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Top 10 Reasons to visit Sheffield
There’s lots to see and do in Sheffield, from visiting one of the region’s green spaces to enjoying the local music scene, so we’ve decided to create a definitive list of the top ten must-see attractions
It has been compiled by the Nest.co.uk team who have either been born and bred here or have made the move to the steel city, so between us, we know where’s good to go!
Read on to discover what the UK’s fifth largest city has to offer – and book that long-awaited trip up North!
1. Watch some live music
A trip to the steel city just would not be complete without watching some live music. Sheffield is famed for launching the careers of indie legends Arctic Monkeys, Pulp and Richard Hawley, and it is this success that has given rise to the city’s active local music scene. There are a vast number of venues showing live music in Sheffield – check out The Leadmill which hosts both established and up-and-coming bands, or if you plan to visit in the summer, buy tickets to the city’s urban festival – Tramlines. This year is expected to be one of the best with hip hop legends Public Enemy taking the main stage.
2. Visit Park Hill
Sheffield’s Brutalist landmark, Park Hill, received a flurry of attention when it was first built in the late 1950s. Now, after a multi-million pound renovation by Urban Splash, Sheffield’s one-and-only Streets in the Sky is racking up the column inches all over again in both the local and national press. Some see it as an important architectural landmark that should be preserved, while some would welcome its demolition. What do we think? We love it, but don’t just take our word for it, come and visit it in the flesh and decide for yourselves.
3. Take a trip to the theatre
Sheffield Theatres has won the prestigious Regional Theatre of the Year award for an unprecedented two years running (2013 and 2014) for their top-notch shows. Last year’s productions included My Fair Lady and the Full Monty, while this year the one’s not to miss are Fame and Barry Hines’ Kes – our tickets are already booked.
4. Enjoy a craft beer
Sheffield has experienced something of a beer revolution in recent years and is fast establishing itself as the UK's beer capital. Across and around the city, there are now around 7 independent breweries, all producing and supplying to local pubs, bars and restaurants. Our favourites pubs for an after-work tipple are The Fat Cat and The Sheffield Tap. The Sheffield Tap alone has 11 traditional cask hand pulls and 12 continental swing handled taps, set against a backdrop of over 200 different bottled world beers – plus it is located next door to the train station, so is the perfect place to begin your Sheffield tour!
5. Cheer on the cyclists in the Tour de France.
The world's largest single sporting event arrives in Sheffield on Sunday 6th July 2014, bringing the spectacle of the Tour de France to Yorkshire. Stage 2 of the Grand Depart will set off from York and finish in Sheffield after 125miles of competitive cycling – make sure you’re here to witness it.
6. Spend an afternoon soaking up some culture
With the arrival of the Museums Sheffield in 1998, the cultural scene in Sheffield has really taken off. Museum’s Sheffield runs all three of the city’s largest galleries: Western Park, Millennium Gallery and Graves Gallery, and between them they cover everything from the visual arts to social history. We highly recommend the latest exhibition at the Millennium Gallery, Printing Sheffield, if you’ll be visiting between now and the 15 June.
Sheffield has a thriving shopping scene that has something to suit all tastes and styles. Design lovers will want to stop by yours truly, Nest.co.uk, for furniture, lighting and accessories from the likes of Vitra, Tom Dixon, Hay, Muuto and more – stop by to see us at 9 Parkway Rise, Sheffield, S9 4WQ. For directions on how to find us, take a look at our showroom page.
8. The Peak District
As well as having over 80 parks in our vicinity, Sheffield is also a stone’s throw from the Peak District. Take a detour from the hustle and bustle of the city and experience what the great outdoors has to offer – including everything from cycling to yachting.
9. Go for a meal at Sheffield’s first Gastro pub, the Milestone
Located in Sheffield’s Kelham Island, the Milestone is known nationally as one of the finest Gastro pubs. It offers local, responsibly-sourced food and has won numerous awards along the way – including Ramsey’s Best Restaurant in 2010. All meat is free range and sourced from local farms and they even rear their own special breed of pig which is born and raised in Sheffield! Book your table here.
10. Discover Sheffield’s street artists
Sheffield has made a bit of a name for itself in recent years for its local graffiti scene. While the galleries host work by well-known names, the streets feature art of a more relaxed kind – Kid Acne and Phlegm are just two of the names you may have come across. Get lost in the city’s matrix of back streets to discover this innovative art in the flesh.
We hope you ‘ll find our little guide useful. If you make a trip up North, be sure to stop by and visit us – we’ll have the kettle on!