City Centre, Sheffield
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City Centre, Sheffield

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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.

Discover our top picks

She Loves Me at Sheffield Crucible
Theatre 11 December 2021–15 January 2022, from £15.00

She Loves Me at Sheffield Crucible

Everybody needs a classic story of true love at Christmastime and Sheffield Crucible are set to deliver just that.

Cinema 16–22 December 2021, from £7.00

Yasujirō Ozu Mini Season at Showroom Cinema

Widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest and most influential filmmakers, Yasujirō Ozu disregarded established rules of cinema and developed a singular, unwavering style.

Cinema 19 December 2021 1:18 pm, from £5.50

The Muppet Christmas Carol at Picturehouse at FACT

The goose is getting fat and Kermit and pals are out in force in this tongue-in-cheek adaptation….what better way to get into the spirit than a magical romp through Christmas past, present and future!?

Rafaël Rozendaal: Permanent Distraction at Site Gallery in Sheffield
Exhibitions Until 23 December 2021, FREE

Rafaël Rozendaal: Permanent Distraction at Site Gallery in Sheffield

Site Gallery presents the most extensive installation of Rafaël Rozendaal’s websites series in a new immersive environment

Sheffield District Guides

Things to do in Buxton and Derbyshire

Things to do in Buxton

Buxton, the ancient spa town and capital of the Peaks, is undergoing something of a revival.

Abbeydale Picture House. London Road & the Antiques Quarter, Sheffield

London Road & the Antiques Quarter, Sheffield

Experience London Road, with its array of restaurants, & the Antiques Quarter, Sheffield packed with vibrant independents and vintage stores.

Things to Do in Sheffield. Kelham Island, Sheffield

Kelham Island, Sheffield

Once the beating heart of the steel industry, Kelham Island is now one of the most exciting districts in Sheffield.

Hunter's Bar in Sheffield. The Beer House.

Hunter’s Bar, Sheffield

Encompassing Ecclesall Road and Sharrow Vale Road, Hunter’s Bar is known for its wide range of restaurants, bars, cafes and mix of independent and high street stores.

Devonshire Quarter, Sheffield

Devonshire Quarter, Sheffield

Spanning Devonshire Street and Division Street, the Devonshire Quarter brings the feel of an ‘urban village’ to Sheffield city centre. Head here for culture, vintage shopping and one-off cafes and bars.

Record Collector Sheffield. Broomhill and Crookes.

Broomhill and Crookes, Sheffield

Just west of the city centre are the suburbs of Broomhill and Crookes. Check out the interesting mix of cafes, shops and bars, and unwind in Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens.

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Blacksmithing at Forge Four

Activity Until 1 December 2022, from £20

Pottery at Earth Pig Pottery and Fine Art in Buxton

Enable US Festival at Sheffield Drama Studio
Theatre Until 19 December 2021, from £6.00

Enable US Festival at Sheffield Drama Studio

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Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £10

Discover Buxton Audio Tours

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Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £15

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Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £10

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Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £15

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Activity Until 31 December 2021, from £80

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