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Sheffield is a city and metropolitan borough in South Yorkshire, England. It has an area of 142.06 sq mi (367.94 km2) and a population of more than 551,800. Sheffield is named after the River Sheaf, a stream flowing through the heart of the city. In the 19th century, Sheffield became famous for steel production and was declared a city in 1893. The city lies within the valleys of the River Don and its tributaries, the River Loxley, the Porter Brook, the Rivelin, and the River Sheaf. Around 60 % of the city's land area is covered with green spaces and woodlands. It is home to more than 250 parks, gardens, and more than 2 million trees, outnumbering the human population by 3 to 1. There are also many historical and industrial sights in the heart of Sheffield you can explore. The City of Sheffield has a temperate climate. It is is one of the most visited city in the country.
Points of interests / things to see
The Sheffield Botanical Gardens are located along the Ecclesall Road in the western part of the city. The Botanical Gardens, designed by Robert Marnock was established in 1836. Spanning a land area of 19 acres (77,000 m2), the gardens contains more than 5,000 species of plants. It is a home to a variety of plants from around the globe such as Mediterranean, Asian, American prairie-style, and a lot more. The Sheffield Botanical Gardens boasts of their National Collections of Weigela, Diervilla and Sarcococca. It also features an exquisite Grade II listed glass pavilions, reopened in 2003 by HRH, the Prince of Wales. Other remarkable features of the garden is the main gateway, the southern entrance lodge and a charming bear pit. The garden has survived the world war two and was later restored to its original beauty. An Aviary and Aquarium was then added to the Botanical Gardens. It is managed by the Parks Woodlands & Countryside of Sheffield City Council and has won a number of prestigious awards and commendations since 2004. The Botanical Garden of Sheffield is absolutely a wonderful sanctuary and a perfect getaway from the busy urban life. Visitors will surely be enchanted by its extraordinary charm and outstanding features. Sheffield Botanical Gardens is something you should not miss when visiting the city.
The Peace Garden is an award-winning public square located in the heart of Sheffield. The area occupied by the garden is formerly a Churchyard of St. Paul's chapel. The Church was built by a rich goldsmith named Robert Downs in the 18th century. It was eventually demolished for the purposed of expanding the town hall. The plan for the extension was failed due to the second world war and the church walls still remains in the site. In 1938, "St Paul's Garden" was created near the walls. The garden was later renamed “Peace Garden”, reflecting the Munich Agreement in 1985. The Peace Garden features fountains and war memorials. The Goodwin Fountain is dedicated to Sir Stuart and Lady Goodwin, founder of Neepsend Ltd who donated money to different charities in Sheffield. The Holberry Cascades is dedicated to the head of the Sheffield Chartist Movement, Samuel Holberry. The stunning bronze vessel waterfalls symbolizes the five rivers that flows through the city. There is also a magnificent Standard measures of yard and meter installed in the garden in 1998. The Spanish War Memorial, bearing the names of the volunteers who fought in the Spanish Civil War in 1936-39, also deserves a few moments of inspection. Also noteworthy is the Bochum Bell, a gift from Bochum City in Germany to the people of Sheffield in 1985.
Sheffield Winter Garden is the grandest temperate glasshouse ever built in the United Kingdom. It is one of the most visited spot in the city, attracting hundreds of visitors everyday. This award winning winter garden was opened to the public on May 22, 2003 by Queen Elizabeth II herself. The garden is home to more than 2,500 plants from all over the world. There are around 150 species of plants from Central America, Madagascar and China including big palms and eucalyptus trees. It was designed by the renowned Buro Happold and Pringle Richards Sharratt Architect. The glasshouse proudly stands about 70 metres (77 yd) long and 21 metres (23 yd) high. The structure has a largest Glued Laminated timber, a background protection against the frost. There are fans and vents installed in the glasshouse, providing warmth for the plants during winter and cool temperature during summer. The plants are carefully watered using a hose or a water can and spray so it will only get just the exact amount of water. Plants from tropical countries are housed first in an acclimatisation glasshouse in south east England for a couple of years before being planted in the Winter Garden. The Winter Garden is also a home to the Bessemer Gallery and a delightful cafe. Opening time: Monday to Saturday 8am to 8pm and Sunday 8am to 6pm
Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, located in the southern part of Sheffield, is one of the most visited industrial museum in the city. It is formerly a steel-manufacturing site on the banks of the River Sheaf during the 13th century. The museum contains worker’s abode, waterwheels, crucible steel furnaces, tilt hammers and workshops. The Abbeydale scythe-making plant is operating until 1930. The museum showcases the city's metal and steel works in the 18th century. This historic site was used for iron forging for more than 500 years. The best feature of the museum is the Crucible Furnace built in 1830. It was used to create a crucible steel for the tools in the 19th century, and still retains its original shape today. The tilt forge was built in 1785, containing a couple of large tilt hammers used to flatten the tools. There is also a Steam Engine built by Davy Brother and was installed on the area in 1855. There are other features of the site for visitors to enjoy and explore such as the Grinding Hull, Boring Shop, Blacking shop, the Counting House, and the Managers House. There are also notable cottages and stables built around 17th to the 18th century. Young visitors will surely enjoy the hands-on Works Gallery and a lovely Orchard. Opening times: Monday - Thursday: 10am - 4pm, Sunday: 11am - 4.45pm
