About the City of Sheffield
The Humanities Research Institute has provided a Conference Venue Map showing location of the Humanities Research Institute on a street map of Sheffield.
'Visit Sheffield' provides a Sheffield Interactive Map through google maps with points of interest marked. This allows you to interactively explore the area around the conference venue. To find the conference venue (not marked on the map) type in “Gell Street”. The Humanities Research Institute is on the corner of Leavygreave Street and Gell Street.
The conference venue, the University of Sheffield's Humanities Research Institute, is located on the west side of the city centre. Sheffield city centre is manageably small with most places of interest only a 10-15 minute walk away.
Nearby Parks and Gardens
The closest green spaces near the conference venue are St. George's Church area (2 minutes walk) and the Devonshire Green (5 minutes). Also close by is Weston Park (5 minutes). Sheffield's Peace Gardens and Winter Garden are small but attractive Public Gardens in Sheffield city Centre (about a 10 minute walk from the conference venue). The Peace Gardens are adjacent to the Winter Garden, which is in turn adjacent to the Millenium Galleries.
Sheffield's Botanical Gardens are 10-15 minute walk from conference venue, on Clarkhouse Road. These are free to enter, and there is an excellent café in the North East corner. Endcliffe Park is a larger, partially wooded park close to the Botanical Gardens (another 5 minutes walk past the Botanical Gardens and down Brocco Bank), which is also free to walk around anytime.
Eating & Drinking:
There are a number of local sandwich shops and restaurants within a few minutes walk from the conference venue. Most of these are located on Glossop Road/West Street and Division Street. There are also a number of local pubs and bars, again mostly on West Street and Division Street.
Sheffield has a number of museums and galleries which are part of the Sheffield Galleries and Museums Trust. These include 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.