The Full Monty: Some of the best experiences in Sheffield

Bag a bargain
If you’re looking for new threads at affordable prices, you’ll find some of the finest vintage clothing stores up north in the town centre. Within a short walk of each other you’ll find Freshman’s (Carver Street), Cow (West Street), Vulgar and Mooch (both Division Street) – head down for a browse and you might find something special.

Get roasted
Knowing where to get a good Sunday roast is absolutely vital to enjoying life in any city. Thankfully, you’re in good hands and we’d highly recommend The Old House, Beer Engine and The Red Deer for hearty dinners that won’t break the bank.

Listen up
Sheffield’s music culture is hugely important to its identity. We’d suggest boning up on a couple of iconic Sheffield albums from the likes of Pulp (Different Class), Richard Hawley (Coles Corner), Human League (DARE), Def Leppard (Hysteria), and Arctic Monkeys (Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not), which you’ll be able to find in some of the city’s best record shops such as Record Collector in Broomhill and Bear Tree Records in the Forum shops on Devonshire Street.

Image courtesy of Chris Saunders

Lend a hand
Foodhall operates as a volunteer led community project. Join their incredible team and dedicate your time and skills to this welcoming and energetic organisation, and support some local businesses while you do so.

Take a paws
A 10-cat clowder greets customers (or doesn’t, depending on how aloof they’re feeling) in a homely atmosphere. Go along and cat-watch over some coffee and sweet treats (vegan options available). Students get 2-for-1 entry on Tuesdays, and discounts for people using mental health services are available.

Grab a view
As your calves will soon discover, Sheff is a city of many, many hills. As well as developing the cardiovascular endurance of an Olympic athlete in no time, another benefit to the undulating terrain means that your spoilt for views. Grab a few pals, maybe a couple of tinnies (be sure to recycle), and admire it in all its glory from the Ampitheatre behind the station, Norfolk Heritage Park, Meersbrook or Parkwood Springs.

Image courtesy of Marc Barker

Visit Mayfield Alpacas
Long-necked, fluffy and – let’s face it – pretty odd looking, it’s hard not to be charmed by an alpaca. Take yourself away from the hectic city centre and up to the picturesque surrounds of Mayfield Valley. It’s been proven that hanging out with animals improves your mental health, plus there’s a visitor centre and plenty else to see for just three quid. Oh, and if you’ve never seen an alpaca run, prepare for one of nature’s most majestic sights.

Do the Irish Triangle
Three pubs: The Grapes, The Dog & Partridge and Fagan’s. Three of the best pints of Guinness you’ll find within these seven hills. The winner? You decide.

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