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DISCOVER SHEFFIELD CITY CENTRE

Sheffield Informer is the independent travel guide, offering a mixture of information and personal recommendations to help you make the most of your visit to Sheffield city centre. Whether you are coming for business, sport, culture, shopping or visiting Sheffield Hallam University's City Campus, here you will find all you need to know.

 


WHAT TO DO ON YOUR VISIT

To make the most of your stay, we recommend walks, where to enjoy the views and our favourite independent places to eat and shop. We also point to places to sleep, do sport and where to find amenities such as lockers, chemists and post offices. We only include companies we personally like or those whose inclusion we feel will be useful.

To make planning your visit as easy as possible here's a map, and street views of Sheffield Town Hall and Sheffield Train Station.

                                                  INFORMATION                                                         

Accommodation

Whether you are looking for a hotel, short stay apartment or something a little different in Sheffield city centre, the options include:

Hotels
Best Western Cutlers Hotel, George Street, S1 2PF
Hampton by Hilton Sheffield, West Bar Green, S1 2DA
Hilton Sheffield Hotel, Victoria Quays, Furnival Road, S4 7YB
Holiday Inn Express Sheffield City Centre, Blonk Street, S1 2AB
Holiday Inn Royal Victoria Sheffield, Victoria Station Road, S4 7YE
Hotel Novotel Sheffield Centre, 50 Arundel Gate, S1 2PR
ibis Hotel Sheffield City, Shude Hill, S1 2AR
Jurys Inn Sheffield, 119 Eyre Street, S1 4QW
Leopold Hotel, 2 Leopold Street, Leopold Square, S1 2GZ
Mercure Sheffield St Paul's Hotel and Spa, 119 Norfolk Street, S1 2JE
Premier Inn Sheffield City Centre (Angel Street), 19 Angel Street, S3 8LN
Premier Inn Sheffield City Centre (St Mary's Gate), Young Street, S1 4UP
Sheffield Metropolitan Hotel, Blonk Street, S1 2AU (hotel for sale June 2015)
Travelodge Sheffield Central Hotel, 1 Broad Street West, S1 2BG

Other
Houseboat Hotels, Victoria Quays, Wharf Street, S2 5SY
SLEEP Sheffield, 33 Scotland Street, S3 7BS (room only; some rooms shared bathrooms and some en-suite)
Wilson Carlile Centre, 50 Cavendish Street, S3 7RZ (B&B; en-suite rooms in self-contained apartments)

Short stay apartments
Citybase Apartments (Corporation Building, Sinclair Building and West One)
City Crash Pad (West One, Chimes and Broughton House)
City Lodgings (Corporation Building)
Forget The Hotel (The Point and West One)
KSpace Serviced Apartments (Sinclair Building and West One)
Prestige Apartments (West One)
Saco Apartments (West One)

And you could check Airbnb, HomeAway and Wimdu for short stay room lets.

Chemists

Boots, 4-6 High Street, S1 1QF
Boots, 66 The Moor, S1 4PA
Wicker Pharmacy, 55-57 Wicker, S3 8HT. On the city centre's northern border, it is open late 364 days a year, as well as a couple of hours on Christmas day.


Internet cafes and free Wi-Fi

Internet cafe
Selam Internet Cafe, 3-4 Ladys Bridge, S3 8GA (On the city centre's northern border)

Free Wi-Fi
These restaurants, cafes and other venues have free Wi-Fi:

Aagrah, 1 Leopold Square, Leopold Street, S1 2JG
All Bar One, 13-15 Leopold Street, S1 2GY
Cafe Rouge, 1 Sheffield Centre, St Paul's Place, S1 2JL
Caffe Nero, Unit 2a, St Pauls, S1 2JX / Caffe Nero, 2 High Street, S1 2GE / Caffe Nero, 15-17 Division Street, S1 4GE
Cavendish, 220-238 West Street, S1 4EU - also has Wi-Fi printer, USB connections and sockets
Costa, 87-89 Pinstone Street, S1 2HJ / Costa, 40-44 Division Street, S1 4GF / Costa@Premier Inn Sheffield City Centre (Angel Street), 19 Angel Street, S3 8LN
Eten, 2–3 York Street, S1 2ER
J D Wetherspoon: Bankers Draft, 1-3 Market Place, S1 2GH / Benjamin Huntsman, 12-18 Cambridge Street, S1 4HP / Sheffield Waterworks Company, Cambridge House, 2-12 Division Street, S1 4GF
McDonalds, 20-22 High Street, S1 2GE
Millennium Gallery, Arundel Gate, S1 2PP
Pizza Express, 124 Devonshire Street, S3 7SF / Pizza Express, Unit 1, City Lofts Tower, St Pauls Place, S1 2PT
Pizza Hut, 41-47 High Street, S1 2GE
Sheffield Tap, Platform 1B, Sheffield Station, Sheaf Street, S1 2BP
Showroom, Paternoster Row, S1 2BX - also has sockets
Starbucks, 67-69 Surrey Street, S1 2LA / Starbucks, 4 Fargate, S1 2HE / Starbucks, Unit 6, Orchard Square, S1 2FB
Steam Yard Coffee Co, Aberdeen Court, 97-101 Division Street, S1 4GE
Strada, 6 Leopold Square, Leopold Street, S1 2JG
Rutland Arms, 86 Brown Street, S1 2BS
Wagamama, 2 Leopold Square, Leopold Street, S1 2JG
Yates's, Sheffield, 2–6 Cambridge Street, S1 4HP

We can't vouch for the strength of Wi-Fi in all of these venues, but we can say from experience that the Showroom has a reliable connection.


Lockers

Lockers are available by the National Express departure point at Sheffield Interchange (bus station), Archway Centre, Pond Square, S1 2BD. To get there from Sheffield train station, cross Sheaf Road, walk down the covered walk way and enter the bus station.

You can also find lockers at Millennium Gallery, Arundel Gate, S1 2PP. To get there from Sheffield train station, walk up Howard Street.


