Located in the heart of the UK, Sheffield is one of England’s largest cities, with excellent road, rail and air networks. By train, we’re just 2 hours from London, 3.5 hours from Edinburgh and have direct rail links with Manchester Airport. Junction 33 of the M1 is just ten minutes away.

Sheffield is a cultural city, home to the largest theatre complex outside of London and an array of museums and galleries. It’s known for producing some of the nation’s most celebrated musicians, including acts such as Joe Cocker, Def Leppard, The Human League, Heaven 17, Pulp and the Arctic Monkeys.

One of the greenest cities in Europe, Sheffield is also nicknamed ‘the outdoor city’, perfect for outdoor adventure and sports enthusiasts. The city itself is full of parks, gardens and wide open spaces. And if that’s not enough, a third of the city is situated within the Peak District National Park.

The city has a strong sporting heritage that includes the first official football club – Sheffield FC and two current football league clubs in Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United. The World Snooker Championships are also famously played at the Crucible Theatre and the city is also home to professional rugby and ice hockey teams – Sheffield Eagles and Sheffield Steelers respectively.

Sheffield’s position in the historic county of Yorkshire, the largest county in England, means a wide range of cultural attractions are within easy reach. The Visit Sheffield website provides plenty of information on must-see attractions in Sheffield and the surrounding area to help you plan your trip.

From castles to caves, and from woodland to waterfalls, Yorkshire offers some spectacular scenery if you have the time to look around. Alternatively, why not pop into nearby Derbyshire and visit the beautiful Chatsworth House or the famous villages of Bakewell and Castleton.

Things to do in Sheffield

If you are planning to make a weekend of your visit to Sheffield, there are plenty of things to see and do! There’s an abundance of places to eat and drink in the city centre.

Here is a link to Visit Sheffield’s website where you will find details about local attractions, walks, cycling, parks, gardens and woodland along with maps of the city to help you find your way.

The links below will take you to a list of what’s happening in the City, should you wish to explore a little further:

Welcome to Sheffield events Sheffield Culture Guide


City centre restaurants are just a short walk from the festival and recommended hotels and are centered round two main areas – the Peace Gardens and Leopold Square. To help you choose where to eat we’ve compiled a list of restaurants and contact details. Please take a look at either the Welcome to Sheffield Mini Guide or the map of the city showing hotels, in the Venue and City section.

Peace Garden Area

All-day British chain brasserie and bar with lobster nights and afternoon tea in grand cafe setting.

St Paul’s Chambers, 6 St Paul’s Parade, Sheffield S1 2JL
0114 276 6710
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Contemporary European chain dishing up separate breakfast, afternoon tea, lunch and dinner menus

2 Paul’s Place, 127 Norfolk St, Sheffield S1 2JF
0114 272 3342
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Bella Italia
Bubbly chain venue for Italian pasta, pizza and grill dishes.

1 St Paul’s Place Sheffield, S1 2JL
0114 275 3815
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Upscale chain restaurant with a contemporary interior and a menu of classic italian specialities

4 Millennium Square, Sheffield S1 2JJ
0114 275 2698
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Smoke Barbeque
Polished, industrial-chic restaurant with barrel tables, serving US-style ribs, steak and burgers

1 St Paul’s Place, Sheffield, S1 2NB
0114 331 0331
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Pizza Express
Pizza, Mediterranean dishes and burgers in simple bistro with framed pictures and parquet floors

Unit 1, City Lofts Tower, St Paul’s Place, Sheffield, S1 2PT
0114 276 8808
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Leopold Square area

Aagrah Kashmiri Restaurant
Contemporary chain restaurant serving traditional regional dishes from India and Pakistan

Unit 1 Leopold Square, Leopold Street, Sheffield, S1 2JG
0114 279 5577
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Italian chain restaurant serving risotto, pasta and wood-fired pizzas, plus fish and seafood dishes

6 Leopold Square, Leopold Street, Sheffield, S1 2JG
0114 279 5948
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Zizzi Italian Restaurant
Italian chain with open pizza oven, comfy seating a an alfresco dining area. Serves authentic Italian dishes from pizza, pasta and risotto to salads and indulgent desserts.

