30 fun things to do in Sheffield

Sheffield is an iconic northern city and has something for everyone. This brilliant city in Yorkshire is full to the brim with lovely people, unique culture, and of course, lots and lots to do!

Sheffield played a huge part in the industrial revolution. Fast-flowing rivers, such as the Sheaf, the Don and the Loxley, made it an ideal location for water-powered industries to develop. From as early as the 1300s, Sheffield was noted for the production of knives.  Steel for the Brooklyn Bridge was created in Sheffield and today, nearly 50% of all surgical blades are made in Sheffield!

Explore Kelham Island

Discover Sheffield’s industrial past on Kelham Island, the manmade island was formed in the 1100s when a waterway was redirected to help power a mill. For centuries it was the heart of industry in Sheffield and the legacy of this is clear to see today, but the old factories and steelworks are now trendy galleries, shopping arcades, cafés and microbreweries, to become one of Sheffield’s most exciting up and coming areas.

Kelham Island, things to do in Sheffield - by Mick Knapton

Sheffield played a huge part in the industrial revolution. Fast-flowing rivers, such as the Sheaf, the Don and the Loxley, made it an ideal location for water-powered industries to develop. From as early as the 1300s, Sheffield was noted for the production of knives.  Steel for the Brooklyn Bridge was created in Sheffield and today, nearly 50% of all surgical blades are made in Sheffield!

Sheffield is also home to the World’s first football club. Sheffield FC was founded in 1857.

If you are on the lookout for a challenge, check out Sheffield’s award-winning ‘The Great Escape Rooms‘.  Or looking for a wet-weather option, visit the National Videogame Museum.

The Millenium Gallery and Winter Garden

With free entry and conveniently located close to the mainline station, The Millenium Gallery has two permanent collections, two temporary exhibition spaces and a popular café.  Right next door to the Millennium Gallery, the Winter Garden is a beautiful little oasis in the heart of Sheffield. One of Europe’s largest urban greenhouses, it is home to over 2,500 plants from around the World, which you can enjoy for free. The city is also home to over 2 million trees. There are more trees per person than in any other city in Europe.

Catch a bite on London Road

For all, you foodies out there don’t look past Sheffield’s food and drink scene! Why not go on a beer tour of some of their local breweries, or a food tour of Kelham Island so you can get fully immersed in the city? The selection of restaurants along London Road are mostly budget-friendly places, so don’t go expecting Michelin-star quality. For sheer variety, there’s nowhere in Sheffield quite like it.

If you are looking for parking around Sheffield there are a large number of parking lots in and around the centre such as in the Carver Lane Car Park. If you are looking for a park and ride they have plenty, in locations such as Nunnery Square and Dore & Totley Station.

Sheffield City Hall is a venue for events and concerts. It has hosted famous acts like The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Lou Reed.