Other

Afternoon tea
Andrews Cafe Tea Rooms, 32-34 Chapel Walk, S1 2PD
Browns Bar & Brasserie, 8-12 St Pauls Parade, S1 2JL
Eten Sheffield, 2-3 York Street, S1 2ER
Leopold Hotel, 2 Leopold Street, Leopold Square, S1 2GZ
Hilton Sheffield Hotel, Victoria Quays, Furnival Road, S4 7YB
Patisserie Valerie, 11 Barkers Pool, S1 2HB

Apparently Mercure Sheffield St Paul's Hotel and Spa and Hotel Novotel Sheffield Centre do afternoon tea but we couldn’t find any information on their websites.

Brewery (watch beer being brewed)
The Tapped Brew Co, Sheffield Station, Sheaf Street, S1 2BP

Bingo
Mecca, Flat Street, S1 2BA

Casino
Genting Club Sheffield, St Paul’s Place, Arundel Gate, S1 2PN

Escape Games
Crack the code Sheffield, 10 Carver Street, S1 4FS 
The Great Escape Sheffield, Avec Building, 3-7 Sidney Street, S1 4RG

Laser
LaserArena, 4 Bank Street, S1 2DS

Late night eating
If you want to order food in a restaurant after 10pm, the options include:

Aagrah, Leopold Square, 1 Leopold Street, S1 2JG, Monday-Thursday till 11:30pm, Friday and Saturday till 12am
Akbars, 10 West One Plaza, Fitzwilliam Street, S1 4JB, Monday-Saturday till 12am, Sunday till 11.30pm
Browns Bar & Brasserie, 8-12 St Pauls Parade, S1 2JL, Friday and Saturday till 11pm
Cubana, 4 Leopold Square, S1 2JG, Monday-Sunday till 10.30pm
Cosmo, Unit 2, City Lofts Tower, St Pauls Place, S1 2PT, buffet available Monday-Thursday till 10.30pm, Friday and Saturday till 11pm
Hou Mei Asian Cafe, St Paul’s Place, Arundel Gate, S1 2PN, Monday-Sunday open till 2am
Nando’s, Royal Plaza Development, West Street, S1 4EZ, Sunday-Thursday open till 11pm, Friday and Saturday till 12am

Spa
Mercure Sheffield St Paul's Hotel and Spa, 119 Norfolk Street, S1 2JE
Spa 1877, 67 Victoria Street, S3 7QD


Post Offices and post box collection

552 Bank Street, S1 2DS. It has a limited service Post Office counter. Monday to Friday 12pm-1.30pm and 2.30pm-6.30pm.

194 Norfolk Street, S1 2JH. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9am-5.30pm. Wednesday 9.30-5.30pm. Saturday 8am-3pm.

1st floor, Wilko, 34-36 Haymarket, S1 2AX. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 8.30am-6.00pm. Tuesday 9am-6.00pm.

(Opening times correct as at August 2015)

The last daily post box collection in Sheffield is at Sheffield Mail Centre, Brightside Lane, S9 2XX on Monday to Friday at 7.30pm and on Saturday at 3.30pm. There is no post box collection on Sundays. If you are going to Sheffield Mail Centre by bus, you can take numbers including X78.


Retail chains: cafes and restaurants

If you like the comfort of knowing exactly what you will be eating, we have listed major chains with at least five branches in five different UK towns or cities.

Aagrah, 1 Leopold Square, Leopold Street, S1 2JG
Akbars, 10 West One Plaza, Fitzwilliam Street, S1 4JB
All Bar One, 13-15 Leopold Street, S1 2GY
Ask Italian, 8-10 Cambridge Street, S1 4HP
Bills, 2 St Paul's Place, 127 Norfolk Street, S1 2JF
Brewdog, 108-110 Devonshire Street, S3 7SF
Baskin-Robbins, Unit 9, Eldon Court, Devonshire Street, S3 7SF
Browns Bar & Brasserie, 8-12 St Pauls Parade, S1 2JL
Cafe Rouge, 1 Sheffield Centre, St Paul's Place, S1 2JL
Caffe Nero, Unit 2a, St Pauls, S1 2JX / Caffe Nero, 2 High Street, S1 2GE / Caffe Nero, 15-17 Division Street, S1 4GE
Cosmo, Unit 2, City Lofts Tower, St Pauls Place, S1 2PT
Costa, 87-89 Pinstone Street, S1 2HJ / Costa, 40-44 Division Street, S1 4GF / Costa@Premier Inn Sheffield City Centre - Angel Street, S3 8LN
Ego, 88 Surrey Street, S1 2LH
Greggs, 6 Fargate, S1 2HE / Greggs, 93 Pinstone Street, S1 2HJ / Greggs, 125 Pinstone Street, S1 2HL / Greggs, 21 Market Place, S1 2GH / Greggs, 61 The Moor, S1 4PF / Greggs, 100 The Moor, S1 4PB
J D Wetherspoon: Bankers Draft, 1-3 Market Place, S1 2GH / Benjamin Huntsman, 12-18 Cambridge Street, S1 4HP / Sheffield Waterworks Company, Cambridge House, 2-12 Division Street, S1 4GF
KFC, 1 Haymarket, S1 2AZ / KFC, 159-165 West Street, S1 4EW
Las Iguanas, 8-9 West One Plaza, Fitzwilliam Street, S1 4JP
McDonalds, 20-22 High Street, S1 2GE
Nando’s, Royal Plaza Development, West Street, S1 4EZ
Patisserie Valerie, 11 Barkers Pool, S1 2HB
Piccolino, 4 Millennium Square, S1 2JJ
Pizza Express, 124 Devonshire Street, S3 7SF / Pizza Express, Unit 1, City Lofts Tower, St Pauls Place, S1 2PT
Pizza Hut, 41-47 High Street, S1 2GE
Revolucion De Cuba, 1 Mappin Street, S1 4DT
Revolution, 1-2 West One Plaza, Fitzwilliam Street, S1 4JL
Starbucks, 67-69 Surrey Street, S1 2LA / Starbucks, 4 Fargate, S1 2HE / Starbucks, Unit 6, Orchard Square, S1 2FB
Strada, 6 Leopold Square, Leopold Street, S1 2JG
Subway, 208 West Street, S1 4EU / Subway, 100 Devonshire Street, S3 7SF / Subway, Orchard Square Shopping Centre, S1 2FB / Subway 96 The Moor, S1 4PB
Tropeiro Brazilian Restaurant, 7 Leopold Square, Leopold Street, S1 2JG
Wagamama, 2 Leopold Square, Leopold Street, S1 2JG
Yates's, Sheffield, 2–6 Cambridge Street, S1 4HP
Zizzi, 8 Leopold Square, Leopold Street, S1 2JG

Leopold Square, a secluded pleasant spot, is particularly enjoyable on a sunny day for alfresco dining (and people watching). It has a summer season of outdoor live music.

