management and poor executive decisions have seen Wednesday suffer two relegations in the past 10 years. There is a memorial to the 1989 Hillsborough Disaster, which claimed the lives of 96 Liverpool FC fans, outside the Parkside Road entrance to the stadium.
  • Sheffield Eagles (rugby league), home matches played at Owlerton Greyhound Stadium, Penistone Road, S6 2DE (Supertram: Hillsborough Park, ½ mile). A Rugby League team that play in National League One.
  • Sheffield Hockey Clubhome games played at Abbeydale Sports Club, Abbeydale Road South, S17 3LJ (National Rail: Dore & Totley). One of the top hockey clubs in the UK, playing both men and women's teams at all levels both indoors and outdoors.
  • Sheffield Sharks (basketball), homes games played at Ponds Forge, Sheaf Street, S1 2BP (Supertram: Fitzalan Square). Basketball team that plays in the British Basketball League.
  • Sheffield Steelers (ice hockey), homes games played at the Motorpoint Arena, S9 2DE (Supertram: Arena). An ice hockey team that play in the UK Elite League. There is a strong family ethos within the club, and the match atmosphere rather Americanised, in great contrast to what you would find at local football.
  • Sheffield Tigers (speedway motoracing), Owlerton Greyhound Stadium, Penistone Road, S6 2DE (Supertram: Hillsborough Park, ½ mile). A Speedway team in the English Premier League.
  • Sheffield Steel Roller Girls and The Inhuman League (rollerblading), various venues around the city including Ponds Forge and Skate Central. Sheffield's women's and men's flat-track roller derby teams.

Sports Centres

  • Ponds Forge International Sports CentreSheaf Street, S1 2BP (Supertram: Fitzalan Square),  +44 114 223-3419, e-mail: . M–F 6:30AM–9:30PM, Sa Su 8:00AM–8:00PM. A huge gymnasium and swimming centre with Olympic-sized pool, diving pool and fun pool with waves, flumes and lazy river.
  • iceSheffieldColeridge Road, Attercliffe, S9 5DA (Supertram: Arena),  +44 114 223-3900, e-mail: . Tu–Su open all day. A big indoor ice sports centre near the attractions of the Lower Don Valley. Two full-sized ice pads for ice sports and recreational skating. Adult peak £5.50, off-peak and concession prices vary.

Walks

Sheffield City Council has a portal for the complete list of the many interesting walks throughout the city's urban, suburban, industrial and rural landscapes, but here are five of the best:

Mainly urban

  • Five Weirs Walk (Start at the Lady's Bridge, which is directly downhill from the Castlegate bus stops and Castle Square tram station). 5 miles, can be extended or shortened. A walk between the city centre and Meadowhall along the River Don through many interesting neighbourhoods, including industrial wasteland, the still-living steelworks, Sheffield's Sikh temple, and the unexpected treats of nature reserves and ancient cemeteries. Kingfishers and otters can be seen, even in the heart of the city. Although you can catch the tram or train back into town from Meadowhall, more active travellers may wish to continue along the river into Tinsley and Rotherham, or else complete the "Blue Loop" by making the return journey on foot along the Sheffield and Tinsley Canal.
  • Norfolk Heritage Trail (Starts near St Aidans Road bus stop - routes 42, 44, 50, 53, 71, 120, 122, 123, 294 - and ends at Cathedral Supertram station.). 2¾ miles. A signed route between Manor Lodge and the cathedral, linking a range of historical buildings and open spaces with connections to the Dukes of Norfolk. You will see brilliant views of the city from the Cholera Monument.
  • Sheffield Town Walk (Starts and ends at Cathedral tram station). 2 miles. Circular walk around the historic city centre, taking in the Cathedral Quarter, canal basin, law courts and Kelham Island.

Mainly rural

  • Rivelin Valley Nature Trail (Starts a short distance from Malin Bridge tram station and ends at Lodge Moor bus stop - the number 51 will take you back into town). 4 miles, shorter circular walks at either end possible. Where the city meets the Peak District. This popular conservation area is home to a great deal of wildlife. Several well-maintained footpaths and bridleways make this an excellent choice for families, with very easy walking routes.
  • Wyming Brook Nature Reserve (Car park on site. The nearest bus stop (Lodge Moor - route 51) is 1 mile away, which while not ideal still makes the walk accessible to those relying on public transport.). This gorge is now a protected nature reserve. A rocky footpath leads you from the car park down along the bottom of the gorge, crossing the stream several times, to a reservoir. There are many possible walks of varying lengths you could try.

