Famous for being the location of The Full Monty film…err, PLEASE leave your hats on boys! Sheffield has come a long way since those flat-cap days as the heart of Britain’s steel industry. Now it has its own Sheffield Walk of Fame; oh yes this is the hometown of the Arctic Monkeys, Pulp, The Human League (some of you will remember them?), Def Leppard (air guitars ready!), cool Sean Bean, talented Michael Palin and amazing athlete Jessica Ennis-Hill, oh and Dr Helen Patricia Sharman who was not only the first Briton in space but also the first woman to visit the Mir space station in 1991. Goodness, we’ve come over all Prometheus!
Thanks to its two Universities, Sheffield is also one of the UK’s biggest student cities and this lively population has ensured a demand for great nightlife, an abundance of activities and lots of places to eat and drink. Along with this there’s a cultural vibe that brings many festivals for music, art, food and performance greeted by that wonderful northern welcome.
Even though Sheffield was once branded by George Orwell as ‘the ugliest town in the world’ (what did he know!?), it used this to transform into its current status of the country’s ‘Greenest City’; In contrast to its still thriving industrial side, it now has lush green spaces, beautiful Botanical and Winter Gardens and iconic buildings from its heritage to visit or converted for cultural purposes.
Get your David Dickinson out at the amazing Antiques Quarter (erm, that’s NOT a euphemism!), indulge in London Road’s extravaganza of food from all corners of the world, experience 92 Burton Road’s monthly Peddlers Night Markets; street food, craft beer, live music and art, or go up market in the trendy bars of the Devonshire Quarter (hmm, we know, Devon’s down south but just roll with it).
Whether you can’t resist a visit to the famous SUFC or SWFC football grounds, want to admire the Town Hall and its grounds, or mooch around the new Moor Market, Sheffield will keep you occupied with culture, creativity and cool ways to party day or night …try a weekend ‘oop nerth’.