The Full Monty: Some of the best experiences in Sheffield
From the finest food to jaw-dropping views, we round up some of the best experiences Sheff has to offer.
A mere 20-minute drive from the bustling city centre you hit the stunning scenery of the Peak District. Perfect for long walks and running, head to visitpeakdistrict.com for the best trails plus a wealth of other leisure activities on offer. Just hop on a bus from the city centre or Ecclesall Road and away you go!
Visit the Island
Odds are you’ll hear a lot about Kelham Island during your stay in Sheffield, and that’s because this former industrial area is now one of the city’s most exciting suburbs. Full of decent beer gardens, old-school real ale pubs, popular bars and an array of cafes and restaurants, it’s well worth a visit – whether you’re after a pork pie and a pint of Easy Rider in The Fat Cat or tasty vegan food and arcade games at Church – House of Fun; it’s a popular part of the city well worth acquainting yourself with.
Sheffield City Walking Tours
For those that have just moved to Sheffield, this one’s for you. Your guide has lived and worked in Sheffield all his life, he will show you around the city’s most interesting sights while you get some fresh air.
Live music lies at the very heart of the city’s culture. From the big-hitters like The Leadmill and O2 Academy to the smaller capacity gems like Delicious Clam and The Washington, there’s an array of places to enjoy gigs throughout the week.
2018 was an exciting year for gamers as the National Videogame Museum made its home in the city. Offering a playable selection of arcade machines and consoles ranging from the old to the new, it’s the perfect way to while away an afternoon for any joystick enthusiasts.
The largest museum in Sheffield is set within the stunning grounds of Weston Park. Find out more about the social history of the city alongside a number of permanent exhibitions. It’s free entry but donations are encouraged!
A haven for independent businesses, on Sharrowvale Road you can find Pete McKee’s art shop, independent food traders and some great Sheffield pubs like the Lescar and Porter Cottage down this stretch, not to mention incredible independent eateries like the Greedy Greek Deli and Porter Pizza.
Hit the Streets
Dotted in and around the city centre you’ll find some incredible street art from renowned artists such as Pleghm, Kid Acne, Faunographic, Pete McKee and many, many more. In fact, there are literally hundreds dotted around. Luckily, streetartsheffield.com have done a good job of mapping over 250 locations and allowing you to browse each one by area. God bless ‘em.
Don’t stay hidden in the Student Union all term – explore! Even though the village-like feel of the city centre may give the impression of this being a fairly compact place, there are plenty of brilliant areas situated only a short walk or bus journey away – Ecclesall Road, Abbeydale Road, Heeley, Broomhill, Crookes, Sharrow Vale Road – all boasting their own selection of pubs, bars, restaurants, shops and parks. A short trip out to discover places like The Picture House Social or take in the sunset with a chilled pint at the Brothers Arms in Heeley is well worth it.
As the greenest city in the UK, Sheffield boasts around 250 parks, woodlands and garden spaces. Being around such nature can have a hugely beneficial impact on general mood and health, while offering a nice respite from the hustle and bustle of university life and city living. Perfect chill spots worth seeking out include the Botanical Gardens, Endcliffe Park, Devonshire Green and Crookesmoor Valley Park.