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A day out in Sheffield when the parents come to visit

You’re probably all settled into Sheffield now, but where do you take the parents when they want to see where you live and come to visit you for the weekend?

I’ve put together a full day itinerary which shows off some of the best bits of Sheffield.


9am – Breakfast at Lucky Fox

Start your day off right with a hearty breakfast. My favourite is the delicious French toast or fruit and waffles. Wonderfully sweet and filling with really tasty cinnamon waffles. Lucky Fox is such a cute place it’s small but so worth it and really central, perfect for a day in the city.


10:30am – Winter Garden & Millennium Galleries

The Winter Gardens is one of the largest temperate glasshouses in the UK filled with over 2,5000 plants from around the world creating a beautiful display and a relaxing green space right in the heart of the city. Connected to the Winter gardens is the Millennium Galleries, Sheffield’s premier destination for art, craft and design including unique metalwork and Ruskin collections.


12pm – Meadowhall

Meadowhall is the city’s a leading shopping and leisure destination and is definitely worth a visit. It’s the largest shopping centre in Yorkshire and the 11th largest in the UK with over 280 stores, a cinema and a dining quarter covering fast food options and restaurants to suit every taste.


4pm – Botanical Gardens

Catch a bus back towards Ecclesall Road and take a walk through the Botanical Gardens (main picture). It’s free to visit and covers 77,000 square metres, featuring beautiful grade II listed glass pavilions, a gorgeous water fountain, bear pit and so much more. It’s a beautiful place to walk and experience the natural side of Sheffield.


7pm – Lane7 Bowling Alley

A brand new bowling alley opened in Sheffield late 2019 and it’s the perfect spot for a little family time. It’s a really quirky space with an industrial feel and bare brick walls perfectly in keeping with the culture of Sheffield. Retro games, pool tables and ten pin bowling will keep you entertained. The food on offer from Fat Hippo will leave your mouth watering too.

And there you have it, an action-packed day in Sheffield to show ‘the rents’ all the fun things in your new home city.

Written by Sheffield-based blogger and writer, Alice in Sheffield