If you are looking for late night eating options, see our listings in the 'Other' section.


Sport

If you are staying for a few days and want to keep fit, there are a few pay as you go options:

If you are a competent climber - The Foundry, Unit 2, 45 Mowbray Street, S3 8EN (on the city centre's northern border)
Fitness classes at Ponds Forge, Sheaf Street, S1 2BP
Gym at Ponds Forge, Sheaf Street, S1 2BP
Roller skating at Skate Central, 1 Queens Road, S2 4DF (on the city centre's southern border)
Free Skate park at Devonshire Green, Devonshire Street, S3 7SW
Swimming at Ponds Forge, Sheaf Street, S1 2BP

If you are planning to stay in a hotel and don't want to pay extra, some have facilities:
Hampton by Hilton Sheffield, West Bar Green, S1 2DA - 24-hour gym
Hilton Sheffield Hotel, Victoria Quays, Furnival Road, S4 7YB - swimming pool and gym
Holiday Inn Express Sheffield City Centre, Blonk Street, S1 2AB - gym (off-site)
Holiday Inn Royal Victoria, Victoria Station Road, S4 7YE - 24-hour gym
Hotel Novotel Sheffield Centre, 50 Arundel Gate, S1 2PR - swimming pool
Jurys Inn Sheffield, 119 Eyre Street, S1 4QW - 24-hour gym
Leopold Hotel, 2 Leopold Street, Leopold Square, S1 2GZ - gym
Mercure Sheffield St Paul's Hotel and Spa, 119 Norfolk Street, S1 2JE - swimming pool and gym


Supermarkets

The Co-operative, Angel Street, S3 8LS
The Co-operative, 30-34 Pinstone Street, S1 2HN
Marks and Spencer, 19 Fargate, S1 1LF
Marks and Spencer Simply Food, Sheffield Train Station, Sheaf Street, S1 2BQ
Sainsbury’s Arundel Gate Local, 52-54 Arundel Gate, S1 2PT
Sainsbury's Division Street Local, 27-29 Division Street, S1 4GE
Sainsbury's High Street Local, 19-21 High Street, S1 2GA
Sainsbury’s The Moor, 76 The Moor, S1 4PA
Sainsbury's Truro Court Local, Liberty Court, 1 Mortimer Street, S1 4RZ
Tesco Church Street Express, 17 Church Street, S1 2GN
Tesco West St Metro, 139 West Street, S1 4GB

If you are self-catering, it may be worth popping to Moor Market for it's reasonably priced fruit & vegetables, meat, fish, bread and craft ale/beer.

Also useful is Simmonites (Division Street, S1 4GF), a family-run butchers, fishmongers and deli which is open 7am-7pm, 7 days a week (as at August 2015).


Toilets

Free
Central Library, Surrey Street, S1 1XZ (upstairs by Graves Gallery).

Moor Market, 77 The Moor, S1 4PF.

All of the following venues are members of Sheffield City Council’s Community Toilet Scheme:

Bankers Draft, 1-3 Market Place, S1 2GH
Benjamin Huntsman, 12-18 Cambridge Street, S1 4HP
Debenhams, The Moor, S1 3LR
Frog and Parrot, 94 Division Street, S1 4GF
Henry's Bar, 38 Cambridge Street, S1 4HS
John Lewis, Barkers Pool, S1 1EP
The Sheffield Waterworks Company, Cambridge House, 2-12 Division Street, S1 4GF
Orchard Square Shopping Centre, Orchard Square, S1 2FB
SOYO, 117 Rockingham Street, S1 4EB
The Wick At Both Ends, West Street, S1 4EW
Walkabout, Carver Street, S1 4FS
Yates's, 2–6 Cambridge Street, S1 4HP

Sheffield Train Station, Sheaf Street, S1 2BP by Platforms 5 and 6.

While not quite public toilets, Crucible Theatre, Tudor Square, S1 2LA and Millennium Gallery, Arundel Gate, S1 2PP both receive significant national and local funding, so you should be able to use their customer toilets in an emergency.

Paid

Market Place, S1 2GH (wheelchair accessible)

Sheffield Train Station, Sheaf Street, S1 2BP by WHSmith’s

Sheffield Interchange (Bus Station), Archway Centre, Pond Square, S1 2BD


Tourist information

Information Centre, Winter Garden, Surrey Street, S1 2LH

Monday to Friday 9.30am-1.00pm and 1.30pm-5:00pm
Saturday 9.30am-1.00pm and 1.30pm-4:00pm
(Opening times correct as at August 2015)


Travel around Sheffield city centre

Travel South Yorkshire provides information on trains, trams and buses. Face to face advice is available at Sheffield Interchange (bus station), Archway Centre, Pond Square, S1 2BD and Arundel Gate, 30 Arundel Gate, S1 2PP.

Bike hire
Available at Sheffield train station (also has changing rooms). There are cycle maps for the city centre and other areas. You can find cycle parking, locker and stand locations here.

Bus
Most buses in Sheffield pass through the city centre, with many stopping at Sheffield Interchange (bus station). The bus maps for North Sheffield and South Sheffield show the routes and city centre bus stops.

Car
There are Sheffield City Council and private car parks or on street parking bays.

If you are driving you can plan your route here. The city centre has one-way routes which can be baffling!

There is an electric car charging point at Carver Street, S1 4FT.

If you want to fill up when you are in the area, the closest petrol stations are:
Bp, 105 Bramall Lane, S2 4QZ‎
Shell, 158 Ecclesall Road, S11 8JD
Shell, Netherthorpe Road, S3 7EZ
Waitrose, 1-3 Ecclesall Road, S11 8HY

Car club
If you a member of City Car Club, they have a number of cars in Sheffield city centre.

