Sheffield Essentials

History that’s brimming with life

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.

Little explorers can get hands on

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.

All together now for live events

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.

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