A mini guide to Sheffield

Jenessa Williams

Having rebuilt itself many times, there is never a shortage of things to see and do in this South Yorkshire City. Follow our tips below for a cultural and relaxing weekend away.

Sheffield’s industrious history is one that needs no introduction.

A stoic example of hard-working, down to earth Yorkshire, it’s cobbled streets are chock-full of history, from the tragedy of the Sheffield Blitz and Hillsborough Disaster, right through to the more positive impact of the city on the Britpop movement and of course, the home of the World Snooker Championship.

Here are the must-visit destinations the next time you're in the City of Steel. 

 

Stay…

A luxury country house, Whitley Hall (above) is undeniably Sheffield’s premier hotel. Setttled amongst beautiful countryside, 32 ensuite bedrooms are sumptuously furnished, with deluxe rooms boasting a lake view. It's perfect for special anniversary or birthday treats.

If your budget is a little lower, the Ranmoor Serviced Apartments are right in the thick of things but allow for some money-saving home cooking.

Meanwhile, the Jonas hotel offers a comfy but minimalistic night’s sleep right near student lodgings, making it the ideal spot for visiting during graduation season.

See also:
Leopold Hotel
The Florentine

 

Eat…

Start your day off early with a hearty breakfast at The Hidden Gem (above). Having firmly earnt its title, their veggie breakfast is a particular delight, served with asparagus and halloumi as well as the traditional eggs, tomatoes and sweet potato rosti.

The Gem also does the occasional bistro evening service, so be sure to check dates before you visit.

If you’re after a quick bite, Bungalows and Bears is at the heart of the city, known for its burgers, fried chicken and other American-style eats.

If you’re after a large table, get there early—Sheffield folk like to party, so remember that many of the cities eateries may also turn into busy bars come evening time.

See also:
Juke & Loe
Steam Yard

 

Get outdoors…

Sheffield has no shortage of excuses to get outside and breathe the Yorkshire air. Ecclesall Woods is a popular haunt for a family walk, with key features including a 200-year-old oak tree, and various craters and pits that form relics from the Second World War.

The nearby Botanical Gardens (above) cover 19 acres and support a huge array of plant life. Entry is free, although all animals must be kept on leads and parking is currently unavailable on site.

For those willing to take a day trip, the Chatsworth Estate is technically located in Derbyshire, but is only a 40-minute drive from Sheffield's centre. In 2018, the estate is celebrating ten years of restoration and conservation, with a special exhibition running right through until October.

See also:
Transpennine Trail
Concord Park Gold Club

 

Shop…

Although Sheffield city centre may be somewhat lacking in the most familiar stores, hardened retail fans should hop on the tram to Meadowhall, the city’s purpose-built shopping centre.

Home to an abundance of permanent stores as well as an artisan market, food court and cinema, you can easily while away a fay here within its colossal glass walls.

For something more unique, check out the gift shops in the city’s Winter Gardens, or take a look at Syd & Mallory’s emporium, which sells well-curated vintage clothing and accessories at reasonable price points.

See also:
COW vintage
Moonko

 

Culture…

A familiar site to snooker fans, the Crucible Theatre has seen a huge array of global and home-grown talent over the years.

The autumn showings include Cilla, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Fame, but there are new dates added for various shows near weekly.

If music is more your thing, visit The Leadmill to walk the floorboards of many musical legends. Sheffield legends Pulp and Arctic Monkeys both got their start here, and as the longest running music venue in the city, they still invest regularly in new talent as well as various comedy and quiz nights.

See also:
Street Art Crawl
Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery