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Sheffield City Guide

Sheffield History

The history of Sheffield can be traced back to the founding of a settlement in a clearing beside the River Sheaf in the second half of the 1st millennium AD. The area now known as Sheffield had seen human occupation since at least the last ice age, but significant growth in the settlements that are now incorporated into the city did not occur until the Industrial Revolution. By the 14th century Sheffield was noted for the production of knives, and by 1600, overseen by the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire, it had become the second centre of cutlery production in England after London.

2013 marked 100 years since Stainless Steel was discovered by Harry Brearley in Sheffield.  Many feel that his discovery shaped Sheffield into the city we know today.

Sheffield Today

Nowadays in Sheffield new employment opportunities and businesses have been created, the two Universities have significantly increased both their student numbers and capital investment, and the city’s image has been radically reshaped with a series of high profile improvements to the built environment.

Sheffield Leisure

The city of Sheffield offers you the best of both worlds: a buzzing city centre and the peak district right on your doorstep. The 4th largest city in the UK has great shopping, entertainment, theatres, sports, schools and also excellent transport links.

With more than 200 parks it's also England’s greenest city with 44% of the city`s residents living within 5 minutes of a woodland area. For additional greenery, the nearby peak district offers many activities and some of Britain's most beautiful and spectacular scenery. The City Centre has loads of theatres and galleries with the  Millennium Gallery a very popular choice offering free entry.

If you like  shopping we can recommend Fargate which has traditional cobbled streets in the heart of the city centre. This is a pedestrian area and don’t forget to take in the views of the  Sheffield Cathedral  located on Church Street.  Our serviced apartments at West Street  are just a five minute walk from  Fargate. Or you could try the Devonshire Quarter which offers a mix of award winning shops and boutiques . Devonshire Green is at its heart and comes alive in the summer.

In October 2007 the first ever FreeBee bus was launched in Sheffield city centre. This free service runs every seven minutes from 7 to 7 weekdays and 8 to 7 on Saturdays and is a hugely popular and trusted choice for travellers in Sheffield.

Sheffield Top 5 Restaurants

Anchorage Bar
Presented as an East Coast-style restaurant in the heart of Sheffield, Anchorage Bar is a contemporary, chic establishment serving American cuisine and a wide selection of craft beers and cocktails. The interior is cosy and vintage-looking, with reclaimed wood tables and benches, retro signs, and small candles in glass jars casting a comfortable glow. The menu features typical American favourites, from cheeseburgers to fried buttermilk chicken, which can be accompanied by a variety of specially selected beers or unique twists on cocktails.

Kashmiri Aroma
A relatively recent addition to the Sheffield dining scene, Kashmiri Aroma opened in Sheffield in 2010, but has swiftly made a name for itself as one of the best Indian restaurants in the town, winning Favourite Indian at the Eat Sheffield Awards. The restaurant features many of the favourites of Indian cuisine, including tandoori grills, kormas and bhunas, and vegetarian paneer dishes, each exploding with a wonderfully crafted mixture of flavours and spices. Kashmiri Aroma also specialises in banquet dishes, such as the whole leg of lamb marinated in fresh ginger and garlic, or the whole stuffed lamb marinated in a spiced yoghurt sauce, stuffed with rice and potatoes, and made to serve 15.

The owners of Lokanta previously ran a restaurant and bar on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast before establishing Lokanta in Sheffield. Their experience and love of Turkish cuisine has made Lokanta one of the most authentic and delicious Turkish restaurants in the area. Everything on the menu is made on location, from the fresh pide bread to the stuffed vine leaves, and is served alongside a wine list made up exclusively of Turkish wines, to ensure a completely authentic experience. Highlights from the menu include the spiced lamb meatballs served on fried bread with fresh tomato sauce and garlic yoghurt, or the fresh, deliciously sweet baklava.

