Sheffield is quite simply alive with possibilities, making it an ideal destination for a weekend break or longer stay. Rising from industrial roots is a city with an ever growing passion for music and sport, so it's no wonder the sound of laughter and fun sings through its bustling streets. And as the greenest city in Europe, with the magnificent Peak District on its doorstep, there really is something for everyone.
In the birthplace of Arctic Monkeys, Pulp, ABC and The Human League, you don't have to look far to find top nightclub or festival action in Sheffield. Some might call it a music lover's mecca, others might say its live comedy rocks. See what you think of the city that plays centre stage to dazzling venues and events that include The Leadmill and Grin Up North Festival.
Trees, trees, glorious trees. You'll never be able to count the city's 2 million trees or 5,500 plant species, but a day getting up close and personal with nature in the Winter Gardens, Sheffield Botanical Gardens and Peace Gardens gives you a great excuse to try. The Winter Gardens alone have over 2,500 plants from around the world and this giant temperate glasshouse is large enough to house 5,000 domestic greenhouses!
With so many sights and sounds on offer, visitors young and old will be delighted in equal measure. Whether you're in the mood to pray, ponder or gain a new perspective, the doors are always open at the magnificent Sheffield Cathedral. And when you've feasted on its Norman stone and Tudor monuments, be swept onwards towards the city's many other historical treasures. As the world's oldest surviving heavy iron forge, Wortley Top Forge is not to be missed - neither we suspect is a cheeky ride on its charming miniature railway.
Up for an afternoon of discovery and adventure? Then make a beeline for Weston Park - it's no ordinary museum. This is an interactive experience that brings history to life. From Egyptian mummies to a traditional butchers shop to living ants and bees, the five family trails lead you on a weird and wonderful journey that starts millions of years ago and ends in the present day. Alternatively get fired up at the Fire & Police Museum and meet some of the rarest emergency service vehicles around.
Whether you're cheering, laughing or singing, why not share the fun. Sheffield's live music scene is alive and kicking, with The Leadmill (ironically a former flourmill) regularly voted a favourite by NME readers. For international artists, it's got to be the Motorpoint Arena and for up and coming new talent, head down to Plug. If you fancy giving your chuckle muscles a workout, don't miss the Grin Up North festival. Or head over to The Crucible for some chalk and cue action and watch someone else workout instead.