Top things to do in Sheffield

Sheffield City Centre

Top things to do in Sheffield

Whether you’re visiting Sheffield for business or a short city break, you probably want to know the best things to do.

Sheffield has something for everyone, from the largest urban glasshouse in Europe to one of the most concentrated clusters of theatres outside London. It’s also one of the UK’s greenest cities, with more trees than any other European city!

This blog covers the top 8 things to do in the Sheffield city centre to help you make the most out of your visit. 

1. Galleries 

Sheffield is home to some of the best galleries in the country. The Millenium Gallery is one of England’s most visited free attractions and showcases the best of national and international art and design. It’s also home to the unique Metalwork collection, which houses over 800 examples of the stunning cutlery, flatware and tableware that have made the city of steel famous!

If you prefer modern and contemporary artwork, then explore the Site Gallery. This contemporary art space specialises in moving image, new media and performance.

2. Sheffield Gardens 

As one of the UK’s greenest cities, it’s no surprise that Sheffield is full of beautiful parks, gardens, and green spaces. The Winter Garden, located next to the Millenium Gallery, is the largest urban greenhouse in Europe. With over 2,500 plants from around the world, the Winter Garden is the perfect place to visit if you’re a plant lover. Nearby, there’s the popular Peace Gardens, an award-winning public space home to numerous beautiful cascading water features. 

Slightly further outside the city centre is the Sheffield Botanical Gardens. This is the perfect spot to relax, admire the 18 different garden areas, and explore the winding maze of paths. 

3. Sheffield Theatres 

Sheffield’s Tudor Square is nicknamed ‘theatre land’ because it’s home to one of the largest concentrations of theatres in the UK outside of London. The Lyceum Theatre is the city’s largest, with over a thousand seats. This gleaming traditional proscenium arch theatre hosts a variety of shows, including musicals, dramas, and comedies. 

The more modern Crucible Theatre is home to some of Sheffield’s best productions, and its intimate seating arrangement means you are never far from the action!

4. Sheffield Cathedral 

The Cathedral Church of St Peter and St Paul is one of the oldest buildings in the city that’s still in use. Located in the heart of the city, the history of Christianity at this site dates back over 1000 years! With its stunning stained glass windows and fascinating history, Sheffield Cathedral is definitely worth a visit. 

5. Museums 

Sheffield is home to some of the best free museums in the country. This includes Kelham Island Museum and Weston Park Museum

If you’re a fan of video games, the National Video Game Museum explores how and why video games are made. Plus, you get the opportunity to play over 100 different games! 

6. Valley Centertainment Sheffield 

Located just outside the city centre and easy to reach by public transport, Valley Centertainment is a popular leisure and entertainment complex home to various activities and eateries. There’s a cinema, bowling alley, laser quest, adventure golf, and an indoor children’s play centre, making it the perfect day out for both children and adults! After the fun is over, you can eat at popular restaurants like Nando’s and Pizza Express.

7. Meadowhall 

A 15-minute tram ride from the city centre is Meadowhall, the ultimate shopping destination in Sheffield. The largest shopping centre in Yorkshire, it’s home to nearly 300 different stores and 50 places to eat. From popular high street brands, like H&M and Next, to quirky independent boutiques in The Lanes, the variety of shops in Meadowhall means there’s something for everyone. The restaurants at Meadowhall range from popular fast food chains, like KFC and Taco Bell, to sit-down restaurants like Wagamama and Zizzi’s. 

8. Cinemas 

Sheffield is home to a variety of unique cinemas if you fancy seeing a film while you’re in the city. The Light Cinema offers a VIP cinema experience with reclining seats and tables. Plus, they have a bar and an Italian restaurant serving authentic, handmade pizzas on-site!

The independent Showroom Cinema is also home to a café bar and creative workspace. It shows handpicked films and hosts a range of events. There’s also the historic Abbeydale Picture House. This grade II listed building is a multi-functional community arts venue with a range of exciting and unique events. 

How Snug House can help

If you’re considering visiting Sheffield and looking for a more homely option than staying in a hotel, we can help. Snug House offers high-quality, self-serviced accommodation for short to medium-term stays across Sheffield. 

Whether you’re visiting for business or pleasure, our properties are conveniently located and come fully equipped with kitchen facilities so that you can live just like at home! Plus, we offer 24-hour check-in, free Netflix and high-speed wifi. 

Our accommodation 

Snug House currently offers several conveniently located properties across Sheffield. Whichever property you choose, there are loads of fun activities, tasty eateries and green spaces nearby to help you make the most of your stay!

6-bedroom house in Nether Edge

This large 6-bedroom house is located on the outskirts of the city centre, making it ideal for enjoying the excitement of the city whilst still benefiting from a quiet location. 

Many eating-out hot spots are nearby along Abbeydale Road, London Road and Ecclesall Road. From traditional pubs to delicious Indian restaurants, there’s something for everyone. You’re also close to Mount Pleasant Park and Meersbrook Park if you want to enjoy some relaxing greenery. 

Bramhall Lane, home to Sheffield United, is close by and worth visiting if you’re a football fan. If you’re looking for other activities to liven up your evening, why not check out Golf Fang or the popular Treehouse Board Game Cafe?

3-bedroom house in Hillsborough 

This 3-bedroom house is located on the edge of the city centre in the popular area of Hillsborough. This comfy and modern house is perfect for contractors, professionals, and visitors who want homely accommodation with free parking. 

There are many tasty eateries, including the Depot Bakery, if you want a sweet treat and The Park Grill, which serves typical pub grub. Nearby are the Hillsborough stadium (home to Sheffield Wednesday FC) and the Owlerton Racetrack.  If you’re after some greenery, you’re also close to Hillsborough park, Middlewood Park, and the River Don.

2-bedroom apartment in Sheffield city centre

This 2-bedroom apartment is located in an incredibly convenient location in the heart of the city. You have the whole of the city to explore right on your doorstep!

For shopping, there’s Fargate and the Moor Market. Plus, you’re only a 15-minute tram ride away from Meadowhall for the ultimate shopping experience.

There’s also loads of nightlife nearby, and you’re close to the famous West Street with its famous range of bars and clubs, including West Street Live and Molly Malone’s Sheffield. There’s also the world-famous Leadmill with its popular club nights and Bongo’s Bingo at the Sheffield O2 Academy.

You’re also close to numerous tasty eateries, from cosy and affordable Italian restaurants like BB’s Italian, where you can bring your own wine, to popular chain restaurants like Turtle Bay with special happy hour deals.

There are loads of green spaces nearby, including Devonshire Green, Sheffield Winter Gardens and Peace Gardens. If you’re after activities, there’s a huge range from playing games at Roxy Ballroom to enjoying an award-winning play at the Crucible Theatre. 

Why choose Snug House?

If you want the convenience of a hotel combined with the space and comfort of your own home in a convenient Sheffield city centre location, check out our range of apartments. Or, have a look at the services we offer for more information about what we do.