One Day In Sheffield ...
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One day in Sheffield…
Sheffield is a buzzing and vibrant hub which has grown from strong industrial roots into a key economic and cultural centre in the North of England. For visitors, it provides a wealth of shopping areas, diverse restaurants and fascinating attractions, not least the Sheffield Industrial Museums.
With so much to see and do, it’s hard to decide where to focus your attentions first, so if your visit is limited to a day, a plan of action is a must! To help you make the most of your short time in Sheffield, our friends at holidaycottages.co.uk have come up with an itinerary for a day trip to this remarkable city.
Please note: Check museum opening times before your trip.
We’ll presume that if you’re paying a flying visit to Sheffield, you’re probably staying outside the city, so make sure you get an early start to fit everything in. A hearty breakfast to power you through is essential, so head for the city centre to Cavell’s Café Bar on the high street. Another good choice is Lynne’s Pantry on Surrey Street, but news of its delicious breakfasts has spread, so keep your fingers crossed for a table!
10.00 Kelham Island Museum
From Cavell’s, it’s a 15 minute walk to Kelham Island Museum which opens at 10am Monday to Thursday and 11am on Sundays. Be transported back to the Industrial Revolution for a couple of hours through interactive galleries and follow the growth of steelmaking through the Victorian era and two world wars. Even the 900-year-old island on which the museum stands is a piece of history!
Around Kelham Island Museum there are a great number of eateries to choose from. The recently opened artisan pizzeria Craft & Dough will satisfy your Italian urges, or if you fancy a tipple of the local beer, enjoy a meal and a pint at the Fat Cat which has beer on tap from Kelham Island Brewery.
13.30 Explore the city
Wander back to the city centre where you can enjoy a spot of shopping or continue your cultural adventure with a visit to Millennium Galleries (part of the Sheffield Museums Trust) on Surrey Street. Here you can see exhibitions showcasing some of Sheffield’s fascinating heritage and metalwork.
14.30 Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet
Hop in the car and drive to Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet where you can step back into the 18th century and experience life at what was once the largest water-powered industrial site on the River Sheaf. Watch the machinery restoration in action and gain an insight into Sheffield’s steel industry. Explore the hamlet and find out how scythes and tools were made, from furnace to field.
16.00 Find your own piece of history
If you’ve still got the energy to explore further, take a short drive down the road to Sheffield Antiques Quarter where you’ll find lots of independent shops and antique centres to pick up your own piece of history as a memento of your trip.
19.00 - Dinner
When you’ve spent all day in Sheffield, it would be a shame to leave before trying out the one of the many fabulous restaurants. In fact, there are so many to choose from that whittling it down to a few suggestions is hard work indeed! If you’re a fan of Spanish food, El Toro Tapas Bar in Broomhill will have your taste buds tingling with delicious Mediterranean flavours. Or try one of Sheffield’s Michelin-starred restaurants, such as The Old Vicarage or Fischer’s Baslow Hall, for a true fine-dining experience on the outskirts of the city.
22.00 – Bedtime
After such an action-packed day, head back to your accommodation for a well-earned rest!
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