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Sheffield Things to Do

  • Peace Gardens

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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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  • Meadowhall Shopping Centre

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    All major UK cities have seemingly sprouted a major shopping centre in the last couple of decades. With plenty of spare land available following the collapse of the industrial base of Sheffield in the 1980's, 'Meadowhall' was born. So in the post-industrail wasteland stands a shiny cathedral to avaraice. The standard two-lecel mall surrounded by...

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  • Winter Garden

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    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

  • Ed's Easy Diner

    When I say the Worst American ever, you probably are thinking of Jeffrey Dahmer or Alferd Packer. Both serial cannibals. Who knows? Maybe they ate here first and even human flash tasted better. Yes, Ed’s Easy Dinner sucks the big one. I cannot believe just how bad this place is food-wise. The famous American Baseball Coach Joe Torre once publicly...

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  • Selectively sourced, locally loyal!

    UPDATE - December 2015, PJ Taste are no longer operating from these premises - their business is going from strength to Strength, and they have 'outgrown' Glossop Road. PLEASE DO NOT RATE THIS TIP.This Sandwich Shop/TakeAway hit Glossop Road early May06Anyone familiar with this area, will be aware that there are LOTS of Sandwich shops on West...

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  • The Worst American Ever

    When I say the Worst American ever, you probably are thinking of Jeffrey Dahmer or Alferd Packer. Both serial cannibals. Who knows? Maybe they ate here first and even human flash tasted better. Yes, Ed’s Easy Dinner sucks the big one. I cannot believe just how bad this place is food-wise. The famous American Baseball Coach Joe Torre once publicly...

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Sheffield Nightlife

  • Sheffield Theatres

    The CrucibleThe Crucible is a 980-seat theatre was built in 1971 and holds the annual World Snooker Championships. The Crucible is known for its versatility and intimacy where audience members can see what is happening on stage or in the centre no further than 22 metres.There is also The Studio which was opened in 1971 and refurbished in 1994. This...

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  • Another Sheffield Institution

    It had been a year or so since I'd last been in Fagans,something that had to be rectified! A few days earlier, I'd seen that local artist/musician Pete McKee had added to Sheffields 'Street Art' by creating his 'Joy of Sheff' couple in spray-paint on the wall of this Broad Lane pub. Deciding where to go out on Saturday night, Phil suggested Fagans...

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  • Charity run pub - Kelham Island

    Previously known as The Brown Cow, where it originally was a residential hotel, it became the Brown Cow pub, in the 1840's after the servants' quarters were turned into a beer cellar, and a licence to sell Ale and liquer was granted. it is located on the bankside of the River Don.I visited the Brown Cow a few times during the 1980's, I seem to...

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Sheffield Transportation

  • Train to Sheffield

    The train is my regular mode of transport around the UK as I don't want to drive and I usually travel by train to Sheffield.Northern Rail runs the regular local services from Leeds to Sheffield either via Castleford and Barnsley or Wakefield and Rotherham. There are also intercity trains that are run by Virgin Trains but usually I hop on the local...

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  • taxi

    I missed the last tram into the city after my son's ice hockey game, so a taxi it had to be.The bar staff at the ice rink gave me the City Cabs number. It arrived quickly and didn't cost much - £5.Good value compared with back at home.

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  • 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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Sheffield Shopping

  • An Out of Town Shopping Mall!

    It is no secret I'm no fan of shopping malls (and shopping in general!) and avoid them whenever I can! I appreciate the positives but the negatives play more on my mind. I can't help thinking how shopping malls have driven local businesses out of business, created less community cohesion and more impersonal service, and also there had been a...

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  • Another Independent Book and Record shop

    UPDATE - MARCH 24th 2015 - today after a meeting at the Town Hall, the planned demolition of the block of shops where R&R resides, was accepted. There are plans to build flats and retail outlets ( read Chain companies) in an area that is overrun with ( empty) flats - mainly due to high prices and late licensing of nearby clubs and bars, making it a...

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  • Independent Emporium selling local...

    Apparently Birds Yard originated in our 'rival city' of Leeds, but Sheffield was seen to be an ideal place to locate to - and it established itself on Chapel Walk - I used to walk by, and be intrigued by the imaginative and quirky window displays, but I never got the chance to step inside.It has now moved to the opposite side of Chapel Walk into...

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Sheffield Local Customs

  • Crozzle

    Crozzle (Crozzil) is the hard burnt cinders from (or waste cement, used to seal) furnaces. This hard material had to be chipped out of the furnaces after each firing. For some reason, this crozzle was/ is used as a decorative topping for garden walls around Sheffield

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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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  • Fright Night- Biggest Halloween Party...

    Fright Night is now Europes largest Halloween Party - held on the last Sunday in October since 2000, between 15.30 and 20.30. Crowds of over 40,000 was expected. I finally got around to visiting this event in 2011. Luckily it was an unusually mild night, so the crowds were out in force! (The previous year there had been heavy rain)The centre of...

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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 Cathedral and Emmaus ( my...

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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

  • Packing List

    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

  • Castle Market -Views From...

    UPDATED- Sadly, Castle Market is no more --- It is being demolished at present. PLEASE DO NOT RATE THIS TIPRecently, I'd found out that you could view the foundations of Sheffield Castle, that are underneath the Castle Markets. I was sent to the 5th Floor of the markets to arrange my visit and found out that there are some good views of the city...

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  • Paradise Square

    This pleasant cobbled Georgian square is home to many solicitors offices - (It was in one of these offices, back in the late 1980's that I was granted my 'Freedom to Travel' - aka my Divorce!)Local boy, Tony Christie immortalises Paradise Square on his 2009 'Made in Sheffield'album.Built in the 18th century, on a sloping field/orchard, which had...

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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

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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