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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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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.

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY at Site Gallery
Exhibitions 29 September 2018–27 January 2019, FREE

LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY at Site Gallery

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…

Broomhill and Crookes, Sheffield

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

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