Sheffield Travel Guide

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Sheffield Highlights

  • Pro
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     Greenest city in England & right on the edge of the Derbyshire Peak District 

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     Expensive to park in City Centre. Some run down areas, as in any city. 

  • In a nutshell
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     More than just a former steel town & "The Full Monty".... 

Sheffield Things to Do

  • Peace Gardens

    This public space is adjacent to Sheffield Town Hall and not far from the Winter Garden and Millennium Galleries and were part of Sheffield's econominc and cultural regeneration. The Peace Gardens contain the Goodwin Fountain which has 89 individual jets of water and is named after Stuart Goodwin, a business man who specialised in steel and tool...

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  • Cholera Monument

    The Cholera Monument is a memorial in Sheffield, to the victims of a cholera epidemic of 1832. 402 victims of the disease were buried in grounds between Park Hill and Norfolk Park adjoining Clay Wood. Money from the treasurers of the Board of Health was set aside for a monument for the site. The monument was designed by M. E. Hadfield, sculpted...

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  • Winter Garden

    This is a wonderful place. A gigantic, architect designed greenhouse, right in the city centre. The plants are wonderful, and clearly the locals enjoy just sitting around to chill out. A cafe at one end, and it also gives access into a gallery. Well worth a visit.

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Sheffield Restaurants

  • mixed

    This wasn't my first choice of place to eat dinner, but the one I wanted was closing (6pm on a Sunday - strange). Pizza Express was across the street, and I didn't have a lot of time to look for somewhere else.I haven't been in one of the chain for many years - I avoid that kind of place.Well, I've been right all these years. A tiny pizza for...

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  • stay away

    Having just got off the train after arriving in the city on a Sunday lunchtime, I came across this place and it looked like a good bet for a light lunch.Ordered a Virgin Mary (Bloody Mary minus the vodka) and a Caesar Salad with 2 poached eggs (instead of chicken).Alarm bells rang when the drink arrived - looked great (and tasted good) apart from...

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  • Diner/Take Away

    I drive past this place most days, and was intrigued by the red building and the 'Devil in the Basket' also by the signs boasting "Better than the usual rubbish sandwich shops"!It took me a while to try this place - either in a hurry to get to work/had my lunch with me or - no parking space! Parking on the road outside, but there are double yellow...

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Sheffield Nightlife

  • Real Ale pub at Sheffield train station

    We visited Sheffield Tap for the first time one Saturday afternoon in June 2010.This small Real Ale pub is attached to Sheffield’s central railway station, accessible from platform number 1, and occupies a listed Victorian building which in previous lives has served as a buffet restaurant, a waiting room and a storage room, but had stood empty and...

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  • Music Venue

    The building that houses the O2 academy has been a Sheffield landmark for decades. Recognised from Sheffield station, it was previously known as 'Roxys' - Roxy disco/night club, or Barry Noble's Roxy where Yes, I did dance round my handbag in the 1980's! Before it became Roxys, it was Steelys, and previously Top Rank (It opened under this name in...

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  • Pub with plenty of character

    The Grapes used to be one of my watering holes during the late 70's/Mid 80's - Standing in the narrow corridor waiting to bag a seat in one of the two rooms opposite the bar (I never set foot in the small room behind the bar)it was a feat to avoid getting knocked into by folks rushing to the toilets.Well, I had a drink in here recently, and there...

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Sheffield Transportation

  • Trains

    I arrived & left the city by train. The station is well located in the city centre, and is actually in a very pleasant area. Redeveloped and modern, but well done. It has the usual coffee and sandwich outlets, and on my way back to Birmingham I was able to get a good start to the day before going for my trainThe station also has a convenient...

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  • Stagecoach Supertrams

    I used the tram to get from the city centre out to Ice Sheffield. Quick (11 minutes), cheap (about £2) and comfortable. You pay the conductor on board, so that’s easy. They appreciate it if you give them change, but it isn’t compulsory. My one was friendly and helpful. My trip was early Sunday evening, so the service wasn’t as frequent as usual....