Car hire
Alamo, 40 Corporation Street, S3 8RP
Avis, Ebenezer Street, S3 8UR
Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 6 Queens Road, Regent House, S2 4DG (on the city centre's southern border)
Europa, 40 Corporation Street, S3 8RP
Hertz, Matilda Street, S1 4QG
Sixt, Turner Street, S1 2BP / Sixt, 7 Broad Street West, S1 2BQ

Park and Ride
There are Park and Ride sites at Nunnery Square (off the A630/A57/A61 Parkway), Meadowhall Intercharge (M1, junction 34), Middlewood and Valley Centertainment (M1, junction 34). All of these sites are on a direct tram route to Sheffield city centre.

Taxi
There is a rank at the front of Sheffield train station.

The other ranks that we know of are at Angel Street, Barkers Pool, Cumberland Street, Fitzalan Square, Haymarket and Sheffield Interchange (bus station).

Tram
Supertram provides an easy way to get around the city.

Walking
You can plan your route here.


Travel to Sheffield

Air
Sheffield is within an hours drive or taxi ride from several international airports:

East Midlands Airport: 47 miles from Sheffield.
The nearest train station is East Midlands Parkway which has a direct train connection to Sheffield. However, there is no train/bus connection from East Midlands Airport to East Midlands Parkway (4 miles away), so it is advisable to pre-book a taxi.

Alternatively, you can get a bus from East Midlands Airport to Derby train station and from there get a direct train to Sheffield.

Leeds Bradford International Airport: 40 miles from Sheffield.
Buses run from the airport to Leeds train station and from there you can get a direct train to Sheffield.

Manchester Airport: 41 miles from Sheffield.
There is a direct train to Sheffield.

Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield: 18 miles from Sheffield.
Buses run from the airport to Doncaster Interchange and from there you can get a direct train to Sheffield.

If you are coming from a London airport:

London City Airport
To travel by train you can take the Docklands Light Railway to Bank station and then take the London Underground Circle line to King's Cross St Pancras station. Or you can take a shuttle bus to Liverpool St station and then take the London Underground Circle, Hammersmith & City or Metropolitan lines to King's Cross St Pancras station. From St Pancras International station you can get a train direct to Sheffield.

If you want to travel by National Express coach, you should go to Victoria Coach Station. To get there you can take the Docklands Light Railway to Bank station and then take the London Underground Circle or District line to Victoria station. It is a 300 metre walk to Victoria Coach Station. From there you can take a direct National Express coach to Sheffield.

London Gatwick Airport
To travel by train, get a train to St Pancras International station. From there you can get a direct train to Sheffield.

Alternatively, you can take a direct National Express coach to Sheffield.

London Heathrow Airport
To travel by train you can take the London Underground Piccadilly line to King's Cross St Pancras station. Or you can take the Heathrow Express train to Paddington and then take the London Underground Circle or Hammersmith & City lines to King's Cross St Pancras station. From St Pancras International station you can get a train direct to Sheffield.

Alternatively, you can take a direct National Express coach to Sheffield.

London Luton
To travel by train you should get a shuttle bus to Luton Airport Parkway station and then catch a train. You will need to change at least once to get to Sheffield.

Alternatively, you can take a direct National Express coach to Sheffield.

London Southend Airport
To travel by train you should take a train to Liverpool St station and then take the London Underground Circle, Hammersmith & City or Metropolitan lines to King's Cross St Pancras station. From St Pancras International station you can get a direct train to Sheffield.

National Express does not go to London Southend Airport. To get a coach you should take a train to Liverpool St station and then take the London Underground Circle line to Victoria station. It is a 300 metre walk to Victoria Coach Station. From there you can take a direct National Express coach to Sheffield.

London Stansted Airport
To travel by train you should take the Stansted Express to Liverpool St station and then take the London Underground Circle, Hammersmith & City or Metropolitan lines to King's Cross St Pancras station. From St Pancras International station you can get a train direct to Sheffield.

Alternatively, you can take a National Express coach to Sheffield, changing once.

Car
Sheffield city centre is 5 miles from the M1, exit at junction 33.

Coach
National Express stops at Sheffield Interchange (bus station). Megabus stops at Meadowhall Interchange. From there you can get a bus, tram or train to Sheffield city centre.

Train
Sheffield is centrally located in England and easy to get to from many cities:

Derby, Leeds and Wakefield are within 40 minutes.

Leicester, Manchester, Nottingham and York are within 60 minutes.

Birmingham, Bradford, Hull, Lichfield, Lincoln, Salford and Stoke-on-Trent are within 90 minutes.

Further away, but on direct lines are Bristol, Durham, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Liverpool, Newcastle, Norwich, Oxford, Peterborough and Plymouth.

London St Pancras International station is from two hours away with two trains every hour. The Eurostar train arrives at London St Pancras International station, making it easy to change platforms and catch a direct train to Sheffield.

Train tickets increase in price the closer the ticket is booked to the date of travel. So if possible you should book train tickets as far in advance as you can - tickets are available up to 12 weeks before date of travel. Also, you should check the train company's 'peak' hours and try to book train tickets for 'off-peak' hours, as this will usually save you paying the full price.

If two of you are travelling together, you should check if the Two Together Railcard will save you money.

See National Rail to plan your journey. And check Megatrains for discounted tickets.

Walk-in Health Centre

Sheffield NHS Walk-in Centre, Rockingham House, Broad Lane, S1 3PB.

There's also a walk-in appointment sexual health clinic - Central Health Clinic, 1 Mulberry Street, S1 2PJ.

 

Weather

The Met Office has a useful five day guide.

 

                                               RECOMMENDATIONS                                              
Culture

Architecture and design
Ernest Wright and Son Limited - one of only two handmade scissor makers left in Britain. It has a view into the factory to watch the scissors being made, as well as a 'Made in Sheffield' shop and an as-you-wait sharpening service.

Park Hill - a love letter to 'brutalism'. While you can see its ongoing redevelopment, you can also still view the design features such as the 'streets in the sky', that made it Europe's largest Grade II* listed building. To walk there, go left past the Sheffield train station entrance on Sheaf Road, continue to the railway arches and traffic lights where you will see some stairs. At the top of the stairs you will see both the old and new architecture.

Sheffield Cathedral - you can take a tour of this historic Grade I listed building or see if a guide is available to show you around.

Cathedral Church of St Marie - Sheffield's Catholic Cathedral, built in the 1840's in a gothic design, is now Grade II* listed.

Upper Chapel - this Unitarian Church is open Wednesdays 11.30am-1.00pm, if you want to have a peek inside the stunning Grade II listed building.

