Situated on the banks of the River Sheaf in South Yorkshire, Sheffield easily lives up to any expectations you may have for the fourth largest city in England. With Olympic standard sports facilities, shopping quarters to impress every taste and over 200 park or woodland areas, you’ll certainly find plenty to do when you visit England’s ‘Greenest City’. Whilst in Sheffield, you may hear locals refer to their hometown as ‘Steel City’, a nickname derived from Sheffield’s international reputation for steel production, particularly cutlery. You may have seen the demise of the Sheffield steel trade represented in the 1997 comedy ‘The Full Monty’ which was filmed in Sheffield so keep an eye out for some famous locations! Sheffield is based in a desirable location for walkers and climbers who want to stay in a chic, central location that is only a stone’s throw away from the gorgeous, rugged Peak District.
Sports fanatics will feel perfectly at home in Sheffield with its long sporting heritage including two major Football League teams of Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United .The city’s Crucible Theatre is also the host of the World Snooker Championships. If you’re more interested in sporting history, why not pay a visit to the nearby Sheffield FC stadium? The club is officially recognised by FIFA as the world's oldest football club, founded in 1857. With all of this to be proud of, it’s no wonder that in 1995 Sheffield was crowned as England’s first National City of Sport.
Shoppers mustn’t leave Sheffield without visiting Meadowhall, one of Europe’s largest indoor shopping experience with 280 high street stores, many eateries and 12,000 free parking spaces (or a short bus/tram ride away from the city centre). Alternatively, for unique boutique lovers try the cosmopolitan Ecclesall Road or Division Street shopping areas both near the heart of the city.
With stately homes such as Hardwick Hall, Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall, as well as several museums, galleries and theatres, Sheffield comprises a rich tapestry of culture. The recently refurbished Weston Park Museum is well worth a visit. The kids will love ‘Snowy’ the polar bear whilst the adults can enjoy discovering the real story of Sheffield’s colourful history. Whilst engaging in the city’s culture and traditions, you must try Hendersons Relish ‘The Spicy Yorkshire Sauce’ brewed in Sheffield for over 100 years, available in most supermarkets and restaurants in the area. Like a true Sheffield’er, splash it on pretty much anything– pies, veg, fish and chips or even a cooked breakfast - you won’t be able to resist taking a bottle or two home with you!
Located just off the M1 on junction 34, Sheffield has great transport links via road and rail as well as easy access to Doncaster, East Midlands and Manchester Airports.