With its famous seven hills and five rivers, Sheffield is an unexpectedly scenic city
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Visitors to the world-famous city of steel are in for a surprise as you may think it's very industrial, but Sheffield actually has more than four times as many trees as people. The old industrial sites that populate the city are stunning visitor attractions, standing amongst 170 woodlands and 78 public parks. It's also a centre of excellence for sports as Sheffield is home to over 30 major sporting events every year.
For those who prefer to exercise their wallets rather than their limbs, Sheffield has much to offer in the retail sector too. With one of Europe's largest shopping centres plus a variety of stylish boutiques, there are hundreds of shops to choose from. The city also boasts many cafes, restaurants and bars so you can relax and watch the world go by.
Sheffield benefits from great transport links, so it's very easy to get to. The city has one main train station;
Sheffield is fast becoming a popular city destination, as people come to discover the secrets of this surprising place for themselves. You can take trains to Sheffield from across the country, and don't forget you can also secure cheap train tickets to Sheffield by booking online in advance.
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Whether you want to relax in a park, grab a bite to eat in a trendy restaurant or indulge in a spot of shopping, Sheffield has something for you. Here are some suggestions of great things to do in the city.
Sheffield's Winter Garden provides a stunning green world in the centre of the city. Housed in one of the largest glasshouses to be built in the UK during the last hundred years, the Garden is a pedestrian route with a difference. Marvel at the 2500 plants from around the world as you wander through the impressive structure, which is 70 metres long and 22 metres high - big enough to house 5000 average household greenhouses. The Garden is also home to the Bessemer Gallery and Café Azure, where you can stop for coffee and light refreshments. Entry is free and Sheffield's Winter Garden is only a ten minute walk from Sheffield train station.
The Millennium Gallery offers the very best in art, craft and design in the heart of Sheffield. There are fascinating exhibitions to explore and fun art classes where you can try your hand at creating some art for yourself and there's also a shop where you can buy a souvenir of your visit. Located next to the Winter Garden, the Gallery is easily accessible and there's also free entry. The Gallery is a short walk from Sheffield train station.
Discover the story of Sheffield in one award-winning museum, from its geological roots to the people, politics and music that make up the modern city. Permanent exhibitions include 'Arctic World' and 'What on Earth?' - an interactive introduction to the natural world. Kids will love the fun activities that have been especially designed for little explorers, such as art workshops and dancing sessions. Located in the city centre, the family-friendly museum is easy to get to using public transport. Again, entry is free and it's a short bus ride from Sheffield train station.
Continuing the trend of free places to visit, the Cathedral Church of St Marie is a fascinating place to visit in Sheffield. Despite being in the bustling city centre, it's a quiet, peaceful and undeniably beautiful place. The large east window is magnificent, as are the statues and stonework decorations which pay tribute to the Victorian builders who made them in 1850. Stop at the Cathedral for a well-earned break to get away from it all, and to wonder at the history all around you. The cathedral is a ten minute walk from Sheffield train station.
If you're looking for some action to get your adrenaline going, then Aerial Extreme is the place for you. Whether young or old, everyone will have a great time facing fears and traversing the fun high ropes adventure course. There are over 30 exciting obstacles including speedy drops, mid-air jumps, gravity-defying climbing walls and more. Located just outside the city centre near the airport, Aerial Extreme is easily accessible by tram links or a short bus ride from Sheffield train station and is definitely worth a visit.