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Why visit Sheffield?
Whether you use it as a jumping-off point for the Peak District or stick to the city for its universities, cultural or modern attractions, there are many reasons to visit Sheffield. From its position in the middle of the UK, the city enjoys lots of transport links including road, rail and air. Wondering how to get to Sheffield? It couldn't be easier. Frequent East Midlands Railway services travel to and from Sheffield, with journey times just two hours from London and less than an hour from Manchester. Prefer to drive? No problem! The city is at the heart of the UK motorway network, just off the M1, and boasts plenty of hotels with parking to make arriving by road even more manageable.
The Peak District on its doorstep
Sheffield is a beautiful base for weekend breaks in the Peak District, letting you combine the best of urban and countryside escapes. Driving from Sheffield City Centre to the Peak District takes around 30 minutes. The Hope Valley train line runs between Sheffield and Manchester, stopping at charming Peak District villages like Hope and Edale along the way. From there, head out for scenic hikes or mountain biking; Peak District highlights include Mam Tor, Kinder Scout and Bleaklow Head. Make sure your adventure loops you back to the village, where you can stop to enjoy a drink and traditional pub lunch before taking the train back to Sheffield.
Nature, whatever the weather
The Peak District gets significantly more rain than the rest of the UK, just one of the reasons for its lush green landscape. Worried about the weather spoiling your time in Sheffield? You'll be pleased to discover the city's botanical gardens and Winter Garden.
Sheffield Botanical Gardens
Sheffield Botanical Gardens are home to around 5,000 plant species over 19 acres. Explore a series of Grade II-listed glass pavilions (a perfect escape from the rain), restored since their original construction in 1836. The collections are continually expanding as more species are added, including some rare beauties and plants from warmer parts of the world showcased in the temperate glasshouses.
Sheffield Winter Garden
Sheffield's award-winning Winter Garden is one of the largest temperate glasshouses in the UK, opened by the Queen in 2003. The towering structure is 70 metres long and 22 metres high, home to more than 2,500 plants. A warm oasis in the heart of Sheffield, this artificial green space is a perfect escape from the bustle of urban living. Sheffield Winter Garden also houses a café and a couple of shops, so you can pop in for an hour or two and recharge.
Museums and galleries
Sheffield boasts a variety of museums and galleries, showcasing art and artefacts from throughout history. Whether you want to learn more about the area's industrial past or enjoy classical artwork, the city's museums are among the top things to do in Sheffield.
Weston Park Museum
Weston Park Museum explores the story of Sheffield throughout history. Explore various permanent and temporary exhibitions and interactive exhibits. From its geological roots to its politics and people, there's nothing you can't learn about Sheffield here.
Prefer to discover artistic collections? Head over to the Millennium Gallery, Sheffield's premier destination for art and design. See some of the unparalleled metalwork which made Sheffield famous and enjoy ever-changing exhibitions from international artists. The Millennium Gallery also hosts the UK's finest touring collections, including collections from the Tate, the V&A and the National Portrait Gallery.
A taste of Yorkshire
The county is known for its rugged landscape and charming villages, friendly locals and historical cities. Not to mention its hearty, comforting food. Enjoy an authentic taste of Yorkshire when you eat at some of the best pubs and restaurants in Sheffield.
For casual comfort food
Often, Sheffield's best food is served without a fuss. Head to Cutlery Works, the largest food hall in the north of England, and order from 14 different vendors in a cosy, laid-back setting. Ashoka is Sheffield's oldest Indian restaurant, open since 1967. It's an easy choice for indulgent dinners that leave you feeling satisfied. Or head to the pub! There are many great gastropubs in the city serving hearty meals in comfortable surroundings. Try The Museum, The Fox and Duck or The Rising Sun.
For a special occasion
Visiting Sheffield for a romantic break or celebrating a special occasion? There are plenty of restaurants to set the scene. Try Jöro for a spectacular eight-course tasting menu showcasing local produce. No Name is a small bistro with a constantly-changing menu. Or try Silversmiths for refined cuisine strongly influenced by Yorkshire's food heritage.