||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
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.
So check out our guide to the Steel City and see how
surprising Sheffield can really be...