Things to do in Sheffield

Right in the heart of Yorkshire, Sheffield has more trees per person than any other city in Europe! Nicknamed the ‘Steel City,’ it was once an industrial giant - a key steel producer during the Industrial Revolution - and today these old factories house Sheffield’s buzzing cultural, arts and culinary destinations.

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Millenium Gallery

See Sheffield’s unique heritage in this premier destination for art, craft and design. The Sheffield Millenium Gallery is one of Sheffield’s most prominent art galleries, located right in the city centre at Arundel Gate just a 6 minute walk from easyHotel Sheffield. 

Complete with contemporary art and design exhibitions, including hosting some touring exhibitions (from the V&A, Tate and National Portrait Gallery, to name a few); an extensive metalwork collection which provides insight into how the steel industry aided locals in everyday life; and The Ruskin Collection, created by John Ruskin to inspire the working people of Sheffield. Not to mention it’s completely free! Check out their website for the most up-to-date opening times.

 

Winter Garden

With direct access from the Millenium Gallery next door, this tropical haven in the centre of Sheffield is one of the largest temperate glasshouses to be built in the UK. More than 2,500 plants from around the world fill the Winter Garden, which is large enough to house 5000 domestic greenhouses! The structure has won awards for design and innovation, so go check it out (for free) just a 6 minute walk from easyHotel Sheffield. 

 

Enjoy the parks and green spaces

With over 80 public parks and 650 other green and open spaces, there’s plenty of green space for some fresh air or a picnic! Head to Meersbrook Park for a stroll with a view of the city, or choose from Endcliffe Park, Weston Park, Peace Gardens… and many more! 61% of Sheffield is made up of green space so you’re sure to find something to suit. 

 

Botanical Gardens

Fancy some more greenery? Well, you’re in luck! Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens cover 19 acres with over 5,000 species of plants in 15 different garden areas, from across the world.

First opened in 1836, this grand Victorian garden was first designed by Robert Marnock in the gardenesque style. It’s a great outdoor venue for summer entertainment: musical, theatrical and cultural events. It also has activities for all ages, from music and art, plant sales, and educational events. Don’t miss the historic buildings, glass pavilions, and there’s even an old bear pit! Entrance to the Botanical Gardens is free. 

Antiques Quarter

It’s easy to while away an afternoon in the Antiques Quarter, an area historically renowned for antiques with an abundance of independent record shops, bars, cafes, restaurants, bookshops and vintage clothes shops. 

Just off London road, there are a variety of antique stores and buildings. Check out the classical architecture of Highfield Library, built in 1870, as well as Heeley Bank Antiques Centre, which features an eclectic assortment of items in a building from the 1900s. The Antiques Quarter is just south of the city centre and can be reached by bus in 15-20 minutes from your easyHotel.

Kelham Island Museum

For a taste of the industrial history of Sheffield, head over to Kelham Island Museum. Located on Kelham Island, a 900 year old man-made island by the River Don which runs through the city of Sheffield. At Kelham Island Museum you’ll find exhibitions on Sheffield’s Industrial City, hands on workshops for families alongside reconstructed workshops, steam engines and numerous artefacts representing a significant industrial history. 

Kelham Island Museum is located a 15 minute walk from easyHotel Sheffield. 

 

Peak District

Take a day trip to the Peak District National Park. With its spectacular scenery it is an ideal spot for hiking, biking and photography, all within easy access of Sheffield city centre. The Peak District attracts millions of visitors every year, and it’s easy to see why. 

With dramatic landscapes, mountains and moorlands with a large network of hiking trails and footpaths, you can also explore caverns beneath the surface. Visit stately homes and historic houses, such as Chatsworth House, which has been featured in Pride & Prejudice. 

The Peak District was the first National Park created in Britain, and also has the most extensive public transport network of any national park, so need to worry about needing a car! Sheffield is an ideal base to start exploring the Peaks from. 

Sheffield by night

After you’ve spent your days being cultural and exploring the many green spaces of Sheffield - it’s time to hit up some bars and restaurants!

Head over to West Street, where you’ll find loads of bars and clubs to entertain you, with chains such as Walkabout, Revolución de Cuba and The Original Bierkeller. At the end of West Street, and into the Devonshire Quarter there are more restaurants and bars to explore in the area around Devonshire Green. With Brewdog, Pizza Express, Be At One, Revolution…you’re sure to find something to suit.

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