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Four experiences for your Sheffield bucket list

Sheffield is a beautiful city steeped in history. It’s transformed itself from an industrial powerhouse to a leader in the arts and culture scene. It’s one of the greenest cities in Europe and in my (maybe biased) opinion there is no place greater.

If you’re new to the city there’s tons of places for you to explore but here are five must not miss experiences to truly understand the history and what makes Sheffield great.

Football Fever

Sheffield is a proud footballing city with all levels of football on offer for you to take in. Visit Sheffield FC who are the world’s oldest football team formed in 1857 in a non-league game. It’s a world away from the bright lights of the Premier League where Sheffield United play at the oldest professional ground of Bramall Lane.

There’s also Championship football on offer at Hillsborough with Sheffield Wednesday and tons of amateur teams and 5-a-side leagues if playing is more your thing. The official rules of football are also steeped in Sheffield history, so I’d definitely grab a pie and experience the atmosphere.


Music culture is huge in Sheffield, the city brought the world music from Pulp, Human League and more recently Arctic Monkeys. There are lots of live band nights for you to experience in Sheffield but you absolutely cannot miss Tramlines.

The festival is held every year in Hillsborough Park and many venues in the city centre hold fringe events with local bands, so it’s a brilliant way to find a new sound. While it probably won’t give Glastonbury a run for its money just yet, it’s a staple in Sheffield that you must visit.

Explore the Peak District

We’re incredibly fortunate in Sheffield that a 10-minute drive and you’re surrounded by the beautiful countryside of the Peak District (main picture). We genuinely have the best of both worlds. I’ve lived here all my life and we still find new places in the Peak District to go and explore. A few of my recommendations would be Longshaw Estate, Chatsworth House and Surprise View but I think a lot of the fun of the Peaks is just heading out and exploring finding somewhere beautiful just for you.

See a play at the Lyceum

The Lyceum has so much history, as there’s been a theatre on site since 1879 and it’s the only surviving theatre outside of London designed by WGR Sprague. It’s had its ups and downs, but in 1985 it was bought and restored to its former glory, reclassified with a Grade II listed status and now hosts touring West End shows. The building is traditional and is a perfect place for a show outside of the bright lights of London.

For more great days out ideas, don’t forget to check out monthly events on Explore Sheffield too!

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