City Centre, Sheffield

Creative Tourist

Explore this compact hilly city on foot. Sheffield city centre boasts striking architecture, independent cultural destinations, retail and nightlife – all within walking distance.

Welcoming visitors as soon as they step off the train to Sheffield is the Sheffield Tap, a pub with Edwardian tiles and a mahogany bar in what was once the station’s first-class refreshment room. Sheffield Station itself opens out onto Sheaf Valley, a part of town that features some of Sheffield’s best independent arts destinations, including independent cinema and café bar the Showroom (in a former car showroom) and Site Gallery. Around here for food, it’s a toss-up between the Rutland Arms’ range of fresh butties, a burrito at the fab Street Food Chef, or, for a real treat, brunch and excellent coffee at Tamper Coffee.

Further into Sheffield city centre is the Millenium Gallery, which lures people through to the soaring wooden arches of the Winter Gardens beyond, while the Graves Gallery can be found on the top floor of the Central Library on nearby Surrey Street. Sheffield’s own theatre-land lies around Tudor Square; it is the country’s most concentrated cluster of theatres outside London. There’s the charming 260-seat Library Theatre, while the Lyceum, a traditional proscenium arch theatre dating back to 1897, is the city’s largest. The much-loved Crucible was given a pretty light-up facelift in 2010 and features an octagonal thrust stage that means each of the potential 980 members of the audience are never more than 22 metres from the drama.

Our top picks

Site Gallery Sheffield

Site Gallery Sheffield, 1 Brown Street, Sheffield, Yorkshire, S1 2BS - Visit now

Specialising in moving image, new media and performance, and offering a busy events programme, a visit to Site in Sheffield is not to be missed.

Site Gallery, Sheffield

Millennium Gallery

Millennium Gallery, Arundel Gate, Sheffield, S1 2PP - Visit now

Hosting major exhibitions by artists renowned both locally and internationally, Millennium Gallery is the cultural gateway to Sheffield.

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Millennium Gallery. Photo: Andy Brown.

Graves Gallery

Graves Gallery, Surrey Street, Sheffield, S1 2LH - Visit now

Home to Sheffield’s visual art collection and following a major refurbishment including four of the main galleries, Graves Gallery is now open to visitors once again.

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Work by Marc Quinn and Bridget Riley at the Graves Gallery. Photo: Museums Sheffield.

The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA - Visit now

The world-famous Crucible offers a huge variety of home-grown and touring productions, as well as a thriving programme of participatory events and activities.

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The Lyceum Theatre

The Lyceum Theatre, Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA - Visit now

Built to a traditional proscenium arch design, The Lyceum Theatre in Sheffield is the only surviving theatre outside of London designed by the famous theatre architect W.G.R. Sprague.

The Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield
Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Where to go in Sheffield

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Juno Books

Friendly local queer and intersectional feminist bookshop in Sheffield. Visit for interesting fiction and non fiction books.

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The Gatsby

Pints of Zombie, beers, tacos and late night DJ’s make The Gatsby the place to party in Sheffield’s Devonshire Quarter.

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Hope Works

An old WW1 gun-barrel-factory reimagined and repurposed as a hub of Sheffield’s creativity, with music and art events regularly put on.

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Fronteer Gallery

Fronteer Gallery provides a community hub – an inclusive and supportive exhibition platform for all artists with regular events.

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The Viewing Room

Micro-Gallery with a mission to be a ‘high potency visual espresso’, promoting unique engagement with contemporary art and hosting regular events.

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Two Sheds

Have a pint with your puppy this evening! Two Sheds is a dog friendly micro-pub in Sheffield serving craft beers and real ales.

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Pom Kitchen

This colourful plant based kitchen is not merely the vegan mecca of Sheffield, but a vibrant work of art, never compromising on taste.

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The Wayfarer

The Northern Quarter pub with Live-music, outdoor seating and friendly staff, making this venue a more than enjoyable visit.

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Sheffield Quaker Meeting House

The Quaker Meeting House is a place of religious worship and venue for hire, providing a range of rooms and services, catering for everything from small group meetings to events for up to 100 people in Sheffield.

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Creswell Crags

In an age when woolly mammoths roamed the land and cave hyenas prowled for prey, the limestone gorge of Creswell Crags was home to our prehistoric ancestors.

Sheffield Visitor Guides

Tasting Menus in The North

Looking for the finest luxury multi-course restaurants in Manchester? Look no further. We've picked out the very best tasting menus in the city - just make sure you have deep pockets.

Shopping in Sheffield
Shopping in Sheffield

Whether you’re looking for vinyl records or top class chocolate, Sheffield’s independent shops are here to serve – here’s our selection, from the legendary to the eclectic.

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Walks in Sheffield

A round-up of the best walks in Sheffield, including the town centre, official tours and the surrounding area by Creative Tourist.

Restaurants in Sheffield
Restaurants in Sheffield

From artisanal coffee in industrial-chic cafes to burritos that can resurrect you post night out, the restaurants in Sheffield have got it all.

The Alfred Denny Museum, courtesy of the University of Sheffield. Museums in Sheffield
Museums in Sheffield

Sheffield has more than its fair share of weird and wonderful museums housed within its seven hills. Check out our favourites.

Literary places in Sheffield.
Literary places in Sheffield

Literary places are scattered about Sheffield, which has plenty of live literature events to pop along to and perform at, and more independent poetry presses than you can shake a stick at.

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Cinemas in Sheffield

Cinemas in Sheffield cater for all tastes, with arthouse venues sitting happily alongside big multiplex screens – including one of only two IMAX with laser projection screens in the country.

Art Galleries in Sheffield
Art Galleries in Sheffield

A contender for the UK's largest practicing community of artists and designers outside London – there's a pretty impressive number of top art galleries in Sheffield.

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Music Venues in Sheffield

With a strong and diverse musical heritage, you'll find many music venues, appeasing different tastes, in the city of Sheffield.

Discover Buxton Character Tours
Guided Tours in Buxton

Who doesn’t love a good guided tour? With Buxton’s rich history, it has them aplenty, offering a quick way to get to grips with the spa town.

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Fringe Theatre in Manchester and the North

Check out our top picks of shows previewing in the North West before heading to Edinburgh Fringe Festival later in the summer.

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Culture Guides

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Literature Events in Manchester and the North

In between working out, then working through, your holiday reading pile this summer, find inspiration for your next bookish acquisitions from our selection of live events and exhibitions.