Art gallery, art space and museum
There are many galleries, museums and art spaces to explore: 35 Chapel Walk, 99 Mary St, Access Space, APG Works, Bank Street Arts, B&B Gallery, Bloc Projects, Butchers Works Gallery, The Gallery at The Circle, Graves Gallery, Exchange Place Studios, MADE NORTH Design & Craft Gallery, Millennium Gallery, National Emergency Services Museum, S1 Artspace, Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery and Site Gallery.

Sheffield Art Map has a useful venue information guide.

For something a little different, PRISM runs one-night contemporary art events. And Transmission hold regular free lectures.

Comedy, dance, spoken word and theatre
Crucible/Lyceum/Studio (Sheffield Theatres)
Library Theatre
Montgomery Theatre
Last Laugh Comedy Club
The Leadmill Comedy Club
Scribble (storytelling)
Sheffield City Hall
Square Hole Comedy
Theatre Delicatessen North
Winner Takes All Comedy Club

A special mention for Sheffield Theatres. This long-standing critics favourite was the first theatre to be consecutively voted 'Regional Theatre of the Year' (2013 and 2014). The in-house productions at the Crucible and Studio are often something special, and if the Artistic Director Daniel Evans is at the helm, you are likely to see something innovative.

Film
Curzon Sheffield - independent and hollywood films
Leadmill Cinematic
Magic Lantern - film club with screenings in different venues, some of which are in the city centre
Movie Park - outdoor screenings
Odeon - hollywood films
Red Deer - Sci-fi screenings several times a month
Showroom - independent and hollywood films
The Village Green - outdoor screenings

Music – the venues where you can go and see live music virtually every day and night, from every genre (such as pop, jazz, blues, folk, rock, punk, goth, metal and classical) include: 02 Academy Sheffield, The Bath Hotel, The Bowery, Bungalows and Bears, Cathedral Church of St Marie, Corporation, Cubana Tapas Bar, Dove & Rainbow, The Great Gatsby, Green Room, The Harlequin, The Hop, The Leadmill, Mentholmans@West St Live, Music in the Round, Plug, Red Deer, Shakespeares, Sheffield Cathedral, Sheffield City Hall, The Roebuck, Rutland Arms, Trippets Lounge Bar and The Washington. See Sheffield Music Scene for listings.

Currently Sheffield train station has a piano that you play at your leisure.

Our Fave Places has a monthly cultural guide.

Festivals and Fairs - there's a diverse range of annual events you can go to including:
Celluloid Screams (October - horror films)
Chance to Dance (July - community celebration of dance)
Chinese New Year Show (January/February)
Craft and Design Month (May)
Heritage Open Days (September - historical architecture)
Independent Publishers Book Fair (October)
Independent Venue Week (January-February)
Last Laugh Comedy Festival (October)
May Festival (classical music)
National Libraries Day (February)
Off the Shelf Festival of Words (October)
One Sheffield Many Cultures (May - music and dance)
Open Up Sheffield & South Yorkshire (May - artists' open studios)
Out of This World (October - horror, sci-fi and magic)
Oxjam Sheffield Music Festival (October)
Peace and Craft Fair (November - small scale craft makers)
Philadelphia Beer & Blues Festival (May)
Record Store Day (April)
Resistanz Festival (April - international industrial music)
SADATA One Act Play Festival (June - amateur theatre companies)
Sensoria (September - music/film/digital)
ShAFF (March - adventure films)
Sheffield Anarchist Book Fair (May)
Sheffield Design & Architecture Film Festival (June)
Sheffield Design Week (June)
Sheffield Doc/Fest (June - international documentary films/digital media)
Sheffield Fringe (June - art and documentary)
Sheffield Institute of Arts Degree Show (June - Sheffield Hallam University end of degree show)
Sheffield Sessions Festival (March - folk music)
Sheffield Urban Design Week (October)
Sheffield Zine Fest (March)
Showcomotion (July - children's films)
Tramlines (July - music)
Wrought Festival (October - one-to-one performance art)
Yorkshire Artspace Open Studios (May as part of Open up Sheffield & South Yorkshire, and November)

 

Independent cafes and restaurants

Our current favourites include:

Blue Moon, 2 St James Street, S1 2EW – vegetarian/vegan cafe open till 8pm (not open Sundays). A long time meeting place of the alternative community, it serves homely healthy food and stands out for its quick service and good cakes. There are two small rooms on the first floor if the dining area is full.

Bungalows and Bears, The Old Fire Station, Division Street, S1 1RU - bar with trendy interior and an inclusive atmosphere. It offers consistently superb comfort food at reasonable prices.

Couch, 29-31 Campo Lane, S1 2EG - for its oh, so, satisfying milkshakes. And we really like its long opening hours.

Eten, 2–3 York Street, S1 2ER - when you walk into this deceptively large cafe bistro, it might seem as if you are going to have an everyday homely food experience, but you are in for something special. The set menu offers excellent food at remarkable prices, and the staff are sweetly caring, chatty and adaptable. If you are a gluten-free foodie, you will be spoilt for choice.

Flurt, 70 Pinstone Street, S1 2HP - we can't believe that their yummy frozen yogurt is healthy! A moreish treat whatever the weather, with plenty of flavours and toppings to choose from.

Fusion, 72 Arundel Street, S1 2NS - laid back organic cafe, where you can taste the touch of homemade cooking. The prices are attractive and the soup particularly good.

Harmony Cafe, 17 Westfield Terrace, S1 4GH - with English and Chinese menus that are good enough to tempt the many nearby Chinese students, its food is unfussy, portion sizes large and prices relatively small.

Marmadukes Cafe Deli, 22a Norfolk Row, S1 2PA - premier food at premier prices. Everything here (food, service, presentation, interior) is well above average. It's a real addition to the city centre offering something special. Blankets are thoughtfully provided on less warm days if you want to sit outside.

Motore Café - an artisan coffee van on Howard Street, S1 1WB (between Sheffield train station and Sheffield Hallam University). On offer is their custom blended coffee (and other hot drinks), cakes, Sicilian pastries and friendly customer service. You can sit on Howard Street or for somewhere a little warmer, the Winter Garden is just up the road.

