Sheffield, the fourth-largest city in England, lies about 35 miles south of Leeds on the Rivelin rivers south of the Derbyshire Hills. The industrial city, of Sheffield, is one of the best places to visit if you plan to explore the Peak District, known for bucolic vistas, manor houses, mining towns, and mineral springs.
Sheffield also has many well-maintained parks and a lush green area for much outdoor recreation. Another popular, especially among farmers, is the 19-hectare Sheffield Botanical Gardens.
Once you have finished enjoying the lush green areas of the city, it is good to visit the center of this university town. Here, educational institutions have long been collaborating closely with local industries, the most recent example being Technology Park near a technical college.
To learn more about these and other great things to do in Sheffield, be sure to read our list of top attractions in this northern city.
Sheffield Botanical Gardens
Located on the Grade II list, the beautiful 19-hectare Sheffield Botanical Gardens was established in 1836 and features more than 5,000 species of plants. This is a lovely place to hike, especially in the spring and summer, when many plants are in full bloom.
Outstanding include glasshouses, also listed in Grade II, with cool plants from Australia, Asia, and South Africa; Victorian garden; and The Four Seasonal Garden, which is colorful at any time of the year.
Gardens are a great place to take kids (see friendly squirrels), and music, art, and theatre are played for reasons. After exploring all the botanical beauty, you can relax at a local restaurant. Best of all, admission is free.
Another popular garden in Sheffield is the Winter Garden. Proud of over 2,500 plants, it is one of the UK’s coolest glasshouses. Nearby Peace Gardens are also worth a visit and would be really great if you opt to stay at LIV Student Sheffield it gives you access to many good tourist destinations as it is situated in the main area. Here, the water features take up the middle space between pieces of well-groomed grass and many cafes.
About three miles south of downtown Sheffield, Graves Park is the largest green area of the city and offers a delightful plan of activities for the whole family. Kids love Graves Park Animal Farm, where they can spot a few rare species of farm animals and get close to goats, llamas and donkeys.
Two playgrounds are also located in a smoke-free children’s park, and a small train crosses ponds on weekends and school holidays.
Other popular activities include exploring natural pathways; throwing a fishing line into the lake; and participating in sports such as cricket, tennis, and soccer. After all your sacrifices, you can enjoy a snack at the store.
Tropical Butterfly & Falconry Center
The Tropical Butterfly House Wildlife and Falconry Center is more than just butterflies. This popular family attraction in Sheffield is also home to many predators, including meerkats, lemurs, farm animals, otters, owls, reptiles, birds of prey, and colorful parrots.
Animal lovers can find close contact with some of the most loving animals. You can pat the lemur, meet the meerkats, learn all about the otter from the keeper’s talk, feed the farm animals, and spend countless hours photographing butterflies nearby.
If you are hungry after meeting all the animals, the cafe here will provide you with lunch, snacks, and homemade tea and cakes.
Kelham Island Museum
The Kelham Island Museum – part of the Sheffield Industrial Museums.
Trust – focuses on exhibitions related to the past of Sheffield’s industries, especially metal and silver from the past 300 years.
Artists can be seen on the job at the Little Masters workshop, while the Museum Don museum engine, built-in 1905 and used in one of the local steel mills, always passes where it goes.
The museum also has an amazing collection of tools, as well as historical vehicles. The area around the museum has been equally improved since its industrial development and is now famous for its food and shopping.
Dedicated to St. Peter and St. Paul, Sheffield Cathedral stands on the site of a church building founded in 1100. The new church, built in the style of the Gothic Perpendicular, took its place in the mid-15th century (the choir is the only living tower, and the nave was built in the late 18th century).
When Sheffield became a bishop of the bishop in 1914. Plans were made to make the present area a boundary of a new and larger church. However, the project proved to be a disaster in two world wars, leaving the church and its organization in disarray.
The main decoration provided by the stained-glass windows in the Chapterhouse reflects the history of the city (this was added in the 1960s).
The most interesting of these, the Chaucer Window, depicts a Trumpington miner (from Reeve’s Tale) with his Sheffield knife. In addition to its famous coffee shop, the cathedral also hosts regular educational programs and guided tours.
Weston Park Museum
Sheffield’s largest museum, Weston Park Museum. Was established in 1875 to house the Mappin Art Gallery. An amazing collection of works of art donated to the city by a businessman who benefited from the metal industry. The work of the center has grown over the years and today. It has the natural history of Sheffield, archaeology, social history, and collections of decorative art.
Notable exhibits include the production of Bronze Age art and weapons, 250 paintings by local artists, and numerous visiting exhibitions from major museums. Weston Park itself, which covers the grounds of the former, is also fun to explore. The famous cafe is located on the grounds.
National Museum of Emergency Services
The National Emergency Services Museum – billed as the world’s largest museum – is a must-visit if you are in Sheffield. Highlights of the museum’s large collection of more than 50 old cars, among them many fire engines, police cars, and ambulances, as well as uniforms and equipment.
For special enjoyment, these historic cars can be rented for city tours or private activities. And the standard children’s motor-mounted rides are included with the entry. Also to consider are old prison cells and police stables.
Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet
Just three miles southwest of downtown Sheffield. Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet is an 18th-century Victorian village. Where visitors can learn about the traditional production of iron scissors. The tourist attraction includes warehouses, water wheels, and workspace, as well as a permanent UK steel furnace.
The new addition is the attractive Learning Center of the area. Which used to host educational programs, where you will also receive a state-of-the-art cafe. In a similar vein, the famous Shepherd Wheel in Porter Brook city allows visitors the opportunity to explore. One of the world’s largest water-based recycling centers, it is nearly situated to Nurtur House Sheffield.
Cemetery Art Gallery
Opened in 1934 above Sheffield’s Central Library. The Graves Art Gallery contains a magnificent collection of ancient and English artists from the 18th century to the present day.
Other notable works of art include a collection of beautiful paintings, as well as modern paintings and illustrations.
Gallery of the Millennium
This bright, modern attraction includes metal, contemporary art, and design exhibitions, as well as the distinctive Ruskin city collections. It also hosts tour shows from partners, including Victoria and Albert, Tate, and the National Portrait Gallery. Shop and cafe located on-site.
Also nearby are the Lyceum Theatre and the Crucible Theatre, which reopened in 1990 after extensive renovations. The attractive Site Gallery, which is home to a mix of moving images, new media, and performance art, is also worth a visit.