Sheffield is a real gem of the North, situated in a natural bowl created by several hills on the edge of the Peak District National Park and the Pennine hill range.
Much of the city is actually built on hillsides overlooking the city centre or the nearby countryside.
There are plenty of walks of varying degrees of difficulty across the Peak District and the area is characterised by picturesque villages and quaint towns.
It also has a number of stately homes, museums and castles open to the public. Sheffield itself offers all the attractions and entertainment you would expect from a large, cosmopolitan city, including the well-known Winter Gardens and Millennium Galleries.
The city of Sheffield has loads of fantastic restaurants, cafes and bars, and for the shopaholics out there it is a major retail centre as it is home to many high street shops, department stores and designer boutiques.
The main city centre shopping areas are The Moor precinct, Fargate, Orchard Square and the Devonshire Quarter, there is also a market situated above the remains of the castle, called Castle Market. You could also spend a day at the Meadowhall Shopping Centre and Retail Park, which is situated a couple of miles outside the city centre.
If you’d like to learn a bit about some of the history and hauntings of Sheffield you could take part in one of the spooky ghost walks around the city centre.
If you’re interested in history but you don’t like ghosts you could go on a walking tour of the city centre to learn about its architecture and the stories associated with it.
If you’re looking for adventure you can go outside the city and explore some of the magnificent limestone caverns of the Peak District or take a spectacular cable car ride to the Heights of Abraham. If you like gardens and open spaces you are in the right place as Sheffield is one of the greenest cities in England and has more than 200 parks, woodlands and gardens, many forming part of Sheffield’s walking trails.
Places To Explore
The stunning Winter Garden, icon of Sheffield, is situated at the heart of the city and links the Millennium Galleries, Tudor Square and the Peace Gardens.
It is the largest temperate glasshouse in any European city centre and houses a magnificent display of more than 2,500 plants, made up of more than 150 species from around the globe.
The Sheffield Botanical Gardens is a haven of peace and tranquility in the heart of the city and the glass pavilions house a beautiful collection of trees and shrubs in a historic landscape created in 1836. It is a perfect spot for picnics and relaxing.
The Peak District National Park is just five miles from Sheffield city centre so it is easily accessible to explore the rolling moors, rugged peaks and tranquil dales. It’s a favourite location for walkers, climbers, cyclists and horse riders, and there are even organised, guided walks you can join.
The Fulwood Inn is situated in the perfect location to visit the Peak District or Sheffield as it is on the west side of Sheffield just a couple of miles from the city centre. It offers fantastic hotel accommodation finished to a high standard, comprising of singles, double and family rooms. It has a large car park and a peaceful location, being raised just above the main road, and it has a fantastic pub menu offering a great choice of pub classics with a constantly changing selection of specials and with the all day offer of two main meals for the price of one.