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  • 1. History of Sheffield

    Sheffield is traditionally known as a city built on seven hills and served by five rivers. Evidence of medieval prosperity can still be seen in the 15th century parish churches of the region and the ruins of the Manor Lodge. By the end of the 18th century, Sheffield was a world leader in engineering and tool steel. The first integrated steel and cutlery factory, Greaves’ Shea...Read moref Works in Effingham Street, was built in around the 1820s and part of it still exists today. The Sheffield Canal was opened in 1819. The birth of the railways in the 1840s provided new opportunities for Sheffield, as steel was needed for rails. Sheffield became a city in 1893 and its town hall was opened in 1897. The city’s university was opened in 1905. During the First and Second World Wars, Sheffield became crucial in supplying parts. The city was bombed in 1940 and 602 people died. Read less

  • 2. Now in Sheffield

    In the past two decades the steel industry has declined and many of the famous firms disappeared. Meadowhall Shopping Centre was built on the site of Hadfields and the Don Valley Stadium replaced Brown Bayleys. The economy is based largely on service industries and leisure complexes. The facilities built for the World Student Games in 1991 have become venues for sport and live ...Read moremusic concerts. The Ponds Forge has become famous for international swimming events rather than metal. Read less

  • 3. Events in Sheffield

    Many major sporting events take place in Sheffield every year. Among these are the World Snooker Championship, the British Ice Figure and Dance Skating Championships, the English Open Table Tennis Championships, the AVIVA European/World Trials and UK Championships, the LEN European Synchronised Swimming Champions Cup and the FINA Diving World Series. The Sensoria festival of fi...Read morelm and music takes place annually in the city as well as the Galvanize festival of contemporary metal design. An annual children’s festival, comedy festival, literary festival and food festival are also on the calendar of events. Read less

  • 4. Attractions in Sheffield

    Bishops’ House is one of Sheffield’s oldest buildings and gives visitors a chance to step back in time and find out more about the city’s past. The Shepherd Wheel Workshop is a museum showing grinding workshops, Kelham Island Museum tells Sheffield’s industrial story and Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet has waterwheels, tilt hammers, a grinding hull and the only intact cruci...Read moreble steel furnace surviving in the world today. The site is a Grade I Listed building and a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Weston Park is an interactive museum including five family trails to explore. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do in Sheffield

    Sheffield Round Walk is a 14-mile walk through parks, woodlands and countryside. The route starts at Endcliffe Park and ends at Ecclesall Woods, but visitors can choose smaller sections of the walk to enjoy. Canal cruises are a great way for visitors to enjoy parts of the city, and there are plenty to choose from. The Foundry Climbing Centre in Sheffield offers walls up to 13m ...Read morehigh as well as plenty of walls for beginners. The Winter Garden is a beautiful green space in the city centre containing a huge glasshouse. Read less

  • 6. Business in Sheffield

    Meadowhall is one of Europe’s largest shopping centres and is located just a tram’s ride away from the city centre. In the centre itself, there is the Devonshire Quarter, full of independent stores and boutiques, and a thriving centre of High Street stores and designer labels. There are also plenty of markets. The list of restaurants, cafes and bars is varied and provides p...Read morelenty of choice for all budgets. MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival, is an event in Sheffield to discuss how to set up and grow a business. Read less

  • 7. Transport in Sheffield

    Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport is close to Sheffield and has flights to Europe and long haul destinations. There is also Leeds/Bradford Airport, Nottingham East Midlands Airport and Manchester International Airport in the region. Major motorways the M1, M62 and A1 (M) link to Sheffield by road and rail links are good to the rest of the UK. The Eurostar links to Paris.

  • 8. Entertainment in Sheffield

    Pop and rock concerts and classical music performances take place in City Hall, while The Crucible and Lyceum Theatres are three venues offering a wide variety of drama performances. The Leadmill is another live music venue as well as Sheffield Arena, which hosts events by some of the biggest names in music. The Millennium Gallery is a centre for visual arts, craft and design a...Read morend The Showroom is a large independent cinema. Read less

  • 9. Famous Landmarks in Sheffield

    Sheffield Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, is a Grade I listed structure and is free to visit. Sheffield Town Hall is a huge Victorian building in the city centre; Queen Victoria opened the building in 1897. Manor Lodge was built at the beginning of the 16th century and is famous for being the place where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisone...Read mored. It can only be viewed from the outside. Read less

  • 10. Interesting Facts about Sheffield

    A third of Sheffield is within the Peak District National Park (no other UK city has a national park within its boundary). It also claims the title of England's greenest city, with 150 woodlands and 50 public parks.


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