Noodle Inn Centro, 15 Westfield Terrace, S1 4GH - deceptively large and a big favourite with Chinese students, it offers halal big plates that should satisfy both you and your wallet (though if you can, skip the watery orange juice). Expect to take a doggy bag home; you probably won't be able to squeeze in the free ice cream. There's an unexpected courtyard at the back.

The Old House, 113-117 Devonshire Street, S3 7SB - a gastro pub that's part of a local chain. It offers waiter service, an extensive selection of cocktails, comfy interior, a gin school, but most of all, good British food, especially the homemade pies. We have never had a disappointing food experience here, though the sometimes loud music can be distracting.

Rutland Arms, 86 Brown Street, S1 2BS - quirky interior laced with a good sense of humour and great pies. The best value food we have found in Sheffield city centre. The only problem might be finding a seat in this cosy pub, but not in the summer, as there's a beer garden.

Silversmiths, 111 Arundel Street, S1 2NT - never afraid of reinvention, it's one of the city's finest outlets with owners who know that upmarket isn't just about pricing, but reflects the quality of food. The service though, can be melodramatic. Its pre-theatre British menu is a national media favourite and it is a multi-award winning venue that we are glad still survives.

Steam Yard Coffee Co, Aberdeen Court, 97-101 Division Street, S1 4GE - simply fab-u-lous. It offers great coffee and sandwiches, with a well thought out interior, laid back vibe and attentive staff who seem genuinely friendly. And for those rare sunny days there is courtyard seating.

The Street Food Chef, 90 Arundel Street, S1 4RE / The Street Food Chef, 98 Pinstone Street, S1 2HQ - good value, well made Mexican food served quickly; fast food that won't insult your stomach. Try to leave space for the freshly made churros. The Arundel Street branch has seating.

Tamper, 9 Westfield Terrace, S1 4GH - this artisan coffee bar serves fine toasties and sandwiches with a New Zealand twist. You might struggle to get a seat as it's small, but well worth trying for the great atmosphere.

Tamper: Sellers Wheel, 149 Arundel Street, S1 2NU - Tamper's cafe sister, is full of industrial-style chic with exposed brick walls and quiet trendiness. It's not the place to go for a quick lunch, but the food is very good, if restaurant priced.

VeroGusto, 12 Norfolk Row, S1 2PA - an Italian run by Italians serving authentic freshly cooked Italian food...very fine dining in very fine surroundings. A real local gem. When the sun comes out, you can enjoy eating outside on the pleasant pedestrianised cobbled Norfolk Row.

The Wig & Pen by The Milestone, 44 Campo Lane, S1 2EG - deceptively large gasto pub offering quality British cuisine with an innovative twist. An emphasis on local fresh ingredients and making virtually all their own food means this is a place to go for a memorable meal.

Cake
If you just want cake, Blue Moon, Marmadukes Cafe Deli and Steam Yard Coffee Co all have enjoyable choices. And we are excited about the newish artisan bakery.

Indian
All you want is an Indian? Then to Aagrah (1 Leopold Square, Leopold Street, S1 2JG) you should go. We know it's a chain but it's consistently very good. For us, no other Indian restaurant in the city centre comes anywhere close.

Street food
If you are a street food fan there's the bimonthly Peddler Market and also Street Food Friday.

Sunday evening
If you want to eat out on a Sunday evening the choice is limited but both Bungalows and Bears and The Old House serve food until 10pm.

Late night eating
If you are looking for late night eating options, see our listings in the 'Other' section.



Independent shops

Our current favourites include:

All Good Stuff, 72 Arundel Street, S1 2NS - wow...a delightful and wide range of handcrafted cards, jewellery, prints, books, soaps, cushions, lampshades and much more from around 50 local artists and designers. An excellent place for unusual gifts.

The Bessemer I Gallery
, Winter Garden, 90 Surrey Street, S1 2LH - a showcase of design and contemporary fine craft from small scale producers. Good price range.

Birds Yard, 44 Chapel Walk, S1 2PD - a collection of creative design, many from local makers including clothes, gifts, food, books etc.

Filibuster & Booth, 158 Devonshire Street, S3 7SG - vintage jewellery and accessories at very reasonable prices. Also sells antiques. You'll be amazed at how much fits in a small space.

Freshmans, 6-8 Carver Street, S1 4FS - for retro fashion lovers, it stocks handpicked and reworked vintage clothing and accessories. There's normally a decent choice to rummage through (strong on sportswear) and the prices are sensible.

LP Record Store, 137A Arundel Street, S1 2NU - an impressive range of vinyl records, curated by a knowledgeable and friendly owner. It has everything from soul to indie, with many other genres inbetween.

Mooch Vintage, 76 Division Street, S1 4GF - possibly the best shop in Sheffield's 'vintage triangle'. An irresistible selection at favourable prices.

MoonKo, 89 Division Street, S1 4GE - walk into this lovely smelling shop and discover a really creative and stunning range of homeware, jewellery, clothes and gifts by upcoming designers.

Rare & Racy, 164-166 Devonshire Street, S3 7SG - this long-standing institution is one of the few independent bookshops left in Sheffield. Over two floors, every available space in this easy going shop is taken up with second hand books (including antiquarian and rare), as well as art and music (classical, jazz, blues, folk, pop etc).

Sheffield Scene, 49 Surrey Street, S1 2LG - a feast of all things Sheffield and Sheffield-made. With a variety of stainless steel products including penknives and hip flasks, there's also postcards and stationery at bargain prices. And you are treated with personable customer service.

Syd & Mallory's Emporium, 127-129 Devonshire Street, S3 7SB - a high-quality selection of handmade and vintage clothes at very reasonable prices. A good place to find an individual look.

Within Reason, 144-146 Devonshire Street, S3 7SF - deceptively large, it's the place to go for all things stylish, with homeware, jewellery, gifts for all ages and clothes.

Map
Vintage, Vinyl and Design has a map of city centre independent shops.

Markets
While touring markets for vintage fashion, music, more vintage fashion, comic and card, vintage wedding and alternative & burlesque make frequent stops, other markets include the regular artisan market, monthly upmarket and the monthly farmers market.

For us, the standout regular market is Mary's Marvellous Vintage & Craft Market. With a good range of stalls and quality well priced food, it is well worth popping to. It's held at St Mary's Church hall, just on the city centre's southern border. To get there by foot, go to the end of Eyre Street, then go through the underpass and you will see St Mary's Church in front of you. Or you can catch bus numbers including 19, 47 and 252 to Bramall Lane.



