10 Famous Things In Sheffield, UK

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Situated at the foot of the Derbyshire Hills and on the Rivelin and Don Rivers, Sheffield is the fourth-largest city in England. Historically being a part of the West Riding of Yorkshire, this place is a metropolitan borough in South Yorkshire. Sheffield derived its name from the River Sheaf and is sought out by travelers for its lush green countryside. With multiple tourist attractions ranging from performing arts centers to museums, shopping centers and public parks, this amazing city welcomes thousands of tourists throughout the world. Families with children can visit the 19-acre (7.6-hectare) Sheffield Botanical Gardens, where they will come across over 5,000 species of plants. Kids can take part in the music, art and theatrical events that are staged on the grounds. Kids will also love a visit to the Graves Park Animal Farm, where they can watch the rare breeds of farm animals. Elsecar Heritage Railway is another popular tourist destination, where they can learn about the preservation, restoration and expansion of one of the area’s oldest railway lines. Check out our list of some of the famous things in Sheffield, UK.

1. Museums

Weston Park Museum 2011
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Sheffield played a major role in the Industrial Revolution, so it holds a rich industrial heritage. Showcasing great inventions, heavy industry and intricate craftsmanship, Sheffield is the center of many world-class museums. Tourists can pay a visit to the family-friendly Weston Park Museum, or they can come across a rare Japanese giant salamander at The Alfred Denny Museum of Zoology. Travelers will marvel at the 45 vehicles used during Emergency Services at the National Emergency Services Museum. Kelham Island Museum is popular among art lovers, and over here, you get a slice of Sheffield’s industrial history. Maintaining the Steel City’s industrial heritage, this place boasts a huge collection of objects, pictures and archive material.

2. Authentic restaurants

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Reflecting the multicultural population and culture, Sheffield is home to authentic cuisines and excellent dining options. With an array of independent restaurants, bars and cafes, this amazing place has a varied food and drink scene that caters to all budgets. With street food, sourdough bakeries and even fine dining in a shipping container, there is something for everyone. Try some classic Italian dishes at Vito’s Italian restaurant. Travelers will also love the Indian flavor at the Cardamon restaurant or can try Greek delicacies at Meraki Greek Restaurant Sheffield. Otto’s Restaurant is a popular authentic food diner, where you can relish home-cooked Moroccan dishes amid live music and belly dancers.

3. Millennium Gallery

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Art lovers will enjoy a visit to this art gallery, which features contemporary art, metalwork, design exhibitions and the city’s unique Ruskin collections. Tourists can enjoy free access to this gallery and explore the two permanent collections, as well as the two temporary exhibition spaces. Admire the exquisite collection by the Victorian scholar John Ruskin, which includes watercolors, drawings, prints, plaster casts, minerals, illustrated books, manuscripts and coins. The extensive metalwork collection inspires the manufacturers, designers and makers of the steel industry. If you are planning a wedding or any other occasion, the corporate events and weddings space can also be made available for this purpose. Head to the in-house cafe if you want to grab a bite, or buy souvenirs from the onsite gift shop.

Millennium Gallery

Address: 48 Arundel Gate, Sheffield S1 2PP, UK

Website: Millennium Gallery

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 5pm; Sun: 11am - 4pm

4. Green environment

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Green environment is a huge project undertaken in Sheffield, which increases tree cover and creates a greener environment. The main motive of this project is to bring more color to the city center by turning the dull streets into vibrant public places. Green Directions is a multi-functional and eco-conscious venue on a farm, which produces low carbon products to build sustainability and resilience for cities, towns, communities and business. To enhance well-being and to safeguard the environment, this project saves around 40 tonnes of carbon from entering the atmosphere each year.

5. Industrial past

Globe Works, Sheffield
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Established as an Anglo-Saxon village, Sheffield became one of the leading industrial cities in Britain. Popularly known as the ‘Steel City’, this place became one of the world’s foremost steel manufacturers. After the discovery of the process of fusing silver and copper together by Thomas Boulsover, a product called ‘Sheffield Plate’ was manufactured. This helped the city in its growth and in the manufacturing of items like snuff boxes and buckles. This led to the growth of cutlery industries, which produced various items like edged-tools, knives, razors, axes, and nails. Gradually, the steel and cutlery-making industries flourished in Sheffield and resulted in a huge profit throughout the world.

