Sheffield still makes a lot of steel. There have been metalworkers in the area since pre-Roman times. On either side within Sheffield stand Iron age Forts. Carl Wark and Wincobank. WIncobank is described as probably the most significant iron age fort in the UK.
There is literally heritage round every corner. So many buildings not only significant to Sheffield but to the world. Yet Sheffield has taken a long time to realise that people might be interested in the place where Mary Queen of Scots was incarcerated for 13 years of her life. The place that spawned 2 bishop brothers, and the founders of Newfoundland. Where the King of Wessex and Mercia signed a treaty with the King of Northumbria. There are Saxon crosses, medieval churches, fine Georgian Buildings, grand Victorian Buildings and classic Art Deco. From Ring and Cup markings of the ancient Britons to the Edwardian magnificence of Sheffield University’s Western Bank all within the city’s boundaries
There are 180 woods in Sheffield, 80 of which are classed as heritage woodlands. There are 4 scheduled ancient monuments, 15 local nature reserves, and 6 sites of scientific interest within Sheffield and part of the Peaks National Park lies within Sheffield’s boundary. Sheffield has 80 public parks and 650 other green and open spaces. It is not difficult to find a park wherever you are in Sheffield.
Sheffield is not a museum. Many old buildings survived the onward march of technology by being readapted or even a complete change of use. The old works make great accommodation for students or offices, whereas other works continue in the way they always have done as multi-use workshops though there may be bands rehearsal rooms, recording studios and artists workshops amongst the cutler, and the electroplater.
The reputation the Made in Sheffield label throughout the world, has meant that Sheffield has more artists and craft workers proportionally than anywhere else in the UK. Sheffield has more theatres, more amateur acting groups, more musicians and more recording studios than anywhere outside London but given the size of Sheffield it means also a larger number of the population are involved in creative arts than anywhere else in the UK. There are always a wide range of art exhibitions opening, Plenty of live music and some high class concerts and plays. Theatres range from the tiny Victorian Lantern Theatre to the more Brutalist style of the Crucible but all share the same high quality of performances.
The visitor can immerse themselves in Sheffield’s history. They can book in at a historic hotel, have a meal in an old steel works, go back to Georgian times at Abbeydale hamlet, climb the heights of Wincobank Hill or walk through ancient woods. They can stand in the banqueting Tower of Manor Lodge and imagine the presence of Mary Queen of Scots, sit in Carbrook Hall and imagine you are Colonel Bright and the Parliamentary forces discussing strategy. Or walk through the little tudor/Jacobean farmhouse called Bishops House and imagine the families that lived there for nearly 500 years. Visit the many galleries and workshops in renovated works. Walk the grand General Cemetery and hear stories of the residents. Join one of the many activities in the ancient Cathedral or sit back and enjoy a concert at the magnificent City Hall, or enjoy the Victorian opulence of the Lyceum Theatre. The list is almost endless. Museums such as the tiny one at Handsworth Vicarage to the Grand Weston Park, from ancient Shepherd’s Wheel to Kelham Island and the amazing National Emergency Services Museum. All unique to Sheffield.
Sheffield is a city of diverse cultures which means there is a wide diversity of restaurants and food shops. One of the places for a wide range of food is London Road which has a high number of Chinese restaurants but has also been joined by other countries cuisine. There is also high cuisine in a variety of restaurants in historic buildings using local farm produce from within Sheffield’s boundaries. Sheffield is world famous for its independent breweries such as Kelham Island Brewery and the Fat Cat pub.