Sheffield’s roots are firmly planted in industry, living up to its reputation as an industrial powerhouse. For many years, it has famed mostly for the magnificent stainless steel cutlery produced in its many factories and warehouses but in a more modern time, the places that once produced these goods have been hollowed out to make way for galleries, theatres and museums. Here are some of the most important cultural parts of the city not to miss on your trip.
A perfect example of an ex-industrial area, which has been transformed into one of Sheffield’s coolest neighbourhoods. The history of Sheffield’s oldest manufacturing areas is still clearly visible, but the factories are now homes to trendy galleries, shopping arcades, cafés and microbreweries. The area is a great example of how Sheffield’s proud heritage and bright future combine perfectly and leave us with this trendy district, perfect for Sunday stroll. While you’re there, visit the award-winning Kelham Island Tavern and taste some of their real ale.
The Millennium Gallery is ranked as one of the top free attractions in the whole of the UK and we are so lucky to have it less than five minutes’ walk from our front door. It has a truly spectacular collection of art, craft and design which makes it a perfect day out for all ages and interests. One of its most popular permanent exhibitions because it showcases some of the world’s finest metalwork, including the beautiful stainless steel tableware which made Sheffield famous. They often host events and workshops so make sure to check their website to see what’s on before you visit.
Directly beside the Millennium Gallery lies Sheffield’s own oasis of peace and calm. The Winter Garden is one of Europe’s largest greenhouses which is home to over 2000 species and varieties of flora and is completely free to explore. Being a greenhouse, it can sustain all of its plants through all weather conditions and seasons, making it a great place to visit all year round. As well as the stunning plants and flowers, the greenhouse itself is an architectural treat. It's arched, glass roof is supported with wooden beams and complemented by towering palm trees.
No matter your religion, if you practice or not, Sheffield Cathedral is a definite must see when in the city. It is one of the oldest buildings and is relatively small for a cathedral, but it is a great place for a moment of calm in the centre of the bustling city. Inside there is a particularly beautiful lantern tower, intricate stained-glass windows and various other artworks from throughout its 1000+ year history. They host guided tours, workshops, choral services and often hold a craft market inside.
If you are looking for a luxury place to stay while you explore the culture and character of Sheffield, choose Leopold Hotel Sheffield. We offer a fantastic mixture of history and heritage, but still provide all of the mod cons you can expect from a 4-star hotel. Contact our friendly team today to book your next stay with us here at Leopold Hotel Sheffield. We look forward to welcoming you!