City Guide: Sheffield Top Ten

1. Sheffield Winter Garden and Millennium Gardens

• One of the largest temperate glasshouses in the country

• Houses over 2,000 plants from around the world

• Landmark city-centre development

• Adjacent Sheffield galleries have hosted collections by the likes of Vivienne Westwood and John Martin

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2. The Crucible Theatre

• The home of World Snooker since 1977

• Showcases everything from Shakespeare to Chekhov

• Diversity of performers span comedians, musicians, poets, and choirs

• Part of the UK’s largest theatre complex outside London

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3. English Institute of Sport

• The EIS features a vast gym, 200m running track, as well as some of the country’s most advanced sports medicine facilities, making it a premier UK sports venue

• Used by athletes of all shapes and sizes, including the British Boxing Team

• Hosted the British Olympic Team in the run up to the London Olympics

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4. The Motorpoint Arena

• Top musical and sporting events – world title fights, Premier League darts, The Beach Boys, Elton John, Whitney Houston and the Arctic Monkeys

• Home to the city’s ice hockey team – The Sheffield Steelers

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5. Eco-friendliness

• Named the “Greenest City on the Planet” after sending the least amount of waste to landfill sites in 2013 – less than 1% of all household rubbish

• Sheffield boasts over 2 million trees – arguably Europe’s greenest urban area.

• 83 parks, 4 public gardens

• Borders England’s oldest National Park, the Peak District

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6. Sheffield Legends

• The Sheffield Walk of Fame, this collection of plaques lines up outside the city’s Town Hall in homage to its Hollywood cousin

• Sheffield’s most famous sons and daughters include Bond villain, Sharpe hero, Sean Bean, Heptathlete, Jessica Ennis, and Monty Python star, Michael Palin

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7. Green-fingered Hospitality

• The city centre is a 30 minute ride from the fringe of the Peak District – the UK’s oldest National Park

• Accommodation in Sheffield; The Sheffield Metropolitan Hotel (from £35.50 p/p B&B) offers visitors free bike storage, energy bars and route maps to prepare them as they set out for a day’s riding, or ramble amidst the 550 square miles of spectacular English terrain

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8. Cycle-friendliness

• Sheffield is acknowledged as a cycle-friendly destination

• It’s situated beside the Trans-Pennine Trail and numerous pathways winding up into the surrounding hills.

• Hosted stage one of Le Tour De France in 2014

• Tour route markers remain on display to allow more casual riders to echo their heroes from the Peloton

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9. Trams

• The city’s state of the art “SuperTram” system is a mere 15 years old

• Historically, horse-drawn trams patrolled the city as far back at 1873

• Visitors can follow the traditional routes and navigate the hills to the city’s suburbs

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10. Value for Money

• Voted the best value city-break in the UK

• Average spend is just £154 a night, less than half the average of Edinburgh

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Suggested Hotels

City centre: 4 Star, Novotel Centre, Sheffield – try and excuse their ugly website

Countryside: Whitley Hall, a 16th century ivy-clad mansion

Boutique: Leopold, contemporary chic with architectural character – formally a Grade II listed Boy’s Grammar School

Competitive: The Sheffield Metropolitan Hotel for visitors with a sense of adventure, who want to explore by bike / on foot

Note: there are no 5 star hotels in the city

EL Sheffield Winter-Garden

Winter Garden

EL Sheffield Trams

Sheffield’s famous Tram system

Institute-of-Sport

Institute of Sport

Market

Moor Market

Motorpoint

Motorpoint

Crucible

The world famous Crucible arena

Trans-Pennine

Trans Pennine

Sheffield-Legends

Sheffield ‘walk of fame’ Legends

Town-Hall

Sheffield Town Hall’s distinct period architecture

EL Sheffield-Intro

Central Sheffield

EL Sheffield Cycling

Sheffield Cycle station



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