Surrounded by rolling hills that form part of the Peak District in South Yorkshire, Sheffield is mostly known for the city’s role in the industrial revolution. Although it is still a major steel producer, there’s much more to the city than heavy industry.
Today, Sheffield is awash with green spaces and has a laid-back atmosphere that belies its lively nature.
Live music is the city’s beating heart, and it has produced some popular bands including Pulp, The Human League, and Arctic Monkeys. You may also be familiar with Sheffield as the focus of internationally acclaimed music and literature festivals or where Doctor Who landed.
So pack your walking boots and your glad rags and get ready to dance your socks off.
Here’s why you should make Sheffield your next city break.
Sheffield is The Outdoor City
The Winter Garden is also conveniently located next to the Millennium Gallery, a free art gallery showcasing Sheffield artists and currently featuring an exhibition called “Earthbound” that investigates its relationship with the environment.
Art fans should also check out the newly reopened Graves Gallery, which is currently displaying work by sculptor Mark Firth along with a new exhibition curated by pioneering artist Keith Piper and the “Diary” of drawings by internationally renowned street artist Phlegm.
Getting active in Sheffield
The annual Photomarathon Sheffield, taking place each July, is always an adventure suitable for all ages, and a great to explore some of the urban trails. This year’s subject was the Sheffield Round Walk, a 15-mile route in the southwest of the city.
With artisan cafes, delicious street food markets, innovative restaurants complemented by a thriving craft scene, Sheffield is also a hub for foodies.
Check out Peddler Market on Burton Road, an outdoor food market with street vendors sporting names such as “The Cookie Mumster” and “Disco Fries”.
Kelham Island is a manmade island and former manufacturing that has been converted into restaurants, and artists workshops. It’s a bit of foodie heaven and home of the iconic ale trail, an absolute must for beer aficionados.
If you are feeling fancy, Joro, a restaurant influenced by nature, holds three AA Rosettes, Selected MICHELIN Guide 2021, and scores five in The Good Food Guide for its forward-thinking small plates and tasting menus.
Shop til you drop: Sheffield arts, crafts and clothing
Hedgerow Market is a vibrant street market with street food, live music, and a variety of craft makers. The brand new market is located in the city center and opens on September 18th from Midday to 6pm. Local traders include Gravel Pit, Nyoo Store and The Wood Enthusiast.