6 Things to do in Sheffield
Whether you’re looking to delve into Sheffield’s rich cultural past and present, or want to take a walk in the greenery of one of its 80 public parks, our things to do in Sheffield list has got you covered.
Kelham Island Museum
The museum was opened in 1982 to house objects, pictures and archive material that represents Sheffield’s rich industrial story. Located in one of the city’s oldest industrial districts, the museum stands on a man-made island over 900 years old and features some fascinating finds as well as interactive galleries and One of the few remaining Bessemer Converters in the world.
Sure, everyone knows about the city’s football pedigree, but Sheffield has a lot more to offer. Why not take a trip to the city’s arena to watch Sheffield Steelers, the elite ice hockey league’s reigning champions in action? Alternatively, check out Owlerton Stadium for greyhound racing. The exciting action features hounds running rapidly around the track following a fake animal, with punters betting whether will they be caught.
The gallery is the premier destination for art, craft and design – rivaling most in the county. Sheffield’s unique heritage is displayed through the fantastic artworks, which includes metalwork sculptures, a nod to the city’s history. Touring exhibitions throughout the year can be found at www.museums-sheffield.org.uk.
Sheffield is renowned worldwide for its musical legacy, producing greats such as Pulp, The Human League and Def Leppard, while boasting modern acts like Arctic Monkeys and Reverend and The Makers. Be sure to check out live music at the City Hall, Sheffield Arena, The Leadmill, Plug and O2 Academy to experience the venues behind this deep history – or try the likes of The Rocking Chair, The Harley, Picture House Social and The Washington for something new.
With the cold weather setting in, Sheffield’s Winter Gardens may be the place to go. The largest urban glasshouse anywhere in Europe, it is home to more than 2,500 plants from around the world creating a superb display in a temperate climate.
Sheffield’s largest park is a gorgeous green space over 87 hectares. The park features an animal farm, cafes, outdoor sports opportunities like pristine bowling greens, football and cricket pitches, and tennis courts. Not to mention spots for fishing. Combine this with the nature trail woodlands and flora displays, and the park rivals most.