Sheffield has changed quite a lot in the last twenty years with new buildings a revamped university and a brand new attitude. It is becoming more tourist friendly with more and more information becoming more available. Dont get me wrong it will never be a number one holiday destination but it is worth taking a look around if here.
Fondest memory: The fondest memory of Sheffield has to be when I was a child and competed in Sheffield city center road racing.........smaller version of Tour De France....but much smaller ;O) for a team called Sheffield Phoenix.
Photos will come later when my mothers found them ;o)
The photo is of the Winter Gardens inside has a host of local tourist information and also has various exhibitions and displays. It is situated right in the middle of the city and is pretty hard to miss.
My fondest memory of Sheffield is watching the play 'Edward the Second' at the Crucible.
Afterwards I spoke with a few of the actors and humbly asked for their autographs.
The autographs are of:
- James D'Arcy (Gaveston)
- Andy Hockly (Pemproke)
- Ben Porter (Spencer)
- Jamie Sives (Lightborne)
- Joseph Fiennes (Edward the Second)
Favorite thing: If it is raining during your stay in Sheffield it is worth knowing that there is a large shopping complex a few minutes away. On the train it takes about 6 minutes. There are timetables up in the station but the trains mainly run from platforms 3 and 4. www.meadowhall.co.uk tells you which shops are there.
Visit the 'Lush' shop on the main high street (a few steps from Marks and Spencers).
I know it doesn't sound that exciting but you have to smell it to believe it ( and you often can about 100 metres away). They make lovely bath time goodies using natural fragrances and essential oils. They're not too expensive to treat yourself. If you have a bath at your accommodation go for the 'bath ballistics' and if you have a partner, go for the massage bars. Both are tons of fun and you'll smell great afterwards. www.lush.co.uk is the web site if you crave for more.
Hillsborough and see an english soccer match. For info on Sheffield Wednesday click
Fondest memory: Sheffield Wednesday winning Rumblelows league cup 1991 beating Manchester united 1-0.
Favorite thing: You absolutely must...COME HERE IN THE FIRST PLACE!!! Sheffield's the kind of place that is often overlooked by tourists (even British ones). Maybe it's because people still think of the city being the way it was in the bleak days of the steel industry collapse. But like a phoenix from the ashes Sheffield has been re-born and is well on its way to becoming the Jewel of the North. This place is changing so quickly, and from a visitor's point of view it's all for the better. Forget about Leeds, forget about Manchester, forget about London even (!) for SHEFFIELD is the city of the future!!!!!
Me and my brother, sister and at the back my cousin, don't know where my little brother is?
As a child we used to have a caravan at Flamingo Park (as it was called then) it is now called Flamingo Land,(www.flamingoland.co.uk)
The most vivid memories for me, and my memories are rare but vivid*... were of my $%^ *eccentric* *@ ?genius dad (you know the mad professor type, hair akimbo and 'jesus' sandals)', well of this character launching himself nimbly, into the procupine pen to pick up quills for our benefit,and getting chased regularily by enraged porc's. (*and thats why ;-)
My dad would also climb into the ..(visitors do NOT climb in here places,) shiny warning notices everywhere, some saying YES AND YOU TOO DADDIO!,..anyway, the bit behind the fence where you are nose to nose with wolves...
Alas, they humoured him, by howling and pacing meaningfully, yawning when he wasn't looking :-)...
think they pitied his attemps at being a modern day Dr Doolittle.. and little he did.
Anyway, it was fab, we used to lie in the caravan listening to the parrots, chimps, wolves and other ambiguous animal noises...aaauuuuuu aaauuuuuuu, e e e eh and stuff...(I've always been a great animal impersonator..NOT)
Oh I just remembered something, we had a lady who used to look after us, she was nice, but, how do you say it....she, she... was a bit thick, right I said it, (sorry its the yorkshire subtlety)..
Anyway we were looking at the animals and she exclaimed loudly ..ooooh look at these, never 'eard of these before... ORANGE UTANS...LOL, it is possible to feel totally humiliated by an adult when you are 9, actually its a prerequisite....well I thought it was funny ;-))
The saddest day, (almost) of my life was when we discovered that some nasty piece of work had set fire to the parrot house, and all the birds were killed...
we were very sad and we cried so much, that song 'hey Jude' always reminds me, in fact, you know when you are a kid and you are in a situation when you are not supposed to laugh and of course you are in physical pain trying NOT to.....well we all had this understanding that to stop ourselves from laughing we had to think of this traumatic time in our lives..and then we would bawl and mean it :-))
Oh yes and think about when Chippy our wonderful, deathwish, chipmonk died, but that as they say, is another story folks...
to this day those poor birds death brings a tear to my eye (pathetic aren't I :-))
OH NO... Flamingo Land is NOT Sheffield, sorry I got distracted, but it is in North Yorkshire, near Malton/Pickering. It has changed a lot now and there is less emphasis on the Zoo and more on the amusement park now, (as an adult though I don't condone the caging of wild animals, (except perhaps my dad, lol!)so I won't complain)..the night life is....ummm, think of Butlins and you get the vibe, if not think of Las Americas in my other homepage and its a older relation type atmosphere to that....dubious!
However if you in that neck of the woods, Check out the Yorkshire moors, and you must go to Robinhoods bay, I spent many days in my childhood collecting crabs ( the shell fish variety) from little pools near the sea....innocent and untainted memories.
Gatecrasher or the Republic as it is known Sunday-Friday. It's a fantastic, massive club, amazing atmosphere. The toilets are a bit sick but that's all you can expect!
Fondest memory: Creamy Cocktails in Chaps with my big brother and a group of friends.
drive away as fast as you can!
Here we see another typical street scene on the way from Sheffield to nearby Doncaster (my original home town...)
Sheffield is best known as the steel city. The steel industry thrived in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, but dates back as far as medieval times.
Fondest memory: This was the first sight of Sheffield I saw then I entered the city....