This is the nerve center of Sheffield. While it is true that it is a tiny town, without much movement, there is lots happening near Fargate. If you are lucky you'll be there around St Patrick's Day. The downtown area is full of people, tents and kiosks are set up with enormous amounts of beer and you can even meet Spanish people like Julian who has been making a paella there for almost 10 years. Beyond being used as a place for celebration, the area also has one of the biggest commercial centres in the city where you can find big brand stores, including Mark Spencer, like in almost all important areas of British cities.
Sheffield Town Hall is a beautiful building built in the late nineteenth century and situated right in the center of the city, in Fargate. It was opened by Queen Victoria and, interestingly, she opened it by remote control while sitting in a carriage. Leaving aside anecdotes, the building stands out by giving a different touch to the center. On one side there are pretty gardens and fountains that allow you to lose yourself in the wild in the heart of the city. Moreover, it is also next to the Millennium Gallery, so a walk around is a must if you are in the city.
One of the most important cultural buildings in Sheffield is the Millenium Gallery. It's right in the city center and very close to the train station. Inside are a number of interesting exhibitions. If this city is known for anything (apart from being the place where they filmed The Full Monty) it is for their knives. The city was well known in the preparation and use of metals (steel, silver, etc..) Due to its strategic geographical position, Sheffield became famous for knives. One of the most interesting things you have to see in these galleries is a museum that tells you the whole story. In addition, there are always other exhibitions that can be very interesting. A strange thing is that the building ends (or begins, depending on how you look) in the botanical garden of the city, so you can kill two birds with one stone. Admission is free (except for traveling exhibitions, which are priced differently) and you should go in the morning because they close between 17 and 18 h.
Located in the center of Sheffield, the Cathedral is without doubt the most impressive building in the whole city. It is, to my mind, the most beautiful cathedral in the area (only of the cities I visited in the north of England, of course. Perhaps there are better ones elsewhere). It has the typical fell of British cathedrals, something in the "harry potter" style, if you get what I mean. Is one of those places that, without doubt, you will see when you go to Sheffiled. As I say, if you are passing through the center and it also has some kind of magnetism that makes you go right up close and see it face to face. It is surrounded by a fairly wide square where crowds usually gather. It also looks to be the place where kids go to meet and then have a walk around the city center.
The City Hall, is situated very close to Fargate, a few minutes walk up it, is primarily a space dedicated to culture: Exhibitions and, especially, plays and concerts. For if Sheffield is famous for something more than the popular Full Monty, it is because it has been home to many important bands: Pulp, Arctic Monkeys, Def Leppard, Joe Cocker ... and not because the locals do not appreciate good music or do not have places to hold concerts. The building was built in 1932 and, architecturally, is quite beautiful. With a classic feel to it, there is a very curious fountain in front which, incidentally, has a lot of foam, which attracts a lot of attention.
Sheffield, a city in northern England, is about 3 hours from London by train. If buy the tickets in advance, on the National Rail site, you can get good prices, but you have to be sure that you can travel at the particular time. Your ticket will not be valid on later trains. The station was formerly known as Pond Street, Sheffield Midland, referring to the area. You're still in England, so it's worth using discount cards. You can get a 30% discount on all trains if you travel after 9.30am. The station is connected with London St Pancras, which (from a year ago) is also the Eurostar station. If you visit the travel center you can buy, along with your train ticket, a PLUSBUS PASS which is a travel card allowing you to take all the city buses for a day. It's just £2. The station in Sheffield is large, designed in 1870 by the Midland Railway, which continue to operate. In England there are several railway companies, but the railways are now open to other operators. At the time when the station was built, Sheffield was the capital of the steel industry, which explains the large size of the station.
After searching in different parts of minube I realised that someone has entered the Garden of Peace ( the mythical fountain in front of the City Hall) as The Millennium Square. This is completely incorrect. In fact the Millennium Square is a social triangle in the "cool" and fashionable part of the Gardens of Peace. This was a project started in 1998 and was completed two years later. In this triangle you can find places like the Winter Gardens,the Mercure and Novotel hotels, along with a number of restaurants and cafes (Cafe Nero, Coffee Picolino Rouge and others) as well as a series of innovative buildings that aim to recreate the spirit of progress of the city, a contrast to the classic style of the famous City Hall. Today it is one of the most visited places in the city, not only because it is the center of it, but for creating a social space which in turn creates a social impact, which again should not be confused ( as it often has been) with The Peace Gardens, since the purpose of this area is contrasted with those gardens. These days the area has been provisionally named the new Millennium Square.
Sheffield was the first city I visited and where I lived in the UK 18 years ago. Since then the city and its center have undergone constant change, in this case for the better. One piece of unfinished business for this city, one of the biggest in the UK has always been the recognition of their own history, which today is changing and this corner is one such example. In the center, opposite the historic town hall and most famous square in the city, have been added a series of small waterfalls honoring one of the politicians who fought for more recognition of their city, Samuel Holberry, who led a revolt during the industrial revolution and so was convicted but also made the city develop, the steel capital. Water has always been a symbol of the center of Sheffield, a symbol of change, something very tangible in the evolution of this city, for which I always keep a very special affection.
