Sheffield is a pleasantly laid out cosmopolitan city which attracts many visitors and in particular shoppers. It offers all the usual high street shops as well as some more unusual independent shops. The city has a cafe culture and has some great places to eat.
Visitors also enjoy its art centres, museums and public parks. Sheffield is home to an important leading research university and the city accommodates for it’s large young population with a wide selection of clubs, bars and entertainment.
Sheffield has a number of fine historical buildings and the cathedral which dates from around the 1200 is just one of them. It boasts beautiful stained glass windows and an interesting interior and is worth a visit. The four other Grade I listed buildings are the Town Hall, Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet and the parish churches at Ecclesfield and Bradfield.
The surrounding countryside
Sheffield is right on the doorstep of the Peak District and visitors often use the city as a base to explore the surrounding beautiful wild rugged landscapes.
The Sheffield area has been inhabited since at least 12,800 years ago. It became a small market town in 1296 and afterwards it grew rapidly through the steel industry, in particular the production of knives and cutlery.
- It is estimated that Sheffield has over two million trees, more per person than any other city in Europe.