Top 10 Things to do in Sheffield

We’re full of love for the Steel City, from its rolling hills to its industrial architecture, from its charming pubs to vibrant nightlife. We’ve compiled a list of our top 10 things to do in Sheffield to make your stay as memorable as possible.

Get your munch on

There’s been a food revolution brewing in Sheffield over the past few years. If you’re looking for a great weekend brunch spot, check out Tamper or Forge Bakehouse. Lucky Fox on Divison St is home to the best fried chicken you’ll find in the city. If you’re looking for something from the East, then head over to OiSoi just behind the Peace Gardens for some delicious oriental cuisine.

Take in the country air

Built on seven hills, Sheffield is famed for its iconic views of the city. Beautiful cityscapes aren’t hard to come by; from Parkwood Springs to Bole Hill or even from the top floor of the famous Arts Tower. However, venturing just a bus ride out of the city can put you in the heart of the Yorkshire countryside. With the Peak District just a short train journey away, you can be in the heart of the country in no time. Head out to Grenoside or Bradfield for some wonderful country walks, or if you’re an ale aficionado hop on to the Hope Valley train line to try out an ale trail. For the adventurous, why not give the Sheffield Round Walk a go, a 14 mile trek taking you through some of the city’s finest parks, woods, waterways and villages.

Visit some of the finest pubs in the country

Kelham Island keeps hitting headlines as one of the country’s trendiest places to live and arguably has some of the best pubs in the city. The Fat Cat is Sheffield’s first real ale pub and has a slew of CAMRA awards to back it up. Other gems include the Kelham Island Tavern, Kelham Island Brewery, INC (a rooftop bar atop the iconic Krynkl building) and the Ship Inn. If you’re looking to take in a little bit of Sheffield history, then we recommend a trip to the Grapes; a charming Irish pub home to Sheffield’s longest serving landlady and the venue which hosted the Arctic Monkey’s first gig.

Ride the paternoster

We mentioned the Arts Tower in one of the earlier sections; Sheffield’s second tallest building is home to a famous Paternoster lift, a perpetually looping open faced lift which you can hop on or off on any floor you like. According to Wikipedia it’s the largest Paternoster lift in the world and we’re happy to take them at their word.


Head on over to Abbeydale Road and get lost in the myriad of vintage and antique stores which make up the city’s vibrant Antiques Quarter. There are too many to list here, but click here to check out a full breakdown of places to explore.

Visit the Botanical Gardens

Home to both a Victorian bear pit and over 5,000 species of fauna, the Botanical Gardens are a great place to while away an afternoon. Located just a five minute walk away from Jonas the gardens are a great place to lounge in the sun or just to provide a scenic cut through if you’re walking from the hotel to the shops, restaurants and bars on Ecclesall Road.

Take in some of the city’s unique events

Each year Sheffield plays host to a whole variety of great events that happen across the city. The one you’ve most likely heard of is the World Snooker Championship in the Crucible. Make sure you check the calendar for what’s on when you’re here; Tramlines festival is a multi-day music festival which takes the city by storm each year, and a recent addition to the city’s events calendar is the Tour de Yorkshire which happens each April.

Climb something

Everyone knows that Sheffield is famed for its history of steel; from the iconic stamp seen on cutlery around the world to the fact that Sheffield steel was used to build the Brooklyn Bridge. More recently Sheffield has become home to a vibrant community of climbers. If that’s your cup of tea, then head on over to Awesome Walls, the Foundry or Climbing Works.


If you’re trying to catch a movie while you’re in town, there’s nowhere better than the Showroom, an independent arthouse cinema located just a few minutes walk from the train station.

Watch the game

Everybody knows that Sheffield is home to a fine couple of football teams (we’re not taking sides here!), but other than the Owls and the Blades, did you know that Sheffield is the spiritual home of world football? Home to both the oldest team in the world (Sheffield FC) and the oldest ground the in the world (Hallam FC), the two non league sides can be a cheap day out to watch the world’s game in its natural glory.


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