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  • Buses/Coaches to Sheffield

    I usually travel by train to a lot of destinations in the UK but on one occasion it was more feasible to travel by coach and also to mention that it's a third cheaper than the train.I paid 6.30 gbp (May 2011) for a day return between Leeds and Sheffield on the National Express coach. The journey wasn't the most comfortable but it was punctual and...

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Sheffield Shopping

  • Another Independent Book and Record shop

    Rare and Racy was established here on Devonshire Green in 1969 - an independent second hand book and music shop run by two brothers, that stocks an eclectic mix of titles and sounds. The aged two storey shop is a treasure trove of used books, some centuries old! The hardly touched to well thumbed copies. Fiction and academic text books, some no...

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  • Long standing Independent Record Store

    When I first moved to Sheffield in 1978, I spent most days in this independent record shop, which was opened by Barry Everard,( the former manager of Virgin Records, that I also used to visit) that same year.A part of my meagre Student nurses salary went over the counter here, then, as pay day hadn't arrived before my money ran out, I'd sell some...

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  • Shopping for a Good Cause

    I hadn't realised that Emmaus (pronounced E-may-us) was operating in Sheffield until I spotted a sign whilst walking along the canal towpath. Recently, I'd come across their Face Book page and decided to pay a visit to their premises - Well I do like a bargain, and especially when it's for a good cause! I was also curious to see the old Sipelia...

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Sheffield Local Customs

  • Hen Nights/Stag nights

    Traditionally held the night before the wedding i.e Fri night, but hangovers etc, meant a move to Thurs night. Nowadays for some reason, these pre wedding "last night of freedoms" are held at least a week before the nuptuals, some being held abroad, Barcelona, Prague, Amsterdam being popular destinations. However, In Sheffield, on Thur/Fri/ Sat...

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  • Sheffield By The Seaside

    Well Sheffield is about as far away from any of England's coastlines, as it is possible to get! However, for most of August (Thursday 2nd to Saturday 25th August 2012}, Sheffield City centre is converted into a 'seaside resort'. It's probably more fun if you are a child, or have children with you, or if the weather is conducive to 'Happy Seaside...

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  • Tramlines - The Urban Glastonbury...

    600 artists playing in various outside and indoor venues over the last weekend of July (22-24th in 2011).... and it's all for free!This was the first time that I'd managed to get to 'Tramlines' and I was so pleased that I did this year, as the weather was perfect, and Sheffield became one huge party venue for all ages. There was a real friendly...

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Sheffield Warnings and Dangers

  • Beggers!

    As with all city centres, Sheffield attracts a fair number of beggers/ homeless people. Some may be genuine, but there are a number of fakes, I'm afraid it can be difficult to differentiate. There are a number of charities in Sheffield, offering aid to the genuine homeless, including the Archer Project based at Sheffield CathedralAround Fargate,...

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  • Chuggers

    For those of you who don't know ...Chuggers= Charity Muggers.I've recently had the misfortune to encounter a particularly virulent specimen at Sheffield Train Station, working for Cancer Research UK - (and a week later had another team of these Chuggers (British Heart Foundation)- on my doorstep at 20.20 hours)Sadly, it's not a unique practice in...

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  • First Impressions of Sheffield!

    UPDATE- This was written in 2006, after years of being embarrassed by this eyesore - now it is a source of prideIf arriving by train, this might be your first sight of Sheffield!Please don't be put off - The station area (along with much of Sheffield) is undergoing a redevelopment, so at the moment, it resembles a builders yard, with a longer walk...

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Sheffield Tourist Traps

  • No 1 Oriental Buffet Restaurant

    UPDATE- this place has now closed down- not sure if has re-opened under a new name - will investigate!This venue has been open for about a year, and I'd heard lots of people raving about it.For a set price, you can eat as much as you want. ( Prices change according to times and days of the week)So, on a Saturday night I found myself , with a group...

