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Top 5 Things To Do In Sheffield

Known famously as “The Steel City”, Sheffield is a vibrant, student packed place in the metropolitan borough in South Yorkshire.

In the 19th century, many of Sheffield’s innovations were developed locally, including crucible and stainless steel, fuelling a dramatic increase in the population in the Industrial Revolution, hence where its name originated.

To this day, Sheffield still remains a city of innovation and if you drive high enough, is one of few places where you’ll also find a contrasting green backdrop of the Peak District National Park. Sheffield is a thriving city, crammed full of bars, music festival, street art, and markets an independent vibe.

The closest airport to Sheffield is Doncaster Sheffield Airport, formerly named Robin Hood Airport, located slap bang in the middle of the country. It’s easy to get to as its served by some of the UK’s biggest road networks and is just seven miles from Doncaster rail station.

Sheffield Cathedral

‘A place for all the people’, Sheffield’s home to a vibrant community is the breathtaking Church of St Peter and St Paul. One of five Grade I listed buildings in the city, along with the epic Town Hall, the cathedral is perfectly located in the middle of the city centre on Church Street and served by Sheffield Supertram‘s Cathedral stop.The Cathedral welcomes people of all ages to peer inside, and as of 2017, the cathedral has 14 bells hung for change ringing, including a flat sixth bell. So keep an ear out for the ringing as you walk through the town centre. The bells are usually rung for practice on a Thursday and for Sunday services, both in the morning and the evening. Also hanging in the cathedral is the stainless steel ship’s bell from HMS Sheffield. You are invited to join them at one of our many and regular services.

Botanical Gardens

Situated off Ecclesall Road, the gorgeous setting of the Sheffield Botanical Gardens is one of Sheffield’s many pleasures. Boasting a 19 acre plot of land with over 5000 different species of plants, the gardens is an ideal place to come on a summer’s day with a picnic in hand.  The gardens have free entry and were originally designed by Robert Marnock who first opened the gates in 1836. It has been a cherished part of the city ever since. As you wonder inside the grounds, you will spot the Grade 2 Glass Pavilions house which further showcases a wonderful collection of plants from the temperate areas of the world.

Several more of the bending and winding paths take you through the 18+ gardens which are much adored by adults and children alike. See if you can spot the well-preserved fossil of a tree-like Lepidodendron (could be nearly 312 million years old) which is displayed in the Evolution garden. The botanical gardens is such a wonderful place to visit, with traditional values which ages gracefully with time. As the website states, the grounds are ‘plenty of interest for the visitor throughout the year.’ See more on their Sheffield Botanical Gardens website.

Chatsworth House

If you Google the best things to do in and around Sheffield, Chatsworth House is high on the list. This beautiful stately home resides in the Derbyshire Dales, just 3.5 miles northeast of Bakewell and 9 miles west of Chesterfield. Nestled in the hills, you can find yourself exploring the house itself, the open plan garden and the farmyard/playground. More so, admire the grounds or browse leisurely through the shops, make the day your own. Times vary during peak seasons, so all information can be found on their opening times page.

If you’re not sure what to do first, the team at Chatsworth House have put together a few suggested itineraries to help you make the most of your visit.

Sheffield City Hall

The place to go for all of the latest live music, comedy nights and entertainment acts, Sheffield City Hall is a Grade II* listed building which dominates Barker’s Pool, one of Sheffield’s central squares. Whether you’re attending a live show, or have hired out the hall for a banquet or business event, your visit will be like no other. The City Hall team will go above and beyond to cater for your every need, or simply pop in to see the magic of the hall if you are interested. The Oval Hall is the largest hall in the building, seating 2,271 people. The Grand Willis III Organ is the largest in Sheffield with over 4,000 pipes and four manuals So what are you waiting for? Pop and see a show and have the time of your life.

Peak District

From effortlessly stunning countryside walks, to picturesque cycling trails, pull on your walking shoes and get off the beaten track as there’s no place like the Peaks. If it’s spectacular climbing opportunities you’re after, or if you prefer to indulge in the quiet country life, there is something for everyone here.There are endless things to do in the Peak District and whether you’re visiting for a day, a week or a month, we guarantee you won’t want to leave.

The Peak District and Derbyshire is well-known for its paths of natural beauty, so no visit here is complete without spending some time breathing in the fresh air of the great outdoors. Suitable for walkers of all abilities, the Peaks prides itself on a rich collection of trails and walking routes to explore, while those who prefer life on two wheels are also in for an absolute treat. The Peak District and Derbyshire is home to some amazing cycling and mountain biking trails and some of the best scenic views in the county. Be sure to visit the official tourism website Visit Peak District for information on what to see and where to walk. We know you’ll have the best time.

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