Hiking boots are recommended on all walks, especially the more rural routes. Since Sheffield is extremely hilly, most walks have lots of ups and downs to them.

Festivals and events

While the events calendar hits its peak in October, there are many other festivals worth attending at all times of the year. Events are listed January to December, so events taking place in the latter half of the current year are listed near the bottom.

  • Outlines: 3-4 March 2017 . Various city centre venues. A music festival and winter spin-off of Tramlines, sadly without the same low prices and free gigs as its popular parent event.
  • Sheffield Food Festival: 27-29 May 2017 . Around the City Centre. A culinary festival showcasing Sheffield's best offerings of food and drink with fresh hot food stalls, pop up bars, cookery master classes and local produce markets.
  • Yorkshire Cosplay Con: 3-4 June 2017 . Sheffield Arena. Family-friendly costume convention. Go as your favourite character from anime, sci-fi, comics or video games.
  • Sheffield DocFest: 9-14 June 2017 . Showroom Cinema. One of the biggest and best documentary film festivals in the world.
  • Tramlines: 21-23 July 2017 . City Hall, Devonshire Green, the Peace Gardens and other venues. Sheffield's annual summer music festival attracts well over 100 artists and groups, and is well-known for its cheap (and often free) concerts.
  • Sheffield Film and Comic Con: 12-13 August 2017 . Sheffield Arena. Stars and memorabilia from film, TV and wrestling appear in the Steel City.
  • Festival of the Mind: September 2018 . In and around the University of Sheffield. A biannual celebration of ideas, incorporating the arts, philosophy, science and technology.
  • Last Laugh Comedy Festival: October 2017 . City Hall; Lyceum Theatre; other venues. The UK's biggest stand-up names come together for a month in the Steel City.
  • Off The Shelf (Festival of Words): October - November 2017 . Over 200 author events, book readings, poetry recitals, debates and workshops, at various venues around town.
  • Sheffield Design Week: October 2017 . A "citywide celebration of design in all its forms", including graphic design, architecture, manufacturing, fashion and film. Features exhibitions, workshops, talks, guided walks and installations.
  • After Dark: 5 November 2017 . Don Valley Grass Bowl. Sheffield's annual bonfire night celebrations with fireworks to music. Bonfire lit: 7:30PM, fireworks: 9PM
  • MADE Festival (Entrepreneur Festival): November 2017 . Crucible Theatre. The UK's largest business and entrepreneurship festival featuring success stories, masterclasses and fringe events.
  • Christmas Market: 18 November - 24 December 2017 . Fargate. Traditional wooden cabins offering many gifts and treats including hand-made craft and seasonal food and drink. Come after dark and see the lights.

Nightlife

The city is known for its wide variety of traditional pubs, most of which serve local ales. The nightlife is lively: there are almost 30 nightclubs, numerous bars and restaurants to suit all budgets, six theatres and three city-centre cinemas.


Pubs

Sheffield is well known for its large number of pubs (Public Houses). From dark and Victorian to sleek and modern; and from traditional real-ale haven to noisy standing-room-only bar, you can easily find a pub in Sheffield to suit your taste in beer, music and company. However, most city-centre pubs are more oriented towards fast drinking students and clubbers; on West Street in particular (linking the university with the city centre) you will find many pubs and bars which during the week become busy with students and younger customers. Finding quieter pubs in which to sample something other than the usual chain-pub lager requires delving a little deeper beneath the surface.

For the unimaginative, you'll find the usual Wetherspoons and All Bar One chain pubs, throughout the city centre serving cheap lager, hand-pulled ales and reasonably priced food in a smoke (and atmosphere) free environment.

Hybrid bar-pubs manage to maintain something of a pub atmosphere, and sell real ale at reasonable prices, while still pulling in the crowds. They are used as much by people who want a good range of beer at good prices, as by "yoofs" after a good night out. They are probably doing a good job of persuading at least some lager drinkers to switch to traditional ales.

  • The Old House113-117 Devonshire Street. Great indy bar with the towns biggest range of imported bottled beers and a decent range of local ales. Along with very reasonably priced food, amazing cocktails, good music and a nice crowd this is a must visit in Sheffield.
  • The Washington on Fitzwilliam St near Devonshire Green. Great music pub, used to be owned by Nick Banks from the band "Pulp". Relaxed atmosphere, varied DJ nights. Open till 1AM every night except Sunday till midnight. Large beer garden and smoking area at the back of the pub.
  • The Frog & Parrot on Division Street is a popular pub with a long history, in days gone by offering what it claimed as the strongest ale legally served in a British pub. These days it offers food and locally-brewed real ales and often features live music.
  • The Devonshire Cat on Wellington Street, just south of Devonshire Green, offers a large range of beers and ciders, including dozens of imported European beers. Also has 2 guest ciders on tap at all times. The city centre sister pub to the remoter Fat Cat on Kelham Island.
  • The Bessemer (previously The Fountain) on Leopold Street is a modern, quite upmarket pub with a strong focus on its traditional English menu.
  • Sheffield Tap occupies the refurbished Edwardian dining rooms at Sheffield Train station and offers a vast selection of beers from cask, tap and bottle that could rival any other Sheffield venue. Surroundings are thankfully lacking in the usually ubiquitous flat screen television. The only background music are the trains arriving and departing the station. The entrance is equally unpretentious so may be hard to find - it's at the north end of the station near the pedestrian crossing to the bus station, with another entrance straight onto platform 1.
  • Porter Cottage Sharrowvale Road. Indie jukebox, normal ales but amazing atmosphere. Landlady Mandy will know your life history by the time you leave. Get in early to get a decent table.

Sheffield's real gems are the handful of surviving traditional pubs and free houses, which generally have more room to sit down, quieter (or no) music, and real hand pumped ales.

  • The Brown Bear on Norfolk Street (close to the Sheffield Theatres and Winter Garden) offers what must be the cheapest beer in the city and an incredible mix of both theatre goers and local people.
  • The Red Deer on Pitt Street (just off Mappin Street), is another civilised dive with good range of beers, warming fireplaces, a small garden and friendly cats.
  • The Old Queen's Head on Pond Hill occupies the oldest domestic building in the city, dating from 1475 (according to some records).
  • Fagans on Broad Lane is a cosy chintz-free Irish pub with regular live music.
  • The Grapes (Flynns) on Trippet Lane may offer impromptu Irish or Folk music in the back room.
  • The Bath Hotel on Victoria Street (just off West Street) is tiny, free of piped music and friendly.
  • The Sportsman on Denby Street is popular with local customers and will probably have some rock music on the jukebox.

There are more warm and welcoming traditional pubs in Sheffield's suburbs. North-west of the city centre, in Crookes and Walkley (popular with students as places to live) are:

  • The Hallamshire House on Commonside is reputedly the only pub in Sheffield still housing a full-sized snooker table.
  • The Walkley Cottage on Bole Hill Road is friendly with good range of beer and good food.
  • Noah's Ark on Crookes has a good atmosphere and mix of students and locals.
  • The Freedom House has two halves: a lively "pool table-and-lager" side, and a quieter "grandmother's living room" side.
  • The Nottingham House or "The Notty" as it is better known has recently re-opened after an extensive refurbishment. Catering for locals,visitors and students alike, it really is a pub worth a visit. Home-made pies are a speciality and real ales are aplenty. Occasional live music on Thursday nights with acts from near and far. Pool table is very good value at 50p.
  • The Cobden View Situated on Cobden View Rd near Crookes, this small and charming independent pub serves great local ales until approx. 1AM most nights, and is always bursting with atmosphere and friendly locals.

Real ale fans from great distances come to "do" the real ale trail of Sheffield's Upper Don Valley, a route stretching from near the city centre almost to Hillsborough. The trail calls at:

  • The Kelham Island Tavern has won best Pub in Britain from Camra
  • The Fat Cat, hidden away on Alma Street, also a great stop for Sunday lunch.
  • The Wellington (used to be known as Cask and Cutler) on Henry Street.
  • The Gardeners Rest on Neepsend Lane (recently re-opened following the great flood of 2007).
  • Hillsborough Hotel A welcoming pub with a brewery underneath and hotel rooms above.
  • The New Barrack Tavern, A pub owned by Castle Rock and full of Character.
  • The Harlequin, The latest addition to The Ale Trail, more open plan and possibly less off putting to people who aren't used to real ale pubs than the others might seem.

The trail roughly parallels the tram route from the city centre to Hillsborough, so getting there and back is easy. All these pubs have a huge range of British draught real ales (some brewed by the pub) and most have a selection of bottle-conditioned beers from continental Europe (especially Belgium).

  • The Broadfield on Abbeydale Road in Nether Edge. A total refurb in December 2011 has finally seen this pub reach its full potential. The pub is now a decent size and serves a huge range of local (and further afield) cask ales, home-made pies and sausages, and stocks a whisky from every distillery in Scotland. Forget the City centre and head out to the suburbs!
  • The Sheaf View on Gleadless Road is a real ale hotspot. Famous for serving the south side of Sheffield with the local breweries and other guest ales with knowledgeable bar staff. Has a reputation for friendly Sheffield folk to relax there after hiking and climbing in The Peak. So called because of possible view of the Sheaf River although now obstructed by newer buildings.

