Things to do in Sheffield
Take your pick of the bunch of these exciting activities in God’s own country.
Choose from large-scale festivals like Tram Lines in Hillsborough Park in the summer or more intimate venues along the Sheffield Music Trails. The routes take in live music destinations including pubs, bars, and music halls from Castlegate to Neepsend, Sharrowvale to Abbeydale Road, and Devonshire Street to The Leadmill.
Wander through the Winter Garden
Peruse more than 2,500 plants growing in one of the largest glasshouses in the UK. The 70-metre long and 22-metre high building sits in the middle of the town centre, a stone’s throw from Peace Gardens and the Millennium Galleries and serves food and drink from an on-site café.
Explore the Peak District
Over a third of the city falls within the boundaries of the Peak District National Park, so there’s no excuse not to explore the great outdoors. Choose from winding walking and cycling routes through nature or visit some of the North’s most spectacular stately homes at Bolsover Castle, Chatsworth House, and Haddon Hall.
Eating and drinking in in Sheffield
Street food, modern British cuisine, or something a little more adventurous? You’re spoilt for choice in Sheffield.
If you’re looking for hyper-local produce with a twist, Joro should be the first restaurant you make a reservation for. Serving a modern British menu from upcycled shipping containers, the award-winning chefs have assembled an eight-course taster menu that’s sure to be a highlight of your minibreak.
Peddler is a night-time food market in the Neepsend area of the city. Expect street food, craft beers and cocktails set to a soundtrack of live music in a converted warehouse. The crowds tend to spill out on to the surrounding cobbled streets to create a buzzing atmosphere.
You may be thousands of miles from the Mediterranean but that’s no reason not to sample its cuisine. Nonna’s has been serving homely Italian dishes for reasonable prices since 1996 and has grown to become one of the city’s favourite eateries. We recommend the eight-hour slow-cooked Italian sausage with tagliatelle.
Shopping in Sheffield
If your perfect minibreak includes splashing the cash or picking up a unique find, you won’t be disappointed.
Ask any Sheffielder where to go for some retail therapy and they’re bound to mention Meadowhall. Opened on the site of a former steelworks, the 1.4 million square foot shopping centre is home to 290 stores, 50 restaurants and an 11-screen cinema. Did we forget to mention the 12,000 free parking spaces?
More of a triangle of trinkets than a quarter of collectibles, as three streets south of the city centre frame Sheffield’s Antique Quarter. Here, independent emporiums, quaint tea rooms and the city’s oldest cinema, Abbeydale Picture House, provide a unique experience filled with old-world charm. Time your trip for the first Sunday of the month for a chance to browse the Pedlar’s Corner Car-boot and Flea Market.
There’s something for everyone at the Moor Market, with over 190 stalls selling products ranging from locally sourced fresh fruit and veg to some of the finest artisan jewellery in the country. The market doesn’t disappoint if you’re looking for a sit-down meal too – just visit between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday.
Culture and history in Sheffield
Discover what makes Sheffield so unique by visiting its world-class museums and one-of-a-kind arts spaces.
National Videogame Museum
The National Videogame Museum showcases more than just retro arcade machines. Exhibits include items exploring how videogames are made and the stories behind their creators too. There’s even a chance to join workshops and discover careers in the fastest-growing creative industry in the UK. Get ready to take your trip to the next level.
Sheffield Street Art Trail
The South Yorkshire city has earned a reputation for its street art, and an organised tour is one of the best ways to take in some of the best works. The Sheffield Street Art Trail starts at Site Gallery and covers 10 of the most talked about murals nearby. The route covers 1.6 miles and should take up to 50 minutes depending on how many snaps you take along the way.
If you want to know what makes Sheffield so unique, make sure you schedule a visit to Kelham Island Museum. Stood on a man-made island built over 900 years ago, the attraction takes a close look at the city’s industrial past and its history in producing steel. Learn how the mining town grew to become a bustling city and the perfect staycation destination.