... the home of The Full Monty, stainless steel and birthplace of the best actor in Hollywood, the one and only Sean Bean...."Winter is coming..."
" This my personal guide of sheffield written by a Sheffielder to the ToastMasters and partners so they can make the most of their time while here. I’m a local and love to eat and drink and i’ll give you a lowdown of the best places to dine and wine and the local tourist attractions. I’ve broke it down into sections to make it easier to find what's relevant to you."
Alex Kelly, Sheffield Speakers Toastmasters
Sheffield Town Centre
Sheffield town centre restaurants can get booked up on peak times, usually 6PM-10PM on Friday and Saturday nights. Book early or visit London Road for restaurants of world.
After you step off the train station you will be greeted by largest steel urinal in the western hemisphere (you’ll see it when you get off the train). Just next to that is the Sheffield Tap, another great reason to get the train to Sheffield. It has 11 traditional cask hand pulls and 12 continental swing handled taps, set against a backdrop of over 200 different bottled world beers. It's a little on the pricy side of things (by Sheffield standards) but the selection and atmosphere is fantastic!
Probably my favourite coffee house in Sheffield is Tamper which is only a 6 minute walk to the train station. Their kiwi take on Eggs Royale is to die for.
Feeling energetic and want to take a look around Sheffield. We have bikes to hire in the style of London Boris bikes right outside the train station and various other locations. See information here with live updates on where the stations are and how many bikes there are.
Sheffield Theatres is the largest theatre complex outside London. Why not indulge in one of the latest showing while in the city, see list here. I’m a regular attendee and have recently been to see The Full Monty - shows are always superb.
Mama and Leonies is my personal favourite Italian restaurant just around the corner from the Sheffield Theatres. It’s not much to look at inside but the food and service is awesome!
There are also some great spots to relax. We have the Sheffield Botanical Gardens, the Winter Gardens, a tropical paradise in the centre of down popular for office workers to enjoy their sandwiches at lunch.
There are also guided walks every day except Monday & Sunday. See guides website here.
Outside of Sheffield city centre
Abbeydale Road for the hipsters and also home of our antiques quarter with the famous Jameson's tea rooms. Lots of cafés on this side of town to indulge in. For fresh bread and coffee, try the Forge Bakehouse and Amici & Bici for coffee and a good bite.
For taste of the world, visit London Road. Most of the restaurant on here are cheaper than in town and easier to to just walk into, usually 6PM-10PM on Friday and Saturday nights. My favourite places on here are WasabiSabi where the talented chefs throw omelette slices into your mouth from across the restaurant. For a taste of india visit Radhuni, great food and bring your own beer. If you want alcohol, just buy in from the supermarket next door which is open late.
Ecclesall Road is middle class, poncy people. It has lots of restaurants and bars to quench your feast. My favourite is All Siam Thai Restaurant and also Lescar for a drink, comedy/music nights are often on in the back room.
It's only 15 minutes to the the Peak District National Park. There are various buses and trains that will take you into the peaks or if you have a car available, take a drive. The peaks are famous for its cycling tracks, walking and camping. It’s a lovely part of the country.
Try taking a day trip to Chatsworth House. It’s been the house of the Cavendish family for 16 generations. It is estimated that more than a million people use the estate in some way every year. The House and Garden together provide around 66 full time and 23 part time jobs. Next to Chatsworth is Bakewell, a quaint English village town famous for its bakewell tarts and puddings - tarts are the best :-)
Fancy some cycling to energise yourself. Why not visit Derwent and hire some cycles, see this link for hiring bikes. Or there is a the Monsal trail on an old railway line that take you through the peaks and through tunnels.
For all you shoppers out there. We have the largest shopping centre in Yorkshire and the eighth largest in the United Kingdom. It has designer and high street stores, including Apple shop, Hugo Boss, department stores House of Fraser and Debenhams, a cinema and a huge food court. See the link here for full list of shops and details on Meadowhall. You can get there by tram from the city centre.
Sheffield is home to a host of sports and fitness centres. We host the world Snooker championships every year at the Crucible Theatre complex in the Sheffield town centre. We’re the home to the oldest football club in the world, the one and only Sheffield FC. Its has a constant pilgrimage of football fans from around the world who come to watch them from Pele, Bobby Charlton to more recently, the 400 FC Köln and Borussia Dortmund supporters turned up to watch them and drink, of course.
We’re also home to rival football teams, the Owls and the Blades. The Blades have just been promoted and the Owls are in the playoffs for the premiership.
The Sheffield steelers are currently the champions of the Elite Ice hockey league. You can go ice skating at Ice Sheffield which has 2 olympic size rinks. Sheffield is home to Ponds Forge; it has an Olympic-sized swimming pool with a separate kids swimming pool with wave machine, rapids and slides. It also contains a gym and fitness classes should you want to get some exercise while here in Sheffield.
All the above is a short walk or a super tram ride away.