Sheffield is a city well known for its nocturnal party atmosphere. In fact, West Street is practically totally dedicated to leisure, either in the form of shops and department stores or in the form of pubs and clubs to ensure that everyone has a good time out there at night. As dusk starts, West Street is full of young people wearing their best clothes (it's funny how they get them out, to come out and take a walk around, no matter how cold it gets in the street)who are determined to have a good time. For this reason it is area of restaurants and fast food places, ready to provide food to the the youths. It is also a very nice street. With the tram running down the middle and with some pretty nice buildings. Without a doubt, one of the streets that I liked most in the city.
Located on Howard Street in front of the railway station of Sheffield, The Howard is a lovely pub-restaurant found in an old building. Before the pubs were used as big houses, and underneath there was the common room to eat and have a drink. On the first or second floor lived the owners and from time to time there were some guest rooms. Howard is a typical building, with apparent wooden pillars and a fireplace which make it very cozy. But now it is a modern place, with its giant screen for the games, the jukebox to play the music you like, the pool table and quiz machines.These are machines where you put a coin in, hoping to win millions, similar to those in Las Vegas. They are very popular in England. Prices are cheap, to 2 pounds a pint of beer, and the food is decent but nothing special. Thanks to that fact that it is also near the University, there is a good atmosphere during the school year.
England's High Street has always been the city's old main street. And this is where at one point the whole street was a bakery, pharmacy, and bank. Now High Street remains a central point in the Sheffiels old neighborhood. One of the main streets, begins at Fitzalan Square in Haymarket, and ends at the height of the cathedral. Trams pass by here and the nearest spot is Cathedral. High Street continues to concentrate the city's main banks, and national brand stores. There are also some restaurants. It is one of the oldest streets in the city, as it has been around since the 12th century. There used to be a convent and a religious entity which owned most of the houses. In Victorian times, Sheffield decides to please your High Street in 1895 is wide, and you get beautiful Tudor Gothic style buildings, a style typical of northern England. The width of the street has doubled, making it a greet meeting point for the people. It was destroyed during the Second World War and the rebuilding happened slowly. Over time, it has become an attractive spot to visit.
Almost by chance, while walking around Sheffield, I found Castle Gate. Actually there is nothing special about it, but the truth is that I found it especially nice. And the truth is that in Sheffield, a city that does not have many especially nice places, I was rather shocked. I liked the contrast of the river, which was getting the light and the color of the bricks of the surrounding houses. It is a quiet residential area, and just minutes from the city centre.
This is one of the main important streets of the city of Sheffield. We can say that it crosses the city center area from the top downwards. It is the street of the city with the most noise, since because, among the crowds that go there to other important areas, it is surrounded by shops and commercial areas, where there are a lot of restaurants and pubs for having a drink and which is also the stopping place for the trams, it is difficult to find some peace there. But of course, what can someone expect to find when yo are in the center of cities ... It is also a very nice street. Predominantly white buildings do not obstruct the landscape, so you feel comfortable walking around. It is also the ideal place to go to Fargate, the Cathedral or other areas of the city.
Meadowhall is a shopping mall and also the main bus station in Sheffield. As a commercial center, it is one of the largest in Europe. It is built a little way out of the city but is easily accessible by the tram system, which for 2 pounds and in 15 minutes will take you there. The yellow and purple lines take you from the station in the center to the Cathedral. Every imaginable brand has a shop in this place, now many foreigners arriving from continental Europe because the value of the pound is very low, making British products more attractive. Next, New Look, Apple, Argos, fashion shops, telephone shops, electro domestic, there really is everything. And nearby, there is a Marks and Spencers for normal purchases of food and basic products, as well as a dozen mostly fast food restaurants. Then there is the bus station part, which connects you to London in three hours, and Edinburgh in four hours. Services are provided by National Express and Megabus.
As I've said before , Sheffield is not known for its beauty and for being particularly ostentatious. In fact, in many parts of the city, the most authentic, you can see how this is a city where the overall level is not very high. In fact, if you remember the story of the popular film Full Monty, you'll recall that the people there have had their problems getting ahead. There are some areas where you'll feel more depressed.
Strolling around, we arrive at Moor, which is like a neighborhood shopping area but from not commercial. No frills or branded stores. Street shops, the lifelong, affordable business that are becoming less and less in big cities. The truth is that it is far from a tourist area but if you want to get to know a bit about what lifes like, you can get a glimpse of it here.
This is one of the great commercial centres in Sheffield. It is found in the city centre, in Fargate, and it is a huge building that houses a wide variety of shops for all kinds for shoppers. Inside one can find everything from typical local brand stores to places to drink in Starbucks, the classic British Subway ...
Surrey Street is the heart of the city of Sheffield. This is the main street in the historical center, now replaced by a little pedestrianized High Street (Surrey Street remains open to cars). The road takes you from the beautiful Winter Gardens to the building of the Town Hall, past the art galleries, the city's main library, the university and several bars and restaurants. At the end of the street lies one of the most iconic buildings in the city. Montgomery Hall has a large bell that rings every hour, and can be heard throughout the historical center. Surrey Street is full of historical plaques that tell you a bit of the history of the various buildings. It was once home to the city's greatest families, but after the industrial crisis its charms began to fade. Today it is being renovated, and is becoming very pleasant once again.
The University of Sheffield is an English public university located in Sheffield. Ranked among the top 100 universities in the world, it has more than 25,000 students from over 130 different countries and is also one of the twenty best British universities. The University of Sheffield was founded in 1905, making it one of the first "Red brick university" (these are UK universities founded between the nineteenth and early twentieth century, named for their distinctive architecture).