8 Leopold Square, Leopold Street, Sheffield, S1 2JG
0114 2787718
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Wagamama celebrates the best of fresh and delicious modern oriental food. A fast-paced dining experience, Wagamama offers Japanese-inspired cuisine consisting of noodle, rice and vegetable dishes, alongside curries, fresh salads and shareable sides as well as desserts.

2 Leopold Square, Leopold Street, Sheffield, S1 2JG
0114 272 3615
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The Botanist
Food inspired by the deli, rotisserie and BBQ, live music each night and offering a selection of botanical cocktails, craft beers and ales, Champagne and wine. A quirky concept with drinks in plant pots, and food presented on wooden crates!

5 Leopold Street, Sheffield, S1 2JG
0114 273 7855
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Cubanas Tapas bar
Spanish-style tapas and Latin dishes in an authentic Cuban surroundings, unique Cuban ambience & welcoming Latino vibe at one of Sheffield’s best restaurants.

Unit 4, Leopold Street, Sheffield, S1 2JG
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Bars and Pub Guide

City centre pubs and bars are just a short walk from the recommended hotels and the city campus. To help you choose where to drink we’ve compiled a list of pubs and bars close by.  There are many bars located along two main city centre streets, Division Street and West Street, which run parallel to each other. Even closer to the city campus you have many bars/pubs to choose from.

For those who want to venture just out of the city centre, to visit some traditional real ale pubs – head down to Kelham Island, in what was once the heart of Sheffield’s steel industry.  For a map and info on the pubs at Kelham Island, please click here.

City Campus, Peace Garden and Leopold Square Area

Rutland Arms
Real ale, craft beer, cider, and perry is pretty much the stock-in-trade of the Rutland Arms, alongside tasty pub grub.

86 Brown Street, Sheffield, S1 2BS
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Red Lion

The Red Lion has a big bar and a comfortable atmosphere. Its themed conservatory is a real eye opener!

109 Charles Street, Sheffield, S1 2ND

The Graduate
Popular with students, this chain pub offers drink and meal deals, plus TV sport and a pool table.

Surrey Street, Sheffield, S1 2LH
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The Head of Steam
Quirky pub/bar, serving cask ale and craft beers with a good selection of gins and cocktails. Large bar in the centre of the room. Also serves meat/boards form the BBQ smokehouse.

103-107 Norfolk St, Sheffield S1 2JE
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Bamboo Door
Sheffield’s first tiki cocktail bar

Leopold Square, Sheffield S1 2JG
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Division Street and Devonshire Green Area

Bungalows and Bears
Airy, modern pub in former fire station, for cask ales and cocktails

50 Division Street, Sheffield, S1 4GF
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The Great Gatsby
It’s a night time snug with a truly vast liquor range and bar for cocktails.

73-75 Division St, Sheffield, S1 4GE
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No-nonsense chain bar specialising in the Scottish brewery’s craft beers, with regular guest brews.

108-110 Devonshire Street, Sheffield S3 7SF
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Laid back bar which offers 6 hand pulled ales and 12 draught taps including many a continental beer, serves an array of cocktails too but in particular are masters of gin.

113-117 Devonshire Street, Sheffield S3 7SB
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2-storey real ale pub with exposed brick and wood floor and regular live acoustic and cover bands.

Unit 14, West One Plaza, Fitzwilliam Street, Sheffield S1 4JB
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The Forum
Spacious open bar which spills out on to Devonshire green to enjoy drinks outside in the sunshine

129 Devonshire Street, Sheffield S3 7SB
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The Devonshire Cat
Laid-back pub with wood-panelling, chalkboard menus, eclectic food plus draught and bottled beers.

49 Wellington Street, Sheffield S1 4HG
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West Street Area

The Wick at Both Ends
A wide spectrum of cleverly crafted drinks, international craft beer menu and extensive cocktail list.

149-151 West Street, Sheffield S1 4EW
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Revolución de Cuba
Cuban rum and cocktail bar in the heart of Sheffield. Happy hour every day from 5-7pm

1 Mappin Street, Sheffield S1 4DT
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