About the City of Sheffield
Sheffield offers attractions of both cities and beautiful rural countryside. While it is the fourth largest city in England, it is located on the edge of the one of the UK's largest and most well known national parks — the Peak District National Park — which is just five miles from Sheffield city centre. From Sheffield it is also easy to get to other cities in the UK. Manchester, Leeds, Bradford, Nottingham and York are all just about an hour by train (or car), and London is about two and half hours by train.
Getting Around Sheffield
The University of Sheffield has online maps of the university, available here.
'Visit Sheffield' provides a Sheffield Interactive Map through google maps with points of interest marked.
Local Parks and Gardens
Sheffield has approximately 200 public parks, gardens, and woodlands, within the city itself. The closest parks and gardens to the University are Weston Park, St. George's Church and the Devonshire Green (all within 5 minutes walk).
Sheffield's Peace Gardens and Winter Garden are small but attractive Public Gardens in Sheffield city Centre. 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 the University, on Clarkhouse Road. These are free to enter, and there is an excellent cafe 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 University. 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 pounds and 40p 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 is a large national park that borders Sheffield to the West, and can be reached easily by bus or car (the beginning of the Peak District is only 15 minutes or so by car or bus from the University). The Peaks offer numerous walking, hiking and cycling opportunities, as well as picturesque views, villages, and village pubs. Chatsworth House (pictured to the left) is a large country house with large attractive gardens, situated in a 1000 acre park. The park, house , and gardens are all open to the public. 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 cafe, 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.