How to make the most of a rainy day in Sheffield
It’s fair to say that Sheffield experiences fairly frequent rainfall. With around 834.6 millimetres falling each year, and an estimated 131.6 rainy days out of every 365, those who visit can expect over a third of their activities to be indoor-based as a matter of necessity.
Luckily for them, there’s plenty to occupy themselves with! If you’re planning a trip to the Steel City, and want to make sure you have a top-notch itinerary prepared, here are just four of the many fantastic places we’d recommend.
The Winter Gardens
Located on Surrey Street, next to the Peace Gardens and the Millennium Galleries, the Winter Garden is one of the largest temperate glasshouses to be built in the UK during the last century. Beautifully fragranced, richly coloured, and filled with verdant flora and foliage no matter what time of the year you visit, it creates a stunning tropical world in the very heart of this famously industrial city. Housing more than 2,500 different species of plants, from all around the world, the building itself is 70 metres long and 22 metres high – the equivalent size of 5,000 domestic greenhouses! Pay it a visit and let it brighten up your day.
If you want something a little out of the ordinary, then perhaps the thrill of a flutter is right up your street? If so, the Grosvenor Casino on Duchess Road is the place to be. The perfect day or night leisure destination, it offers everything from a top-quality eatery to a high-class bar and dozens of different gaming options. Should you fancy a go, be sure to get some practice in first. You can do this anywhere in the world thanks to online providers, so take some time to shop around for a good one. LeoVegas advertise themselves as ‘the king of mobile casinos’, for example, and have bonuses available regularly.
If you’re a cultural connoisseur who likes their days out to be educational and historically-oriented, Bishops’ House deserves a place in your itinerary. A charming and exquisitely preserved example of the timber-framed houses that once filled the city’s streets, it dates back to the 1500s, placing its style and construction firmly in the realms of the Tudor era. Open to the public each Saturday and Sunday, it is located at the top of Meersbrook Park, and the house and surrounding fields originally belonged to a long-ago farm. Step inside to step back in time.
If you’d quite like to be transported back to your fun-filled youth, Quasar gets our vote. This all-weather laser adventure quest opened in 1999, and has welcomed over one million visitors in the intervening years, so it’s obviously doing something right. Open to people of all ages, it offers as much fun and excitement for adults as it does for children, making it great for both the young at heart and those with families in tow. Covering 5,000 square feet, it offers hours of enjoyment, so why not make the most of it?
Tell us, which of these choices will be making the cut? If we were you, we’d try to squeeze all of them in!