Known worldwide as "The Steel City", Sheffield was famed for its industry in the heyday of the 1900's and remains a city of innovation to this day. There is plenty to see in and around the area and some of the best also have free admission so there is lots to enjoy, even on a budget.
1. Sheffield Cathedral
This is a truly beautiful Cathedral that has sat for over 1000 years and counting in Sheffield. Of course, it is a place of worship for those who wish to attend but you can also join a guided tour to get an insight to all the highlights of the Cathedral as well as The Tudor Shrewsbury Chapel, The Regimental Chapel of St George and The Medieval Chancel and Sanctuary. A great way to see and learn more about these historical places and within 45 minutes too! Furthermore, be sure to check the ‘What’s On’ section as regular exhibitions and events are held in and around the Cathedral regularly.
Monday – Friday (Out of term time) 8am – 5pm, Tuesday – Friday (Term time) 8am – 6.30pm, Monday 8am – 5pm, Saturday 9.30am – 4pm, Sunday 7.30am – 5pm
2. Millennium Gallery
This is the go-to premier destination in Sheffield for art, craft & design. You will discover some of Sheffield’s unique heritage including the metalwork which makes the city world famous, alongside contemporary art and design exhibitions. You will also find some of the finest touring exhibitions in the county, from partners including the V&A, Tate and National Portrait Gallery. There are so many things to see when you visit so check the ‘What’s On’ section prior to your visit so you know what’s in store! This also leads onto the next must-see nicely, as they are close by.
Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday 11am – 4pm
Bank Holidays 11am – 4pm
3. Sheffield Winter Garden
Whether you are a gardener or not, this is something everyone can really enjoy. The multi award-winning Winter Garden is one of the largest temperate glasshouses to be built in the last hundred years and has created a stunning green world with more than 2,500 plants from around the world. The location of this is a great place to stop by as you can access it from Millennium Galleries & Millennium Square. You’ll be enchanted but the oasis that awaits, right in the heart of England’s fourth largest city.
Monday – Sunday 8am – 6pm
4. Tropical Butterfly House
This is perfect for a wild family day out, rated as No.1 on Tripadvisor for things to do in Sheffield. You’ll explore the Indoor Rainforest, Farm Barn, Otter Springs & Lemur Heights..to name a few! There are spectacular shows to be seen and the little ones can enjoy the adventure playground, outdoor Wet Play Area and indoor activity and craft centre – There is something for all, even if the weather isn’t great! There are plenty of facilities including a Picnic Room, Jungle Gift Shop & the Butterfly Café, serving freshly prepared good, homemade cakes and even a deluxe Afternoon Tea. Yum.
Adults £11.00, Children £10.00, Under 2’s Free, Concessions £10.00, Explorer Family Pass (2 adults, 2 children) £37.50, Ranger Family Pass (2 adults, 3 children) £47.00
Monday – Sunday 10am – 4pm
School & Bank Holidays 10am – 4.30pm
Tropical Butterfly House Ltd
5. Chatsworth House
Renowned for the quality of its art, landscape & hospitality, Chatsworth house has evolved through the centuries. Today, you will find works of art that span 4,000 years from Ancient Roman & Egyptian sculpture to work by outstanding modern artists including Lucian Freud and David Nash. You can explore the vast number of rooms and you might even come across an Edwardian lady’s maid who will reveal the secrets of her mistress’s suitcase of clothes…Visitors of all ages are welcome but please note prams, pushchairs & rucksack style baby carriers are not permitted in the house, unfortunately. You can, however, book baby-carrying equipment directly by calling 01246 565 430. During your visit, you won’t want to miss out on exploring the stunning garden and there’s also a farmyard and playground to keep your little ones entertained with trailer rides, pony & lamb meet and greets, and the ability to just enjoy the great outdoors in general.
There are a vast variety of ticket options you can choose from. See HERE.
Various times depending on the season can be found HERE.
DE45 1PP / DE45 1PN for Sat Nav
Email or call HERE.
Places to eat & drink in Sheffield
1. Browns Bar & Brasserie
If you’re looking to dine in the city centre, you will be pleasantly surprised with this little spot. It is set in a delightfully tranquil location, overlooking the award-winning Peace Gardens. Browns offer both classic and modern dishes and are open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea & dinner. If you’re lucky enough to be visiting on a Thursday, then the fresh lobster is an absolute must! Not only can you choose to have a delicious roast if you pop in on a Sunday, you can also enjoy great live piano playing from 4-7pm.
St Paul’s Chambers
St Paul’s Parade
With a passion for good food, you can be sure to be in for a treat when you stop in at Snapdeli. They have a large emphasis on sourcing the best, local ingredients and offering it to customers at the best possible price ensuring great value for money. You’ll find plenty of variety available, all day long from breakfast to early dinner. Completely family-friendly: children are welcome and they do have high chairs as well as baby changing facilities to accommodate to you. They are always a few ‘kiddies cakes’ in the fridge to keep your little ones happy, which is great!
985 Ecclesall Road
3. Kelham Island Tavern
Specialising in local real ales, this pub received the greatest award and honour in 2008 when being named Camra’s National Pub of the Year. Alongside the best standards of real ale, the value for money and welcoming ambience of this pub means it is a real Sheffield treasure.
62 Russell Street
4. The Botanist
The décor of The Botanist will make you feel as if you’ve been transported a magical wonderland. They have a great selection of botanical cocktails, craft beers, champagne & wine. You’ll find a delicious menu with food inspired by deli, rotisserie and BBQ, alongside live music every night. Dining here you are sure in for a fabulous night.
Unit 5A & 5B Leopold Square
5. Cocoa Wonderland
If you have a sweet-tooth, you really cannot visit Sheffield without a visit to this beautiful chocolate boutique & tea lounge. Selling handmade truffles, old fashions sweets, quality chocolate bars, ice cream and much more, this is the place to go! So many delectable treats you just won’t want to miss out on.
462 Ecclesall Road
Email form available online HERE.