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

A Christmas Carol at Theatre Deli
Theatre 30 November–16 December 2018, from £35.00

A Christmas Carol at Theatre Deli

The Guild of Misrule team up with great friends and charity Theatre Deli for the yet another year to present a rousing rendition of A Christmas Carol, served over a two-course Christmas feast cooked up by local suppliers.

Cinema 3 November–18 December 2018, from £6.8

Comedy Genius at Showroom, Sheffield

As part of BFI Comedy Genius, Sheffield’s Showroom present a mammoth two-month season of comedies, which runs the gamut from silent classics to contemporary gross-out gases.

Exhibitions 29 September 2018–27 January 2019, FREE


Site Gallery in Sheffield reopens with LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY – a glittering new exhibition that responds to the ‘crystal era’ we now live in.

S1 Artspace, Construction House, Order & Limitations exhibition view
Exhibitions 6 October 2018–20 April 2019, FREE

Construction House at S1 Artspace

Construction House is a six-month programme of commissions, exhibitions, events and activities by S1 Artspace studio holders, which will explore the role, possibilities and responsibilities of collective artistic activity today.

Darkness into Light: The Emotional Power of Art at Millennium Gallery, Sheffield
Exhibitions 20 October 2018–13 January 2019, FREE

Darkness into Light: The Emotional Power of Art at Millennium Gallery

Bringing together three of the UK’s most significant private art collections on public display, Darkness into Light: The Emotional Power of Art at Millennium Gallery is Sheffield is an immersive exhibition that explores the power of art to make us feel.

Who We Are: Photographs by Martin Jenkinson
Exhibitions 24 November 2018–14 April 2019, FREE

Who We Are: Photographs by Martin Jenkinson at Weston Park Museum

For over four decades Sheffield-based photojournalist Martin Jenkinson chronicled the drama and detail of our everyday lives. Discover his work as part of ‘Who We Are: Photographs by Martin Jenkinson’ at Weston Park Museum.

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…

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