Top 10 Day Trips From Sheffield, England

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Sheffield, the fourth largest city in England, is a city in South Yorkshire and is a popular destination for those who are looking for a getaway from their everyday lives. From an industrial powerhouse to a city filled with arts and culture, Sheffield is packed with green spaces, parks, and gardens. You can expect tonnes of performing arts centres, shopping centres, lush greeneries and lots of amiable locals who will strike a conversation with you out of the blue - so do not get too startled by it. The city also has one of the lowest crime rates in the United Kingdom and is located near many popular attractions and other nearing cities, making it a great place to live in. So read this guide for the best day trips from Sheffield, UK, for a mesmerizing holiday experience!

1. Nottingham

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Located just an hour’s drive away from Sheffield, Nottingham was the old home and hunting ground for Robin Hood, a popular legendary heroic figure in Britain. This town is a merges the past and future wonderfully. It holds an extraordinary historic backdrop, home to England’s oldest pub, which is located in Castle Quarter, Wollaton Hall, which is now the Nottingham Natural History Museum, and Sherwood Forest, a popular hideout of Robin Hood. Yet, it is also a growing modern city that has endless fascinating spots such as Hockley, which is packed with an impressive range of innovative shops and restaurants, and The Exchange, an upscale shopping mall.

2. Bradford

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The third-largest city in Yorkshire, Bradford rose in fame as the ‘wool capital of the world’ back in the past. However, more than just a city that specializes in textile production, Bradford is now known as being the most vibrant and eclectic city that is filled with tons of cultural attractions and awe-inspiring nature. When you head there, do not forget to visit Alhambra Theatre, which is known to have hosted the production of Lion King. The city is also known as the Curry Capital of Great Britain, so get ready to encounter multiple places serving delectable curries, in both Indian or Oriental styles!

3. Lincoln

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Lincoln is a city filled with heritage, fresh food produce, and endless lively festivals and events. Pay a visit to some of the finest Gothic architecture in the city; the Lincoln Cathedral is a popular filming spot for The Da Vinci Code, and the Lincoln Castle, where you can expect to see Victorian prison and city gate that dates back to the Roman times. Also known as the food and drink heaven of England, it is no doubt the city houses the finest brewery, Batemans Brewery, Wainfleet, that started back in 1874. Be sure to visit their countless festivals and events such as Victorian Weekend, Asylum Steampunk Festival and annual Christmas market where you can expect to find a dynamic vibe and high-spirited stall owners!

4. Manchester

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Manchester is a dynamic, young city that offers a mix of timelessness and a modern vibe, making it one of the most exciting cities to visit in the United Kingdom. More than just a city that is home to two of the most famous football clubs, Manchester United and Manchester City, be prepared for a day full of delicacies, a world-class music scene, and rich industrial heritage. Also, be sure to spend some time at one of the hippest neighbourhoods, Northern Quarter, that possesses colourful street art, a thriving restaurant scene and plenty of bars with craft beers!

5. Leeds

Leeds CBD at night
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Leeds is a great place for people who show a keen interest in history or are just looking to have a better understanding of the United Kingdom’s history. As a cultural hub, it is without a doubt that Leeds is home to many ancient places such as buildings and houses that were built in the 1100s. The city is also a popular spot for festivals and concerts, holding up to 200 concerts all year long. With its rich industrial past and modern, upbeat vibe, it is no wonder Leeds is an inspiring destination for many people.

6. York

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York is a walled city that was found by the Romans about 2000 years ago. Take a stroll across the two-mile-long trail that surrounds York and be surprised by how beautiful the historic city is, with a clear view of the old buildings, rivers, and ramparts. While the city definitely isn’t run down and very much well-maintained, the medieval architectures definitely do highlight the quaintness of the city. Remember to check out the traditional pubs that go all the way back to 1644, or visit York’s Chocolate Story where you get to learn the history of chocolate making and sample a selection of delicacies.

7. Halifax

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Not to be confused with Halifax in Canada, Halifax, United Kingdom has a long history that goes all the way back to the 1400s; and is a city that has some of the most fascinating historical characters such as the first women to identify as lesbians. Head to Eureka! The National Children’s Museum where kids get to have hands-on experience for a better understanding of science and technology or visit the Calderdale Markets where you get some retail therapy! With a range of attractions and entertainments, this destination is not to be missed.

8. Liverpool

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A vibrant city that has something for music and sports lovers alike, Liverpool is a city that is often associated with The Beatles and Liverpool Football Club. However, there is definitely more than just that. Other than visiting Anfield, home to Liverpool Football Club or Goodison Park, home to Everton football club; you can also book a tour and explore this UNESCO world heritage city where you get to view various museums and cathedrals. Art lovers can look forward to a diverse display of art at various galleries as well. Moreover, without a doubt, Liverpool is a food paradise, a perfect place to satisfy your hunger pangs being just around the corner. What more convincing do you need to visit this city?

9. Peak District National Park

The roaches, Peak District, England
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Peak District National Park got its name from an Old English word, peac, which means hill. Located at the upland area in England, Peak District is known for its caves, which go as deep as over 400 metres (0.4 kilometres). More than just a trail for hikers and cyclists that allows you to get up close with mother nature, this area also consists of many bustling markets, historic houses and hosts traditional events!

10. Derby

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Also known as one of England’s most haunted cities, Derby is a destination for those who are looking for an adventurous and exciting trip. The city is also located near Peak District National Park where you can get to immerse yourself in the lap of nature! Putting aside the haunted aspect of the city - don’t take it too seriously, Derby houses the best ale in England and the top shopping destinations in the East Midland region. It hosts a range of festivals all year round, such as CAMRA’s beer festivals and the Derby Film Festival. This place is definitely for the adventurous ones.

Visit one of the cheapest city break destinations

Sheffield is definitely one of the most underrated cities in England. There is so much that Sheffield has to offer on top of being one of the most budget-friendly areas in the UK. Go have some fun, explore the heritage and appreciate some art. This place will definitely leave you wanting to visit more of other English countries as well. So when there, plan various day trips from Sheffield, UK to maximize on your wanderlust.

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