The Kelham Island Museum is located on Alma Street along the banks of River Don in the heart of the city. It is an industrial museum established in 1982. The area occupied by the museum is a man-made island, an effect of mill race construction during the 12th century. The island was named after Kellam Homer, the owner of the grinding workshop in goit (mill race) in 1637. John Crowley built an Iron Foundry on this area in 1829 and it was operating until the 1890s. Later in 1899 a power station was replaced to the building of the Iron Foundry, supplying electricity for the new trams in Sheffield. Today, the former power station houses the historic Kelham Island Museum. The museum offers tours and special exhibitions on science and industry of the city. The remarkable Bessemer converter situated in the heart of the Museum, won an Engineering Heritage Award in 2004. The best feature of the Kelham Island Museum is the notable 1905 River Don Engine. It is a 12,000 horsepower (9 MW) steam engine providing electricity to an Armour plate rolling mill in the city. The engine was last used in the River Don Productions in 1978. Opening times: Monday to Thursday 10am to 4pm Sunday 11am to 4.45pm
The Shepherd Wheel located in the south-western side of the city is a working museum established in 1998. It is housed in an old water-powered grinding workshop along the Porter Brook. The 5.5 m (18 ft) diameter historic water wheel is one of the oldest wheels in the city and the highlight of the museum. The museum's remarkable features such as workshops, dam, goit and weir are Grade II listed and the area is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Other notable features of this historic museum are a couple of grinding hulls and grinding wheels and a collection of ancient tools and equipment. The Shepherd Wheel is managed by the Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust.
Heeley City Farm is located in the district of Heeley, around 20 minutes from Sheffield City Centre. This award-winning farm has been one of the city's top attractions since its opening in 1981. It is truly a haven of peace where you can have a taste of farm life in the middle of the city. It is a great place for kids to learn about animals and their environments. The farm is home to a number of animals and a variety of birds. Other features of the farm is a children's playground, a charity shop or relax in our cafe surrounded by the stunning gardens. Heeley City Farm is open everyday from 9 am to 5 pm.
The Millennium Gallery in Sheffield represents the history of the city's metal industry. It was designed by architect Pringle Richards Sharrat and was opened in April 2001. The museum is managed by Museum Sheffield and is listed as the 15th most visited attraction in England. It features more than 13,000 objects and items showcasing the city's metalworks. Visitors will surely be amazed by an impressive display of steel work such as cutlery, flatware (forks and spoons), holloware (e.g. bowls, teapots, containers), and more. It also displays an art collection amassed by John Ruskin including watercolors, drawings, prints, plaster casts, minerals, illustrated books, manuscripts and coins. The museum offers a range of exhibition such as Kill Your Darlings, Under the Sea, Designed to Shine and many more. The Millennium Gallery is open everyday from 10 am to 5 pm.
The Graves Art Gallery in Sheffield houses a collection representing the city's historical and contemporary arts. It was established in 1934 on the third floor of the city's Central Library building. The museum was named after John George Graves, a businessman who helped built the gallery. Graves also donated his collection of around 700 paintings to the art gallery. It displays the work of many renowned artists JMW Turner, Alfred Sisley, Stanley Spencer, Bridget Riley, Damien Hirst Sam, Taylor-Wood & Marc Quinn just to name a few. The gallery also offers a quite atmosphere you will surely enjoy. The Graves Art Gallery is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 11 am to 4 pm.
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How to get there ?
You can get to the heart of Sheffield from any of the 3 airports depending on your origin. The closest one is the Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport (http://www.robinhoodairport.com/), approximately 35 minutes away from the city centre. From this airport, you can take the Airport Arrow Bus bound to Doncaster railway station where you can board a train directly to Sheffield downtown. The Nottingham East Midlands Airport (http://www.eastmidlandsairport.com/), in southern Sheffield is only an hour away from downtown. Bus lines such as Gorilla Bus or the National Express, are operating daily from this airport to the city centre. The Manchester Airport, more than an hour drive from Sheffield, offers a number of international flights and is served by major airlines. There is a train departing from Manchester bound to Sheffield hourly. For more information about Manchester Airport please visit http://www.manchesterairport.co.uk/. The city has an excellent public transport system and you will get around easily. The Stagecoach Supertram has three lines serving in Sheffield. There are also several bus lines operating around the city. An excellent way to explore this green city is to travel by foot. Sheffield offers a range of wonderful sight every step of the way. A visit to this adorable city is truly an unforgettable experience and absolutely worth it.
Sheffield city hall
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