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 the Last Laugh Comedy 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 Garden alone has 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.
There's also Kelham Island Museum, which showcases Sheffield’s industrial story, from early industrialisation to modern times where ‘Made in Sheffield’ remains a mark of quality known worldwide. You can also catch a unique glimpse of life at home and at work at a rural scythe and steelworks dating back to the 18th century with a trip to Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet.
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 National Emergency Services 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 FlyDSA Sheffield Arena and for up and coming new talent, head down to Plug. Or head over to The Crucible for some chalk and cue action and watch someone else workout instead.