Neighbouring areas

Within a 20 minute walk from Sheffield city centre are:

East Sheffield
South Street Park and Cholera Monument Grounds & Clay Wood. Just behind Sheffield train station, both offer a pleasant break from city life as well as fantastic views over the city.

We have done a location map.

Kelham Island and North Sheffield

Kelham Island area: you can take a riverside walk, typographic walk, architecture walk, heritage walk or just walk around the area and see the mix of new builds, listed buildings, and others waiting for development in an area that was once an industrial powerhouse. It's a real ale hub, with a brewery and renowned pubs such as The Fat Cat and Kelham Island Tavern, as well as The Riverside. For us, the standout place for food is the artisan burger house Urban 1/4 - they really care about what they serve and it shows in the quality of the freshly made burgers and doughnuts. There are also a few other eateries - a cafe (good for sandwiches), artisan pizzeria and gastro pub. For culture lovers, there's a few art spaces.

You can go on a brewery tour.

Kelham Island Museum tells Sheffield’s industrial story from early industrialisation to the present day. It also houses the River Don Engine, and the Hawley Gallery of over 100,000 tool making, cutlery manufacture and silversmithing objects. It has a cafe.

The Nichols Building with two separate floors of antiques, clothes, books, music, art and furniture, is a good place to pick up quirky gifts.

Start the 6 mile Upper Don Walk along the River Don.

We have done a location map.

Retail Uniques
A tour of one-off shops selling science fiction, magic wear and vintage print goods.

We have done a location map.

South Sheffield
London Road is a lively street at the heart of a multicultural neighbourhood. With a community centre, supermarkets, restaurants and cafes, it's a hub for the Chinese community, but it's much more than that; flying the flag for independent eateries with many restaurants serving cuisine from across the world, such as Indian, Italian, Thai, Spanish, Japanese, Mexican, Lebanese, Greek, Caribbean, Vietnamese and Turkish. If you want some real ale there's a great guide here. You can also follow the Street Art Walk and look at Jarvis Cocker's poem, 'Trashed on Cider', on student flats in nearby Boston Street.

See if Portland Works has an event on. You can then go and wander around the birthplace of stainless steel cutlery. Constructed in 1877, it also has its place in modern history as Britain’s last working purpose-built metal manufacturing building.

Sheffield General Cemetery is a Grade II* listed Local Nature Reserve and Area of Natural History, with Nonconformist and Anglican chapels.

We have done a location map.

West Sheffield
Walk through the Broomhall area from Sunnybank Nature Reserve to Lynwood Gardens, passing some fine Victorian architecture.

If you want somewhere to eat, there are lots of options on Ecclesall Road. The closest place of our choice is Graze Inn.

We have done a location map.

University area
Combine culture with a walk through greenery: Alfred Denny Museum of Zoology, Jessop West Exhibition Space, Jessop West Foyer, The Turner Museum of Glass, Western Bank Library Exhibition Gallery and Weston Park Museum. The nearby parks are Crookes Valley Park, The Ponderosa and Weston Park. Sheffield Art Map has a guide to the area.

Weston Park Museum has a cafe, as does the Arts Tower (which is next to Western Bank Library Exhibition Gallery) and Jessop West. We like Coffee Revolution in Sheffield Students' Union.

 

One hour in Sheffield

If you are in or around Sheffield train station, there's a number of things you can do, including:

Architecture - Park Hill, the largest Grade II* listed building in Europe lies just behind Sheffield train station. Once home to over 3,500 people, you can see both the original ‘streets in the sky’ blocks and the refurbished blocks. To walk there, go left past the Sheffield train station entrance on Sheaf Road, continue to the railway arches and traffic lights where you will see some stairs. At the top of the stairs you will see both the old and new architecture.

Art galleries - 35 Chapel Walk, 99 Mary St, Access Space, APG Works, B&B Gallery, Bloc Projects, Butchers Works Gallery, Graves Gallery, MADE NORTH Design & Craft Gallery, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery, Site Gallery and The Workstation are all within a ten minute walk of Sheffield train station. See Sheffield Art Map for a guide of the venues.

Lounging - if you want somewhere to read your (e)newspaper or (e)book, Sheffield Tap at Sheffield train station and the Showroom cafe bar across the road from the train station, both offer a relaxed vibe and free Wi-Fi.

Shop - whether it's artisan food producers, craft or design you can stock up on local products at All Good Stuff (72 Arundel Street, S1 2NS), The Bessemer I Gallery (Winter Garden, 90 Surrey Street, S1 2LH), Birds Yard (Chapel Walk, S1 2PD), Millennium Gallery (Arundel Gate, S1 2PP) and Sheffield Scene (49 Surrey Street, S1 2LG). Try not to leave without a bottle of locally made Henderson's Relish. Also, there are often interesting pop-up shops in the Winter Garden. See Vintage, Vinyl & Design's independent shopping map for the locations.

Stroll - with 2,500 tropical plants, the Winter Garden (Surrey Street) is worth a wander. It is open Monday to Saturday 8am-8pm, and on Sunday 8am-6pm. The Peace Gardens are next door.

Views/fresh air:
South Street Park - just behind the train station, is this revamped park where you can enjoy some glorious views of the city's landscape. Go through Sheffield train station and cross the tram tracks, then go up the stairs to the amphitheatre (outdoor theatre seats) for the best spot.

Cholera Monument Grounds & Clay Wood - go through Sheffield train station and cross the tram tracks to South Street Park. Go to the top of South Street Park and cross Shrewsbury Road to Norfolk Road. A short way down Norfolk Road on the right is Cholera Monument Grounds & Clay Wood, with the Shrewsbury Hospital Almshouses on the left. If you walk through the park to the benches by the Cholera Monument, you will see some stunning views of Sheffield.

 

Other

Boat cruise
Sheffield Boats, Victoria Quays, Wharf Street, S2 5SY. Before the cruise along the Sheffield & Tinsley Canal , you can have a stroll around the sadly underdeveloped Victoria Quays. Bring a picnic and watch the world not going by.

On your walk, you are likely to come across the Grade II listed Police Box by the side of Sheffield Town Hall on Surrey Street.

