Sheffield is a diverse city with a vast range of attractions, including a lively music scene, amazing food, tons of entertainment options and great shopping. The city is also incredibly green and boasts many natural spaces, including the Sheffield Winter Garden (pictured), the Peace Gardens and the Botanical Gardens.
The shopping is of a very high standard here with designer boutiques and department stores aplenty.
The most well-known names in shopping:
- Meadow Hall - offers an abundance of shops where you’ll find everything – from that little black dress to blue suede shoes
- Ecclesall Road - is a mile-long stretch of fashion boutiques and up-market stores.
- The Moor Precinct
- Orchard Square
- Devonshire Quarter
Sheffield is packed with restaurants and gastro pubs to delight any appetite and budget.
Here are some of the best restaurants in Sheffield:
- The Hidden Gem – it’s a real ‘hidden gem’, with friendly staff, excellent service and amazing food.
- Cossack Cuisine – this restaurant offers a wide variety of delicious international food along with great service and a lovely atmosphere. You will definitely want to come back.
- Edo Sushi Takeaway – a very small place that offers great sushi and light Japanese dishes. You get good value for money and the service is always very efficient, chances are this takeaway will become your go-to-place for Japanese.
Sheffield has a thriving nightlife with numerous places that guarantee a great night out. If you’re looking for traditional pubs, you might want to check out the Kelham Island area, just outside the city centre. Fat Cat on Alma Street is one of the best pubs you’ll find, definitely worth checking out. The Harlequin, Kelham Island Tavern and The Riverside are other traditional pubs you can find in this area.
In the city centre, the buzzing and lively bars can be found on West Street, an area very popular with students. Make sure you go to:
- The Hop
The Arts & Attractions
Sheffield has two major theatres – the Lyceum Theatre and the Crucible, which together with the smaller studio make up the largest theatre complex outside London. The Showroom is Sheffield’s independent four screen cinema situated in the heart of the Cultural Industries Quarter, one of the biggest in the UK.
Sheffield has a long and rich sporting heritage, especially when it comes to football. Founded in 1857 by a group of cricketers, Sheffield F.C. is the world’s first-ever official football club. And that’s not all! Hallam F.C. is the world’s second-ever official football club and is based at the world’s oldest football stadium – Sandygate Road, located in the suburb of Crosspool. By 1860, there were 15 football clubs in Sheffield. Sheffield United (The Blades) and Sheffield Wednesday (The Owls) are the biggest teams in Sheffield.
Football is not the only popular sport in the city. The Steelers represent Sheffield in ice hockey, the Tigers in rugby and the Sharks in basketball.
Sheffield is one of the best cities for live music in the country, hosting festivals such as Tramlines Festival and Sensoria Music & Film Festival. There are several live music venues in Sheffield, including:
- O2 Academy Sheffield
- Cask Corner & Bordello Cocktail Lounge
- Centre Spot Pub
- Dove & Rainbow
Although a very large city, you’ll have no trouble getting around Sheffield. The tram and bus networks are very efficient and cover every corner of the city. If you prefer walking, keep in mind that Sheffield is built on hills and requires good fitness, so be prepared for hilly terrain or consider public transport.
I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else, it has been amazing!Ashleigh Fletcher, BSc Adult Nursing - 1st Year Student, University of Nottingham