10 Best Things To Do In Sheffield

Sheffield is the largest settlement in South Yorkshire, its name derives from the River Sheaf which runs through it. Being known for its steel production, the city is now home to 645,000 people and the 7th largest city in the UK. Sheffield has high employment levels in public sector work, while services and leisure activities also act as big employers, tourism is an up and coming industry, with the city being the setting for numerous films and TV series. 


Sheffield has a plethora of activities, from sightseeing, walks in nature to shopping, whether you're coming to the city for work or pleasure you won’t find yourself stuck for something to do. Here we’ve listed the 10 best things to do in Sheffield.


1.Sheffield Botanical Gardens 

Starting off we have the Botanical Gardens which are situated off Ecclesall Road. It is home to 5,000 species of plants within 19 acres of land, and these species are from all around the world. Its most notable feature is a Grade II listed glass pavilion which was restored and reopened in 2003. They offer free entry for visitors and during the summer you’ll find outdoor concerts and performances. Guided tours are also available for those who would like to learn more about the history. A lovely day out for you if you enjoy nature, whether you’re unwinding from a busy day or just need some fresh air, this is the perfect place.

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2.Kelham Island Museum

This industrial museum is alongside the River Don, on Alma Street. It encapsulates the city’s industrial heritage in a fun and interactive way. The museum also has access to extra spaces which can be used/hired for evening receptions, social gatherings or if you're traveling for business and need to hold a meeting or conference, it can be used for that reason. When you’ve finished taking in all the history from the Victorian Era to the modern day city it is now, you can grab refreshments in the Island Cafe Bar or at the on-site traditional pub - The Millowners Arms. 

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Meadowhall is every shoppers dream! With 290 shops to look round you won’t get bored, feeling peckish? Just 50 places to eat for you to choose from. Ready to relax after a day of browsing the shops, then sit back in the 11-screen cinema, where better to rest your legs. The center is highly accessible, with free parking available and also an on-site train station and bus station which are easily accessed from the city centre. Currently open until 10:00PM, it’s the perfect evening activity after work, everything you need in one convenient place. 

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Sheffield is home to a number of great Football teams including Sheffield United based at Bramall Lane, Sheffield Wednesday based at Hillsborough and Sheffield FC, the world's first football team (although technically now this isn’t classed as in Sheffield anymore, shhh.) Tickets for Sheffield United games start at £31 for Adults, £20 for Concessions and £12 for Juniors, so if you enjoy football get yourself down to a game, I’ve heard they serve a great pie. 

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5.Millennium Gallery

Millennium Gallery is an art gallery in the center of Sheffield, it connects with the Winter Garden. (8)  It's a free attraction for visitors and in 2011 was voted the 15th most visited free attraction in the country by VisitEngland. It has two permanent exhibitions and two temporary exhibitions which are sent in by partners including The Tate, The Victoria and Albert and The National Portrait Gallery, again like Kelham Island Museum it has functional space to accommodate wedding and conference space, perfect if you need some meeting space on your business trip. 

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6.Utilita Arena Sheffield 

Located just near Meadowhall, the arena can hold up to 13,600 people. With a constant stream of acts showcasing their talent, there is something to suit everyone. If music is what you’re into, they have Lewis Capaldi and Sam Smith in the new year. They have ice hockey, with their home team Sheffield Steelers and if you fancy a laugh Peter Kay is performing in 2023 and 2024, that's if you can secure some tickets. It’s a great activity and easily accessible from the city centre.  

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7.Eat at some amazing restaurants 

Sheffield has a fantastic range of restaurants, with a whole scope of cuisines. We picked a selection which we think you’d enjoy, all in central locations and a short walk from all of our apartments. First we have Browns, they serve brasserie dishes in a fantastic location which overlooks the peace gardens. Next is Smoke Barbecue, a Texas BBQ inspired smokehouse which uses the classic smokers, then finished on the hickory wood-fired barbeque which takes pride of place in the kitchen. If a hanging kebab is more your style, you need to try out The Botanist, the restaurant encapsulates a secret garden theme, with botanical cocktails, craft beers and ales, also offering live music every night! And finally we have Ego, a Mediterranean restaurant which is located within the Winter Gardens, located near The Lyceum. This is the perfect place for a pre-theatre dinner. All these restaurants are within walking distance from a number of our apartments, making it easy for you to pop out for dinner, if you don’t fancy cooking.

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8.Sheffield Winter Garden

The Winter Garden is the largest urban greenhouse in Europe, and admission is free! This has facilitated a stunning green world within the city centre. It is the largest temperate greenhouse to be built in the UK during the last 100 years, it’s 70M long and 22M high, it can fit 5,000 domestic greenhouses within it! It houses 2,500 plants from all around the world. It also houses a number of retail units, so you can stop for a coffee or light refreshments, and then also take full advantage of the facilities in the Millenium Gallery as it’s connected. All in a handy central location. 

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9.Graves Park

Graves Park is a large parkland area in the south of Sheffield. It has a number of facilities including a training fairway, two playing greens and a few hard tennis courts. So if you’re looking to let off some steam or even just stretch your legs, this is the perfect place to do it. A green escape from city life, also perfect if you’ve brought your furry-friend, plenty of room for them to tire themselves out. If you want something more scenic the park has three small lakes, it’s also home to many rare breeds of cattle, pigs, chickens and donkeys. This is a small car ride outside of the city centre or accessible by the line 1 bus, taking 35 minutes. 

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10.Peace Gardens 

These award-winning public gardens are located in the inner city square, they form the central park of a walk throughout the city centre, a gold route from Sheffield Station to exciting new developments, each with distinctive lighting, public art and fountains. During the summer months it’s a lovely location to sit down for shoppers, tourists and office workers, a relaxing spot. You can often find children and adults cooling off in the fountain. Surrounded by numerous shops for you to indulge including Costa Coffee, Cafe Nero and a greggs.

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Overall Sheffield has a wide range of activities to do, daytime and nighttime ones. Activities which are often free, so something to suit everyone, also ones which can be enjoyed all year round, even when the weather isn't great. A great reason to call Sheffield home, whether this be permanently or temporarily. Livinc gives you the freedom to choose, we work around you and what you need. All our amazing city centre locations are close by with transport links, perfect for commuting or easily accessible on arrival. Life isn’t always about work, but making the most of your surroundings with your spare time. Then after any busy day you can go home to your luxury apartment and unwind, knowing our agents have taken care of everything. 

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