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At a loose end in Sheffield

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At a loose end in Sheffield

Am accompanying my partner to Sheffield for a few days where he will be working all day and possibly late in to the evening. Will be indulging in a little retail therapy but are there any other suggestions of things to do to occupy my time? Maybe museums, parks, scenic walks (safe for a lone female) or other must see sights? Must also be accessible on foot (am not adverse to walking) or by public transport.

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1. Re: At a loose end in Sheffield

There's a good museum guide from the local tourist office, do try asking them to send you it, but there's the Millennium Galleries (City centre) and a Botanic Gardern near the university (On tram line) from the city centre. There's also a historic house (I've lost it's name) near by, but this may need a taxi to get to easily.

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Also apart from above. The Kelham Island Industrial Museum is Good. Go on the Supertram to Shalesmoor. Then Follow the Sign.

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In the city centre the Millennium Galleries, Graves Gallery and Winter Garden are all together (splendid print exhibition at the Graves just now).

There are a few shops to look in when you walk from there, down Fargate to the (Anglican) Cathedral. While there, pop around the back to look at the menu of the Wig and Pen where you and your partner can have a good dinner. Or if you are a veggie, the Blue Moon next to the cathedral is very nice for lunch.

The Crucible and Lyceum theatres may have something on that you can go to on your own or with partner.

The Roman Catholic Cathedral is a quiet place though not architectually very interesting.

Kelham Island Museum, as suggested, is a good call. Nearby is the Millstone, owned by the same people as the Wig and Pen and good for dinner.

You will know, I assume, about Meadowhall shopping. A tram trip from the centre. We call it Meadow Hell but ....

The Botanical Gardens are nice in spring and summer but not too great in winter when most plants are dormant.

If you and your partner are into pubs, then Sheffield is the real ale capital of Britain. Start at the Sheffield Tap on platform 1 of the railway station.

Have a great time.

Edited: 02 January 2013, 14:01
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4. Re: At a loose end in Sheffield

You may find the official visitor website useful - www.welcometosheffield.co.uk.

In the City Centre as mentioned is the Millenium Galleries and Winter Gardens and admission is free. Also just across the road are the Crucible and Lyceum theatres.

For shops in the city centre Fargate has all the usual chain stores, Division Street has the smaller more interesting shops. There are also some nice, relaxed bars in this area that offer good food as well as drink.

A short tram ride from the City Centre is the Meadowhall shopping complex, whatever kind of shop you want you will probably find it here!

Catch the tram in the other direction to Shalesmoor and you will find yourself in the Kelham Island district - a former industrial area that is gradually being gentrified, the industrial museum is here along with various traditional pubs and a choice of restaurants.

For walking, a pleasant urban walk along the canal from the City Centre to Meadowhall is possible, however Sheffield does have the Peak District on the doorstep.

The most popular walking area in the Peak District from Sheffield is the Hope Valley. A stopping train on the Sheffield-Manchester line runs every other hour calling at Grindleford, Hathersage, Hope and Edale or the 272 bus runs hourly from Sheffield to Castleton (also via Hathersage and Hope).

Another less touristy option for Peak District walks is the Bradfield area where there is a pleasant walk around the reservoirs with some country pubs along the way. If you get a tram to Hillsborough there is a little bus from Hillsborough bus station which runs a circular route around Bradfield every hour.

For public transport information including timetables and details of all day rover tickets visit www.travelsouthyorkshire.com.

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5. Re: At a loose end in Sheffield

Excellent. Thanks for all the useful information. Seems like there is a lot more to Sheffield than meets the eye!

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