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Visitor's Guide to Sheffield

Visitor's Guide to Sheffield When you compare Sheffield to the other major cities in the UK, it won’t win any prizes for being the prettiest or the most refined, but it does have plenty to offer if you scratch beneath the surface.

Although few people would consider it to be the ideal holiday destination, Sheffield attracts people from all over the world to visit, work and live because it offers diversity on so many levels. From its art galleries and museums, to its shopping and sports facilities, this is a city with plenty to offer plenty of people.

The city plays host to some of the best arts in the region, thanks to the creation of the Cultural Industries Quarter. This 3/4 of a square mile area is home to more than 300 companies that work in the creative industry as well as innovative art galleries like the Site Gallery [map], media education outlets including Sheffield Hallam University's Northern Media School [map], dedicated studio space for artists in Persistence Works and the largest independent film house outside London, The Showroom [map].

The Cultural Industries Quarter is part of the recent regeneration of the city, but Sheffield has long been able to produce notable artists and pioneers including chart-toppers Def Leppard, Human League, Heaven 17, Joe Cocker, Moloko, and Jarvis Cocker, the lead singer from Pulp, as well as Helen Sharman the first Briton in space, Lord of the Rings and Troy star actor Sean Bean and politician David Blunkett.

Sheffield is also one of the national centres for sport with a wealth of top class sporting facilities including IceSheffield [map], Sheffield Ski Village [map], The Edge [map] climbing centre and Pond Forge Sports Centre [map] , where you can watch the professionals display their sporting prowess or possibly rub shoulders with them by taking part. The city also has a long association with ‘the beautiful game’ as it is the home of the oldest football club in the world, as well as two top football teams.

For history enthusiasts and those who like the odd interesting fact, Sheffield’s museums and places of interest are likely to impress, with insights into Sheffield’s industrial past as well how the centuries of Sheffielders lived. There’s the engaging Kelham Island Museum [map], the historic Beauchief Abbey [map], insightful Bishops’ House [map] and the impressive Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul [map].

If outdoor pursuits interest you then you should feel right at home in Sheffield because it is probably England’s greenest city with 50 public parks and 150 woodlands as well as the Sheffield Winter Garden. In addition most Sheffield residents live within a few minutes of open countryside because of the city’s proximity to the Peak District.

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