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City Centre, Sheffield

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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 the 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.

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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.

Peter Kennard, Disarm Now! 1995-2018. Image © Peter Kennard. Art Against War: Peter Kennard and the CND Movement at Millennium Gallery, Sheffield
Exhibitions 9 June–7 October 2018, FREE

Art Against War: Peter Kennard and the CND Movement at Millennium Galleries, Sheffield

Art Against War at Millennium Gallery in Sheffield draws together over 100 artworks by one of Britain’s leading political artists, Peter Kennard – best known for darkly satirical depiction of Tony Blair taking a selfie in front of an oilfield explosion in Iraq.

Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography at Millennium Gallery, Sheffield
Exhibitions 30 June–23 September 2018, FREE

Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography at Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

Explore the work of four of the most celebrated figures in art photography – Lewis Carroll, Julia Margaret Cameron, Oscar Rejlander, and Clementina Hawarden – with a major new exhibition, ‘Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography’, coming to Millennium Gallery, Sheffield.

Sheffield District Guides

London Road & the Antiques Quarter, Sheffield

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Kelham Island, Sheffield

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Hunter’s Bar, Sheffield

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Devonshire Quarter, Sheffield

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Broomhill and Crookes, Sheffield

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