6. Showroom Cinema

Showroom Cinema, Sheffield
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Watch art house and cult films at this four-screen independent cinema, which was voted the favorite independent cinema by Guardian readers in 2002. Stationed inside a 1936 art-deco building, this place features four screens along with a cafe, a bar and a meeting room. Filmed in the video for the Arctic Monkeys song “Leave Before the Lights Come On”, Showroom Cinema hosts the BFI Film Academy program, it attracts youths between 16 and 19 years of age and gives them an opportunity to sharpen their creative skills.

Showroom Cinema

Address: 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield S1 2BX, UK

Website: Showroom Cinema

7. Sheffield Botanical Garden

Situated off Ecclesall Road in Sheffield, this 19-acre (7.6-hectare) garden was designed by Robert Marnock in the Gardenesque style. Opened in the year 1836, this place hosts more than 5000 species of plants. Tourists can take a stroll through the garden, stop by the glasshouses, and can also learn about the various types of flowers, shrubs and trees planted here. Guided tours are also offered, which will provide you with complete knowledge about the history of the garden and the plants on display. Featuring a number of historic buildings and pavilions, this garden boasts an exquisite collection of plants, including Asian, American prairie-style, Mediterranean, woodland and rock-and-water plantings. Kids will also love a visit to this place and can also take part in the various musical, theatrical, and cultural events hosted on the grounds.

Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Address: Clarkehouse Rd, Sheffield S10 2LN, UK

Website: Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 8am - 7:45pm; Sat - Sun: 10am - 7:45pm

8. Theaters

Crucible Theatre, Sheffield (taken with iPhone)
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Being the largest theater complex outside London, Sheffield Theaters offers a huge variety of home-grown and touring productions. Featuring three theaters – the Lyceum, the Crucible, and the Crucible Studio, tourists will enjoy watching everything from West End musicals to cutting edge drama. Visitors can watch the World Snooker Championship in the Crucible Theater, or get entertained by the various theatrical performances at the 1068-seat Lyceum theater. Or, enjoy a show at the Crucible Studio boasting changeable seating styles for 400 delegates.

Sheffield Theatres

Address: 55 Norfolk St, Sheffield S1 1DA, UK

Website: Sheffield Theatres

Opening hours: Mon - Sat: 10am - 8pm (Sunday closed)

9. Shopping

105 to 125 Devonshire Street
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Shopaholics have a gala time in this free-spirited city where they can find Sheffield’s authenticity reflected in its retail business. With clusters of small independent shops becoming quirky shopping districts, you can browse from an eclectic mix of shops, bars and restaurants. From local makers and vintage treasures to designer boutiques, this city has plenty to offer. Explore through the indoor farmers’ market that sells organic meat, fruit, vegetables and artisan products at the Moor Market, or browse through nationally acclaimed award-winning shops at Devonshire Quarter. Tourists often prefer visiting the UK’s leading shopping and leisure destination – Meadowhall, which features 270 retail outlets including houses like Marks and Spencer, Debenhams, Hugo Boss, Gap, Boots and H&M.

10. Nightclubs

Nightlife is an integral part of Sheffield, whether it is partying at a club with friends or sipping cocktails the night away. With high spirits all the year round, Sheffield boasts a lively night time scene. Tourists interested in clubbing spend the night in the areas adjoining the West Street, Carver Street and Division Street lined up with bars and clubs. Party lovers can hit the dance floor and terrace area at The Viper Rooms, or enjoy magnificent live performances at the Plug, or groove to the music while high flying trapeze and aerial artists perform their death-defying stunts at Area Sheffield. Have the night of your life at Soyo, which is an exclusive, industrial venue serving cocktails amidst DJ music.

Explore Sheffield

Popularly known as “The Steel City,“ Sheffield played a crucial role in the Industrial Revolution. With a mixture of bustling urban life with easy access to nature and the true English countryside, Sheffield is a thriving cultural center boasting music, festivals, street art, award-winning theater, beer, and restaurants. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Peak District National Park, this green and modern city is perfect for a vacation.

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Anupama Passary has written for several online publications and loves all things tech and travel related. She is a self-confessed chocoholic, stargazer and dreamer who loves to pen down poems.

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