Visit Sheffield: Places to stay, things to do

Home to two million trees, 250 parks, woodland and gardens and with the Peak District on the doorstep, it’s not hard to see why Sheffield is the greenest city in the world.

7th July 2014
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Why go there?

Nestled in the rolling countryside of South Yorkshire, Sheffield boasts not just some of the most stunning walks and parks in the UK, but a fascinating history as well.

Sheffield’s famous steel production dates back to the 19th century. Anything from spoons to weapons was forged in the city, creating thousands of jobs for local people. Crucible and stainless steel were the most successful innovations, making Sheffield one of the most internationally influential cities during the Industrial Revolution.

There are numerous places to discover in Sheffield, including the Millennium Gallery in the city centre where you can explore Yorkshire’s history, and the Winter Gardens, one of the largest glasshouses built in the UK and home to more than 2,500 plants from around the globe.

If you want grass between your toes, the Botanical Gardens has 19 acres of beautiful lawns and foliage, complete with a homely café perfect for a cup of tea and cream-laden scones.

For adventurous souls, an hour’s walk through Forge Dam takes you to the edge of the timelessly beautiful Peak District, a favourite of cyclists and hikers alike.

Where to eat and drink?

Ecclesall Road, located in the South West of the city, is Sheffield’s favourite foodie haunt, hosting an array of restaurants from Italian to Indian cuisine.

Graze offers the one and only British Flats (their very own version of pizza) whilst Mud Crab Industries holds the crown for the best burgers in Sheffield and the best sunny seats on the street.

Follow the enticing smell of melting butter around the corner to Sharrow Vale Road, and you’ll find Seven Hills Bakery. Stacks of artisan breads, pastries, sandwiches and tarts adorn its windows, and are a must-visit for sandwich lovers and cake fiends alike.  

To soak up Sheffield’s finest home-brewed beer, stop at The Fat Cat in Kelham Island. The pub is stocked by Kelham Island Brewery, the first independent brewery in the city for almost 100 years. It was created by Dave Wickett, a university lecturer turned pub owner, whose passion for real ale led to the creation of some of the most loved alcoholic beverages in Sheffield.

Where to stay?

For a proper Yorkshire experience, Whitley Hall Hotel on the outskirts of Sheffield is the perfect place to rest your head. It’s a 16th century mansion situated in the green, sweeping hills of South Yorkshire and offers a restaurant and en suite rooms with lake views.

For something a little more low key, a short car ride will take you to the quaint village of Bakewell, where you can explore the local boutiques and sample their famous Bakewell tarts, before enjoying a quiet night in River Walk Bed and Breakfast.

Tell us a secret

Wander far enough into the Botanical Gardens and you’ll discover a restored bear pit built in 1836. It housed two bears until 1870 when a child fell into the pit and was killed.

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