The Twisted Burger Company
Located in The Harley, a hybrid club-restaurant-hotel, the Twisted Burger Company specialises in melt-in-the-mouth, out-of-this-world burgers which are sure to entice even the most reluctant burger eater. Burgers range from meat to chicken to vegetarian, and are all characterised by an array of extravagant toppings and sides. Highlights from the dazzling menu include the Drop It Like It’s Hot, with spicy refried beans, Monterey Jack cheese, hot sauce and a house BBQ sauce, or the Rasher’s Delight, the UK’s first bacon burger featuring a double bacon patty, coleslaw and dressing. Delicious, messy and decadent, these burgers are hard to beat.

Wick At Both Ends
A modern-day pub located in the city centre, the Wick At Both Ends exudes charm and originality. The interior is quirky and unique, with charming, homelike furniture, fairy lights and a wide, antique-looking bar serving an astonishing variety of wines, beers and cocktails. The menu serves upscale twists on traditional pub food classics, such as their Barnsley chop with rosemary and mint butter, crushed new potatoes and green beans, or the slow-braised beef skirt served with pomme purée, chard and caramelised baby onions. All dishes are expertly plated and presented, making a meal at the Wick At Both Ends a special dining experience without the usual price tag.

Sheffield Transport Tips

  • By plane

    The nearest airport to Sheffield is Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport where you can catch flights to other parts of Europe such as Riga, Paris and Amsterdam.
  • By train

    Sheffield is a great connection point and from Sheffield station you can get easily to Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow, and London.
  • By tram

    Sheffield has got a good and well established tram network with trams through the city centre and to the outskirts. To find out more about routes and tickets please check Supertram for more info.
  • By car

    If you are travelling to Sheffield by car we recommend you to have a look at the city council's parking page for information about car parks, parking permits and on-street parking.
  • By bike

    Sheffield's City Council have put a lot of effort into cycling in the city. Have a look at their cycle page where they have extended information about cycle routes and maps as well as where to fix your broken bike. They even have Bike Libraries where parents can donate their children's old bikes!
  • By bus

    For travel by bus in and around Sheffield have a look at 'TravelSouthYorkshire' and their journey planner for information about times and routes suitable for your end destination.

What to do in Sheffield

Listed below are some of the great places to visit in Sheffield. Click one to find out more.

Getting around – Sheffield transport tips

To get around the city centre you can use busses and trams.

In October 2007 the first ever FreeBee bus was launched in Sheffield city centre. This free service runs every seven minutes from 7 to 7 weekdays and 8 to 7 on Saturdays and is a hugely popular and trusted choice for travellers in Sheffield.

The Tramway system, is known as Supertram. They provide a very useful online journey planner.

Sheffield Winter Gardens

Open every day except Christmas day, the multi award-winning Winter Gardens are one of the largest temperate glasshouses to be built in the UK. There are more than 2500 plants from around the world. The building itself is 70 metres long and 22 metres high. The Winter Gardens also provide a home for the Bessemer Gallery and offer a welcome stop for coffee and light refreshments.

More information :www.sheffield.gov.uk/wintergarden

Sheffield Cathedral

This is one of Sheffield’s oldest and loveliest buildings. The Tudor monuments in the Shrewsbury Chapel are magnificent, especially the one commemorating the 6th Earl of Shrewsbury, husband of Bess of Hardwick and guardian of Mary Queen of Scots during her fourteen years of imprisonment in Sheffield. Every window tells a story, not least the Lantern window in the west end which welcomes you in to the cathedral.

More information : www.sheffieldcathedral.org


Meadowhall is one of the UK's leading shopping and leisure destinations. With over 270 retail outlets, 37 restaurants and cafes and an 11 screen cinema its located just off of junction 34 of the M1, and offers free parking and excellent public transport facilities.

More information: www.meadowhall.co.uk

Kelham Island Museum

This man-made island is over 900 years old and was re-opened in 1982 to house the objects, pictures and archive material representing Sheffield's industrial story. Wander through the interactive galleries telling the story from light trades and skilled workmanship to mass production. It offers a great insight into what it was like to live and work in Sheffield during the Industrial Revolution and follows the growth of the city through the Victorian Era and two world wars. 

More information :  www.simt.co.uk

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