Diverting but not essential Yorkshire city Feb 09, 2014
I lived in Sheffield for a year, as a student, so it's a place close to my heart. For the traveler, though, there's not an awful lot to recommend it - the nearby Peak District and York are two places in the region that come more highly recommended - but should you find yourself in the 'Steel City' there are some places worth visiting.
You can banish any 'Full Monty' preconceptions, as the city centre has been vastly redeveloped in recent years, and is an attractive, vibrant place, with the Cathedral and City Hall being two particularly attractive buildings. Also of note is the indoor, glass structure that is the Winter Gardens, the nearby Peace Gardens and, for art lovers, the Millenium Gallery. All these are clustered close together, and the famous Crucible Theatre, venue of the World Snooker Championships, is a also a stones throw away.
Away from the city centre, Sheffield has Kelham Island Brewery, producer of some of the UK's finest 'real ales', the Meadowhall Shopping Centre, and, for football fans, two football grounds in the form of Sheffield United's Bramall Lane and Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough. The latter is the scene of the infamous tragedy of 1989, when 96 Liverpool fans lost their lives in a FA cup match against Nottingham Forest. A monument to the disaster stands close to the stadium.
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