The most convenient airport for Sheffield is Manchester Airport. There are direct trains from Manchester Airport to Sheffield hourly throughout the day, and the journey takes approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes. These trains are operated by Arriva Trains Northern (see below). There are also frequent trains from Manchester Airport to Manchester Piccadilly (the main station in Manchester), from where direct trains run to Sheffield every half an hour.
If you are flying via London, you can fly to either Heathrow or Gatwick airports. From Heathrow you should take the Piccadilly Line on the London Underground to St. Pancras Station. From Gatwick Airport you should go by train to Victoria Station, then take the Victoria Line on the London Underground to St. Pancras Station. From St. Pancras you can then take a Midland Mainline train direct to Sheffield (see below). From either airport the jouney to St. Pancras will take about 1 hour, and the train journey from St. Pancras to Sheffield about two and a half hours.
Sheffield University, Halifax Hall and the Holiday Inn - Sheffield West, are a 10 -15 minute taxi ride from Sheffield Station, which should cost no more than £10.
Sheffield can be reached easily by train from most locations. There is direct hourly service from London St. Pancras to Sheffield, which takes approximately two and a half hours. This service is run by Midland Mainline. Sheffield University, Halifax Hall and the Holiday Inn - Sheffield West, are a 10 -15 minute taxi ride from Sheffield Station, which should cost no more than £10.
Unfortunately, the train service in England can appear both expensive and complicated. There are several train companies operating on many routes, and ticket prices vary dependent on how far in advance tickets are bought, whether one is willing to buy untransferable tickets for specific trains, and the time of day one wishes to travel. Also, a return (round trip) ticket typically costs only a little more than a single (one way) ticket, and can sometimes cost less than a single ticket. In general, the earlier in advance a ticket is bought, and the more willing one is to fix the time at which one will travel, the cheaper the ticket.
Ticket prices, conditions and puchasing for London-Sheffield can be found at Midland Mainline or by telephoning 08457 12 56 78.
Ticket prices, conditions and puchasing for Manchester Airport-Sheffield can be found at Arriva Trains Northern or by telephoning 0870 602 3322.
Train times and travel information for all UK train routes can be found at networkrail or by telephoning 08457 48 49 50.
Sheffield is in the centre of England next to the M1 motorway, and driving to Sheffield is quite easy. However, reaching Sheffield University by car can be more complicated. Please visit the University Travel Webpages for further information.
Printable maps for all UK locations can be found at www.streetmap.co.uk.
The centre of Sheffield is quite small, and can be walked around relatively easily. Bus number 50 provides the best connection between Halifax Hall and the city centre.
Within Sheffield centre the main shopping areas are Devonshire Street, Division Street and Fargate. These areas have a range of bookshops, clothes shops, music shops and a number of cafes, bars and other places to eat and drink.
A smaller range of shops, restaurants and cafes can be found just south of Halifax Hall on Eccleshall Road, and north of Halifax Hall on Fulwood Road. Eccleshall Road is the more pleasant and well appointed of these two areas.
There is also a large shopping mall called Meadowhall on the outskirts of Sheffield. It houses all the major UK department stores, and also has a cinema and corporate food outlets. It can be reached by supertram from any tram stop. The tram will be on the yellow line, and will have 'Meadowhall' as its destination. This will cost £2.40 per person for a 'Dayrider' ticket which you can then use on all trams all day. Tickets are bought from the conductor once you have boarded the tram.
Sheffield's Botanical Gardens are a short walk from Halifax Hall, between Brocco Bank and Eccleshall Road. These are free to enter, and there is a café in the North East corner. Endcliffe Park is a larger, partially wooded park close to the Botanical Gardens, which is also free to walk around anytime.
|The Peak District National Park borders Sheffield to the West, and can be reached easily by bus or car. The Peaks offer numerous walking, hiking and cycling opportunities, as well as picturesque views, villages and village pubs. Of particular interest is the village of Eyam (pronounced 'Eeem'), which has a museum and other monuments concerning the time when the village entered self imposed isolation to prevent spreading the Plague to the North of England. There is also Chatsworth House - a large country house with gardens which is open to the public and is situated in a 1000 acre park.|
In addition, the Peak District is home to some of the best and most popular rock-climbing in the world.
Moyers Buttress (E1 5b) Gardoms Edge
Papacy Buttress, Harpur Hill
Sheffield has a number of museums and galleries which are part of the Sheffield Galleries and Museums Trust. These include the City Museum and Mappin Art Gallery which is located next to the University overlooking Weston Park, and the Millennium Galleries which are in the centre of town between the Central Library and the Novotel. The Central Library also houses the Graves Art Gallery. These galleries house permanent and often prestigious temporary collections. Current exhibitions and opening times can be found on the via Sheffield Galleries and Museums Trust and are also listed in the Sheffield Telegraph, our local weekly newspaper.
Ponds Forge International Sports Centre is open to the public every day, and has a gym and a 50m swimming pool which can be used on a drop-in basis. It is located in the centre of town near to the train station. The Showroom is an independent cinema which also has a café, bar and restaurant attached. It too is located near the train station. In addition, Sheffield is home to the Crucible and Lyceum Theatres which present a wide variety of internationally acclaimed music and stage productions. The Crucible also hosts the World Snooker Championships every April.
More information on Sheffield can be found on the Sheffield University Information Pages.
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