Bars

Visiting Sheffield, you might be led to believe that students go out every day of the week. With some 55 000 university students this is hardly surprising. These are some of the more popular pubs.

  • The Common Room Devonshire Street. Large pool/sports bar. 12 American pool tables. Cheap drinks weekdays between 5 and 8 and a good cocktail menu. [www]
  • Forum Devonshire Street. Unique trendy café/bar (and shops) open late every night. Amazing outdoor patio on the Devonshire Green. [www]
  • Bungalows & Bears (formerly the Central fire station) Division Street. Retro-chic bar with fantastic atmosphere, amazing music and great veggie food menu. 2nd hand "retro" clothing market on a Sunday. Free board games (e.g., Tequila Jenga). Frequented by the Arctic Monkeys, trendies and students alike.
  • The Green Room Division Street. Compact bar, great range of bottled beers, great live indie music on a Wednesday.
  • The Wick at Both Ends West Street. Relaxed bar with comfy seating, and a fantastic drinks selection including cocktails served in watering cans. Popular with those avoiding the student pub crawls.
  • Revolution West:one. Standard entry in the popular vodka bar chain. Popular with "orange" good-looking people but don't let that put you off, good range of drinks and affordable food menu by day. Decent DJ sets and adjoining pool room.
  • Yates Division Street. Poor-performer (even for a chain bar). Avoid.
  • Crystal Carver Street. Expensive bar, amazing décor. Anti-student (except Wednesdays)
  • Ask Barkers pool. Student-friendly during week, tacky by weekend.
  • The Cutler Carver Street. Local choice, no students.
  • Corner house Carver Street. (Aka City Bar) good seating, standard drinks.
  • Bar One Glossop Road, near the University tram stop. The main bar of the University of Sheffield Student Union, which is understandably always full of students, and which is also one of the most profitable union bars anywhere in the country. In the evenings you will need a Sheffield student card (or a friend who has one to sign you in) to gain admission. Cheapest drinks on a Sunday. Large, cheap, pool room. Also serves inexpensive, wholesome food (not everything comes with chips!)
  • Interval Glossop Road, near the University tram stop. The second bar of the University of Sheffield Student Union, offering a more cosmopolitan atmosphere with local real ales, wine and food.
  • The Hubs Inside Sheffield Hallam Union (the former National Centre for Popular Music) so easy to find. It looks like a big, silver, flying spaceship, close to the train station. Not as big or impressive on the inside as it is on the outside, a relatively small union bar.
  • Cavendish West Street (locally referred to as 'The Chavendish'). A scream/yellowcard bar (you get discounted drinks if you buy or have a friend with a yellowcard, which costs £1 to NUS card holders). Serves decent food; a cheap student pub/bar with pool tables.
  • The York Broomhill. Totally re-invented in September 2010, now an amazing pub serving great food and a decent range of local real ales. [www]
  • Fox and Duck Broomhill. An off-campus pub owned by the University of Sheffield Student Union but frequented by a more mixed crowd.
  • The Harley on Glossop Road by the University tram stop. Open Late til 4AM on event nights. Plays host to cutting edge live music and varied club nights. [www]
  • Reflex West Street (near City Hall tram stop). More a free and cheesy club with 70s and 80s music than a bar.
  • Walkabout West Street, near City Hall tram stop. Australia themed bar. Very popular, fairly cheap, but can get a bit claustrophobic. Better as calling point on a pub crawl than a place for staying in.
  • Revolución de CubaMappin St. Relaxed cocktail bar which also serves hispanic food from its 'cantina'. Wednesday night is swing night, with a live band and dancing.
  • Gay bars There are a small number of gay bars, clubs and gay-nights, whose locations and names change on a regular basis. Consult Gay Sheffield for the latest listings and LGBT events across the city, as well as plenty of advice on staying safe and healthy (it is, after all, an NHS website!).

