Things to Do in Sheffield

Creative Tourist

Once branded by George Orwell as “the ugliest town in the Old World”, Sheffield’s past and its cultural present are founded on one thing: the steel industry. During the 19th century, Sheffield witnessed explosive growth, the city we see today shaped by its industrial prosperity of old. So its leafy suburbs, for example, were purposely built up hill so that domestic residences would sit above the smog-blanketed centre of foundries and furnaces.

The cutlery works of Sheffield’s past have found new purpose in driving forward the city’s creative life; many now house galleries, independent shops and artist studios. Sheffield’s current status as the country’s greenest city is also, in some incongruous way, due to its industrial heritage: open spaces like the Botanical Gardens were designed to offer Victorian residents a much-needed breath of fresh air. While other cities bustle between high rises and shopping precincts, Sheffield is a place to pause and look around, whether inwards from its hillsides, over spires, chimneys and curling valleys, or outwards from the city centre, to the breeze and birdsong of the moorland that continues to inspire so many artists, designers and makers.

Discover our top picks

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
Cinema 8–27 May 2018, from £8.50

Yorkshire Silent Film Festival

Yorkshire Silent Film Festival is the UK’s largest celebration of live-scored silent film. Each May, YSFF collaborates with cinemas, theatres and community venues across Yorkshire to present three weeks of live music with film.

Daughters of the Dust Sheffield
Cinema 11 May 2018, FREE

Daughters of the Dust at The Void, Sheffield

In 1902, South Carolina, three generations of women grapple with the decision to migrate north, leaving behind their Gullah culture inherited from their West African slave ancestors.

Changing Lives: 200 Years of People and Protest in Sheffield. Weston Park Museum
Exhibitions 6 February–1 July 2018, FREE

Changing Lives: 200 Years of People and Protest in Sheffield at Weston Park Museum

To mark the 100-year anniversary of Representation of the People Act, Changing Lives will celebrate how the people of Sheffield have stood up for what they believe in over the past 200 years.

Hope is Strong at Millennium Gallery, Sheffield
Exhibitions 17 February–10 June 2018, FREE

Hope is Strong at Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

With far right parties and hate crimes on the rise, civil liberties and minority rights seem more at risk today than we could have imagined. In these turbulent times, Hope is Strong explores the power of art to question the world we live in.

Sheffield District Guides

London Road & the Antiques Quarter, Sheffield

Centuries ago, London Road was a thoroughfare used by farmers taking their cattle to market,…

Kelham Island, Sheffield

The engraving “Made in Sheffield” continues to stand for quality on knives and forks around…

Hunter’s Bar, Sheffield

On 31 October 1884, the gatekeeper at Hunter’s Bar toll-house requested the city’s last ever…

Devonshire Quarter, Sheffield

Directly west of the city centre, the Devonshire Quarter comes alive both by day and…

City Centre, Sheffield

Welcoming visitors as soon as they step off the train to Sheffield is the Sheffield…

Broomhill and Crookes, Sheffield

To the west of the city, the suburbs of Broomhill and Crookes, though small, contain…