Devonshire Quarter, Sheffield

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Directly west of the city centre, the Devonshire Quarter comes alive both by day and by night, thanks to Sheffield City Council’s decision to both shield it from the worst excesses of bar and club culture and to give it the feel of an “urban village”. As a result, down Devonshire Street and onto Division Street, a long list of independent shops unravels, which trade in everything from vintage clobber (Vulgar) to curious-looking houseplants (Plantology).

At the heart of the Devonshire Quarter is the Forum, a bar and café that backs onto a warren of boutiques and shops dealing in offbeat clothing and one-off gift-worthy finds. This is also the best part of town to head to for burgers, cocktails and other such fun-loving Americana: we recommend the Lucky Fox and Bungalows and Bears, which conveniently doubles as a music venue too. For cocktails, it’s got to be The Great Gatsby or The Old House. A little further south is S1 Artspace, an open-plan studio complex and large gallery, housed in a red brick and round-cornered former factory.

Explore the streets around the Devonshire Quarter and you’ll come across the buildings of former cutlery and silver plate works – and, for a glimpse of how Sheffield looked during its industrial peak, take a walk down Milton Street. Here lie the listed Beehive Works and Taylor’s Eye Witness Works, the latter thought to be the city’s only remaining factory still manufacturing the original products that gave it purpose when it opened back in the 19th century.

Our top picks

Bungalows and Bears

Bungalows and Bears, 50 Division Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 4GF - Visit now

Bungalows and Bears serves up a contemporary brunch and burger menu alongside cocktails and cask ales. The bar specialises in lively gigs, DJ sets and jazz nights and occasionally hosts video game nights too.

Bungalows and Bears

S1 Artspace in Sheffield

S1 Artspace in Sheffield, 1 Norwich Street, Park Hill, Sheffield, S2 5PN - Visit now

S1 Artspace is an artist-led organisation providing studio space for over twenty Sheffield based artists and a project space, which presents an annual programme of contemporary exhibitions, screenings and events. Artspace brings arguably one of Sheffield’s best contemporary art programmes – offering a combination of the best visual artists from around the world alongside the studio’s homegrown talent.

S1 Artspace, Park Hill, Sheffield. Photograph by Reuben James Brown
Photo by Reuben James Brown, courtesy of S1 Artspace

National Emergency Services Museum, Sheffield

National Emergency Services Museum, Sheffield, West Bar Roundabout, Sheffield, S3 8PT - Visit now

Run entirely by volunteers, a family-friendly series of displays and exhibits spread over three floors tell the story of the police, fire and ambulance services, and how they work together.With over a million items in its collection and 50 vehicles on show, the museum houses a valuable archive of artifacts. Hands-on and fun, visitors can take a ride on a real fire engine, explore a Victorian police cell and experience the smoky Sheffield Blitz exhibition.

National Emergency Services Museum, Sheffield
Courtesy of National Emergency Services Museum

CollardManson

CollardManson, 123-125 Devonshire Street, Sheffield, S3 7SB - Visit now

Sheffield’s cosmopolitan Devonshire quarter is home to husband and wife created clothing and homeware store, CollardManson. The stylish boutique sells a beautifully eclectic range of clothes, accessories and homeware. CollardManson is packed with glamorous bohemian finds, with many items being produced locally and all ethically manufactured.

CollardManson
Image courtesy of CollardManson.

Plantology

Plantology, 70 Division Street, Sheffield, S1 4GF - Visit now

With tempting doorstep displays and a fragrant and cheerful interior, Plantology is a beautiful oasis in the heart of Sheffield city centre. The team – excited by all the possibilities of floral design and arrangement – are always happy to create a bespoke arrangement too.

Plantology
Image courtesy of Plantology.

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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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