Clubs & Live Venues

Unlike Sheffield's dense strip of student bars along West Street, the city's night clubs are more spread out around the city centre, especially in the former industrial buildings. The most well known are:

  • Sheffield O2 Academy Arundel Gate. Located at the very centre of the City, the venue offers both live music from popular artists and occasional club nights.
  • The Leadmill Leadmill Road, close to Sheffield station and Sheffield Hallam University. A Sheffield institution made famous by its live music line-up. Live gigs most nights of the week which are immediately followed by club nights. Concert-goers get free entry to the club night after their show. Indie night on a Saturday, with relatively cheap drinks for a nightclub.
  • Plug (formerly .Zero). Smart club, open late (6AM on Fridays and Saturdays) and popular on a Thursday night (when huge queues are to be expected). Nights span anything from raves to live music.
  • Corporation Milton Street. A dirty rock club with dirty cheap vodka, just the way the locals like it. There's 'Skool Disco' every Wednesday night (free admission in school uniform) and metal/goth on Saturdays. Fridays is skate and metal downstairs and something of a mix of dance, indie and classics upstairs. Mondays are popular with the student crowd, playing music everyone seems to know.
  • Tank Arundel Gate, at the Odeon cinema site. A popular 'underground' house music venue, and one of the more recent additions to the Sheffield club scene. Open on Fridays and Saturdays until 5am, with a student night held on Mondays.
  • The Viper Rooms Carver Street. Four-room nightclub with the feel of a cocktail bar. Dress code applies at weekends, but is relaxed during the week to cater for the student crowd.
  • Code Eyre Street. New club mostly hosting student nights and touring DJs.
  • Area Barkers Pool. A five room modern nightclub of various themes catering for all music tastes. Currently opening on Saturday nights.
  • West Street Live West Street. Live venue (leans towards unsigned artists) that doubles as a bar-club, with expansive dancefloor and a late licence. Known to locals and students alike for its cheap drinks offers, and the flyers covering the walls of the venue advertising said offers.
  • The Night Kitchen Somewhat more difficult of a find for the visitor due to its location outside of the city centre, this trendy club occupying an old cutlery factory was named as one of the ten best in the country by The Guardian in 2015.
  • Paris Carver Street. Small hip-hop and RnB oriented nightclub.
  • Sheffield Hallam University Student's Union Paternoster Row, this unusually shaped steel building is a bar downstairs and a club upstairs with four rooms playing different music genres.
  • Foundry and Fusion Western Bank (University of Sheffield Students' Union). A fiercely active union night club that packs in students from Tue-Sat. The Tuesday Club is a surprisingly pricey hip-hop and drum & bass night that pulls in many big names. Roar on Wednesday night is big on cheap alcopops and inebriated sports teams. Friday is Space in the Octagon, a "chart" night, while visiting club nights and Climax, South Yorkshire's biggest gay club rotate monthly in the Fusion/Foundry. Saturdays is Pop Tarts, hosting 2 rooms (one is 60s, 70s and "rock and roll", the other 80s, 90s and 00s).
  • Niche The Wicker. Equally famous for birthing the bassline genre and infamous for the goings on within its doors in its orginal carnation, this notorious club has reopened in its new location on The Wicker to some fanfare. Operates strict door policy, perhaps to avoid the problems that blighted the previous venue - over 21's for women and over 25's for men only.
  • Sheffield City Hall. The impressive 1930s City Hall was recently refurbished and is home to many concerts, performances and travelling shows and is in the elegant Barkers Pool in the city centre which is home to Sheffield's cenotaph. Nearest Supertram: City Hall (perhaps unsurprisingly).

Stay Safe

Stay safe

As with the rest of the UK, in any emergency call 999 or 112 and ask for Ambulance, Fire or Police when connected.

All central areas or main shopping suburbs are perfectly safe during the day. After hours, some peripheral parts of the city centre may seem a little quiet and lonely, but any well-lit street with plenty of people about will is as safe as any city centre in the UK if the usual precautions are taken. Some outer neighbourhoods are best avoided, but as a traveller, you will almost certainly never visit them anyway.


Stay healthy

In a medical emergency, dial 999 or 112.

Hospitals and clinics

Although there are many hospitals in clinics in Sheffield, the following four are most likely to be of use to the sickly traveller:

  • Northern General HospitalHerries Rd, S5 7AU+44 114 243-4343. The largest hospital in Sheffield, which hosts the city's Accident & Emergency department for adults
  • Sheffield City Walk-In Centre / GP Health CentreRockingham House, 75 Broad Lane, S1 3PB+44 114 241-2700. Open every day 8AM–10PM. Provides treatment without appointment for minor illnesses and injuries, assessment by an experienced NHS nurse. Also offers advice on how to stay healthy, and information on out-of-hours GP and dental services, local pharmacy services and other local health services.
  • Sheffield Central Sexual Health Clinic1 Mulberry Street, S1 2PJ,  +44 114 226-8888. M, Tu, W, F 8:30AM–12PM, 1:30PM–3PM; Th 10:30AM–12PM, 1:30PM–3PM. Sheffield's main sexual health centre, with sexual health testing and treatment and contraceptive services, as well as irritating French-style opening hours.

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