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.

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Exhibitions 1–31 May 2021, FREE

Open Up Sheffield 2021

One of the largest and most successful open studio events outside of London, Open Up Sheffield is taking the party online this year with a diverse range of artists and makers from across the South Yorkshire region opening their practice to the public online.

The Sheffield Project at Weston Park Museum, Sheffield
Exhibitions Until 3 May 2021, FREE

The Sheffield Project at Weston Park Museum, Sheffield

Commissioned in the mid-1980s, The Sheffield Project focused a lens on a unique chapter in the city’s history, when it embarked on a journey of radical change.

Sheffield District Guides

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.

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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.