And you may also wander past the Sheffield Legends stars in the pavement outside Sheffield Town Hall.

 

Parks

There are several including:

Devonshire Green (Division Street) - trendily landscaped 1.5 hectare open area with a skate park.

Fountain Square (Barkers Pool) - a hidden gem of greenery.

Peace Gardens (Pinstone Street) - award winning 0.67 hectare square with gardens, impressive foundations, English flower gardening, monuments and memorials. It's a popular play area for children on warm days.

South Street Park - go through Sheffield train station and cross the tram tracks. Just behind the train station is this revamped park with glorious views of the city's landscape. Go up the stairs to the amphitheatre (outdoor theatre seats) for the best spot.

Not a park but with 2,500 tropical plants, the Winter Garden (Surrey Street) is a great haven, particularly on a cold or wet day or if you just want to sit and eat lunch. It is open Monday to Saturday 8am-8pm and Sunday 8am-6pm.

Other places to have a quiet break include Tudor Square (opposite the Winter Garden on Surrey Street) and St Paul's Place (by Winter Garden/Millennium Square).


Real ale

Around 50 pubs in the city centre serve real ale. Here are just a few of them:

The Bath Hotel, 66-68 Victoria Street, S3 7QL
The Devonshire Cat, 49 Wellington Street, S1 4HG
Dog & Partridge, 56 Trippet Lane, S1 4EL
Fagans, 69 Broad Lane, S1 4BS
The Grapes, 80 Trippet Lane, S1 4EL
Henry's, 38-40 Cambridge Street, S1 4HP
Red Deer, 18 Pitt Street, S1 4DD
Red Lion, 109 Charles Street, S1 2ND
Rutland Arms, 86 Brown Street, S1 2BS
Shakespeares, 146-148 Gibraltar Street, S3 8UB 
Sheffield Tap, Platform 1B, Sheffield Train Station, Sheaf Street, S1 2BP
The Three Tuns, 39 Silver Street Head, S1 2DD
Washington, 79 Fitzwilliam Street, S1 4JP

As none of us are real ale drinkers, the pubs listed are not personal recommendations but sourced from those in the know.

If you want to stock up on local ale head for Beer Central at Moor Market.

Kelham Island is a short walk from the city centre and boasts some of the country's best real ale pubs. Highlights include The Fat Cat and Kelham Island Tavern. The Kelham Brewery does regular tours and has a shop.


Views

As a city of hills, Sheffield offers some amazing views:

Cholera Monument Grounds & Clay Wood - go through Sheffield train station and cross the tram tracks to South Street Park. At the top of South Street Park, cross Shrewsbury Road to Norfolk Road. A short way down Norfolk Road is Cholera Monument Grounds & Clay Wood on the right, with the Shrewsbury Hospital Almshouses on the left. Walk through the park to the benches by the Cholera Monument for some great views of the city.

Sky Edge - it is a steep uphill walk from the city centre, so a better option is to get a bus (including numbers 10, 10A, 120 and 294). Get off at the corner of City Road and Manor Laith Road and walk down Manor Laith Road for the view. It's an easy walk downhill on the way back.

South Street Park - go through Sheffield train station and cross the tram tracks. Just behind the train station is this revamped park with glorious views of the city's landscape. Go up the stairs to the amphitheatre (outdoor theatre seats) for the best spot.

We have done a map of the locations.

See Sheffield Publicity Department for some innovative guides.

 

Walks

Sheffield city centre is easy to explore by foot and there's a diverse range of walking routes. Be prepared for hills - but don't be put off, these are relatively small!:

5 Weirs Walk
- 5 miles to Meadowhall shopping centre going along the Sheffield & Tinsley Canal. Produced by Five Weirs Walk Trust.

The Blue Loop - 8 mile circular waterway and riverside walk along the River Don and Sheffield & Tinsley Canal.

Galvanize Festival Metal Walk - 60-90 minute trail of metal public artworks. Produced by Galvanize Festival.

Historic Sheffield - 3.2 mile route of historic buildings. Produced by The Ramblers.

Hunter’s Sheffield and mp3 audio trail - 1.5 mile trail around the Georgian city of Joseph Hunter. Produced by Hunter Archaeological Society.

Neoclassical Sheffield - 1.2 mile trail around the city's Greek and Roman influenced buildings. Produced by InHeritage and The University of Sheffield.

Pevsner Walking Tour Sheffield: The Cultural Industries Quarter - taken from the Pevsner City Guide to Sheffield. Thanks to Love Architecture Festival.

A Poetic Tour - covers the city centre and some of the surrounding areas. Produced by Eleven Design.

The Port of Sheffield Digital Trail - walking route and audio guide to Lower Don Valley. Produced by several groups led by The Blue Shed and The University of Sheffield (RECITE) researchers.

Sheffield City Centre Contemporary Architecture - 2 walking routes (1-2 hours each) taking in recently built/changed structures in Sheffield city centre. Produced by several groups including RIBA Yorkshire.

Sheffield – A Civilised Place - 3 routes taking between 1.1-2.7 miles highlighting civil engineering features. Produced by the Institution of Civil Engineers with support from Sheffield Walking Forum.

Sheffield Design Week Trail - street art and architecture in the city centre and beyond. Produced by Sheffield Design Week.

Sheffield Stainless Steel Public Art - 90 minute circular walk. Produced by The Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire.

Sheffield Street Art Walk 2 - 25 minute trail. Produced by Sheffield Street Art.

Sheffield Street Art Walk 3 - 10 minute trail. Produced by Sheffield Street Art.

Sheffield Town Walk - 2 mile route highlighting some of the city centre's most historic buildings. Produced by Sheffield Walking Forum.

A Typographic Tour of Sheffield - covers the city centre and some of the surrounding areas. Produced by Eleven Design.

For something a little different, Sensoria's Uncommon People musical map shows some of the locations that made Sheffield a musical force.

Thank you to all the groups who produced these maps.

If you prefer a guided walk and talk, professional Sheffielder Ron Clayton runs insightful (and entertaining) history tours. There's also regular theatre tours, City Centre Ambassadors tours and The Victorian Society South Yorkshire has regular summer walks. Not a recommendation (only because we have never done it) but a recent addition is Sheffield City Walking Tour. There's also the long-running ghost walk.