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  • Get of your backside

    The biggest tourist trap here is to become bored and not like the city. Get of your back side do some research and have some fun. Its a big city that has a huge amount of options, but they dont jump up and bite you, you have to look and find for yourself.I wish I had the money and time because there is tonnes of things I want to do here but never...

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  • The city centre pubs are very...

    The city centre pubs are very expensive so head for . Trippet lane which runs parallel to (West Street a main pub street) has a good wine bar and two down to earth irish pubs. The dog and partridge on trippet lane.

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Sheffield What to Pack

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    Light weight bags but then again I would say that for any place, Sheffield though not as crime ridden as Manchester has its fair share of opportunists, so dont look too wide eyed and touristy... be sensible, blend in and dont expose expensive equipment etc, keep your mobile phone in your bag..etc don't forget those sensible shoes for a good ol'...

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  • Bathing costumes for children

    If it's a sunny day and you have children don't forget their bathing costumes. They seem to love playing in the fountains at the peace gardens. (If you're taking pictures and they are of someone else's children please keep a respectful distance).

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  • Back Packs N Boots

    When coming here you most definately want to try and see the countryside...Peak District. For this you will need a back pack and preferably some walking boots. If you venture out towards areas like Kinder Scout it is a good idea to buy yourself an ordanace survey map and possibly a compass....people do get lost up there. Water ProofsThermals if in...

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Sheffield Off The Beaten Path

  • An advertisement to fireclay bricks and...

    Located on Devonshire Street, many people must pass this building without realising that this Chinese cake shop Cake R Us, Yummys noodle restaurant and 'Within Reason' were once the warehouse and show rooms of John Armitage and Son, who owned the Wharncliffe Fireclay Works. They specialised in decorative moulded bricks and ornamental figures made...

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  • High Hazels Park

    It has been a few years since I last visited High Hazels Park, so I was very pleasantly surprised to see how the park had undergone a transformation.Originally the park was the private gardens of William Jeffcock - the first Mayor of Sheffield. High Hazels House was constructed in 1850 "With no expense spared" it had numerous bedrooms and stables...

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  • Attercliffe - East End Park - Don Valley...

    On New Years Day, we went for (another)! wander around t'Cliffe, this time heading for a stroll around East End Park - (or Don Valley Bowl as I know it as) This site is part of where the vast 32 acre Brown Bayleys Steelworks was located. Brown Bayleys was established in 1888 (from the former Brown Bayley Dixon and Co), where Bessemer Steel was...

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Sheffield Sports & Outdoors

  • Ice Sheffield

    As you might expect, this is an ice rink. Two rinks, in fact. A multipurpose ice facility. I’ve only been there for ice hockey, so I can’t write about figure skating, curling or whatever. Sheffield has a successful junior development programme based at Ice Sheffield. A team in the English Premier League plays there - Sheffield Steeldogs. Mostly...

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  • Sporty Sheffield

    Sheffield has a wide variety of sporting opportunities for both participating and watching.Football- Home of the first football (soccer) club- Sheffield FC. Sandygate Road is the worlds oldest football ground! Sheffield United FC's home ground is at Bramall Lane, near the city centre , while their rivals Sheffield Wednesday's Home Ground is at...

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  • Walks Around Sheffield - Shire Brook...

    Located in South East Sheffield is this nature reserve and conservation area of over 100 hectares. It contains ancient woodlands and meadows, a brook and five ponds along with some industrial relics. There are brochures with suggested walks and things to see and do We started our walk near to the Alan Bailey visitors centre (pic 2) on Stone Lane,...

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Sheffield Favorites

  • Changing Sheffield

    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. The fondest...

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  • Nantosvelta's General Tip

    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)

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  • If it is raining during your...

    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.

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