Built on seven hills like Rome, Britain’s steel city’s isolation has earned it the nickname the biggest village in the world. A stay in a Sheffield hotel gives you a taste of the northern grit that’s been the muse for bands including the Human League, Pulp and Arctic Monkeys.
From your Sheffield hotel, head to Bishops’ House at the top of Meersbrook Park. Built around 1500 it’s the city’s oldest timber-framed building. The Millennium Galleries and the Winter Gardens are where to go to find out about Sheffield’s cutlery past and see artworks on loan from Tate Britain.
Art and museums in Sheffield
At the family-friendly Weston Park Museum, treasures range from Egyptian mummies to live bees. The Graves Art Gallery showcases work by masters such as Turner and Cézanne.
Quirky things to do in Sheffield
The Sheffield Legends walk of fame outside the town hall honours the city’s famous sons including Gordon Banks, Michael Palin and Sean Bean. Snowboard lessons are available at the Sheffield Ski Village, one of Europe’s largest artificial ski resorts.
Events in Sheffield
The October Grin Up North Sheffield Comedy Festival has hosted big names like Frankie Boyle and Alan Carr. Britain’s biggest Halloween party, Fright Night, takes over the city centre with more than 40,000 visitors dressed as Hagrid lookalikes, zombies, ghosts and Star Wars stormtroopers. The World Snooker Championships between April and May attracts the finest bowtied cue-men.
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Attractions in Sheffield:
Daily 11am-5.30pm (last admission 4.30pm) Mar - Dec 2013 (annual)
Tue-Sat 11am-5pm Mar - Oct 2013; not Mon or Sun (annual)
The last bell tolls at midnight Dec 2012 - Dec 2013 (annual)
Daily 10am-5pm/6pm, depending on season Feb 2013 (various dates)
Thu-Sun & bank holidays 11am-5pm Apr - Aug 2013; Thu, Fri, Sat, and Sun only (annual)