One of the country’s largest cities, Sheffield has recently become something of a cultural hub, shaking off the reputation as an industrial centre and instead becoming one of culture and huge musical accomplishments. With one of the largest student populations in the country, the entertainment on offer is as diverse as the people living within the area.
With artists such as Pulp and Arctic Monkeys coming from the area, the city has risen to international fame and has renovated and evolved into a cosmopolitan accordingly. Thanks to its close location to the likes of Manchester and Leeds, Sheffield serves as an ideal basis for a tour of the North’s most infamous and cultural cities.
A hatchback will provide a comfortable journey whilst allowing drivers to easily negotiate the sometimes narrow and twisting roads.
Despite its industrial status, Sheffield is perhaps one of the greenest cities in the UK, with three trees to every one resident. As a result the city is also home to some of the most beautiful public gardens the UK has to offer, with the Winter Gardens being the crown jewel.
Meadowhall is perhaps one of the biggest reasons people visit the city, with more than three million shoppers every year, the mall is home to 280 stores suited for every pocket, along with an entertainment multiplex and a vast food court.
A number of different inner-city festivals take place throughout the year, with Tramlines being the signature music event taking place across the city every year since 2009. For comedy lovers, Grin Up North is one of the leading English comedy festivals, with huge comedians performing alongside up and coming names.
Families will adore the Weston Park Museum, a recently renovated museum with extremely modern features looking at the history of the Arctic, natural history, art and treasure, along with a look back at the history of Sheffield itself.
Due to the one-way system employed within the city centre, driving in Sheffield for new visitors can be difficult and quite confusing. It is highly advised to use a GPS when unfamiliar with the layout of the roads.
Parking can be very limited, especially in the city centre. It is advised to either arrive and find parking early in the day, or park on the outskirts of the city and commute into the centre.
Rush hour traffic is a regular occurrence and can be quite lengthy. It is advised drivers avoid driving between the hours of 7-9am and 4.30-7pm.
Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield is one of the largest in the North of England and is around 35 minutes away from the city centre by car. The airport is served by several international airlines, primarily from Europe, and several national services as well.