The Truth About Sheffield:
- It is one of Europe's greenest cities.
- It produces more steel today than ever before
- It's a hot house for metalworking craftspeople and artists
- It has two important universities
So How Green Is It?:
Sheffield, Silver and Steel:
Fewer people work in steel manufacture today and real Sheffield plate is no longer made. But the city remains a center for specialist steel products, cutlery and art silver. And, thanks to automation, more steel is made than ever in its history.
Why Visit Sheffield:
- Make Sheffield the southern anchor for a Yorkshire itinerary
- Explore the city's industrial landmarks and history
- Commission something fabulous in silver from an artist at Persistence Works
- Tune in to the Sheffield music scene
Five Cool Things to Do:
- Visit the Millennium Gallery, making time for the Ruskin Collection and the Metalwork Gallery
- See the history of steelmaking, Sheffield's Little Mesters and other industrial landmarks on Kelham Island.
- See a football game (and don't call it soccer while you're in the UK).Sheffield has two professional teams - Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday and a season that runs from late August to April or early May.
- Glimpse 16th century Sheffield at Bishop's House
- See the Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, an 18th century water-powered works, site of the world's only intact crucible steel furnace.
How to Get to Sheffield:
Find a Place to Stay in SheffieldRead a review of the Hotel Mercure in the city center.
Check out other Sheffield hotels and compare prices.
Where to Dine in SheffieldRead a review of The Wig and Pen.
Check out other recommended restaurants in or near Sheffield.
Good Sheffield Pubs:
- The Fat Cat at 23 Alma Street is a micro-brewery, featuring 11 different real ales. Handy for the Kelham Island Museum, stop off for their own Kelham Island Bitter and a good selection of cheap food.
- The Old Queens Head on Pond Street is a must just for the atmosphere. This is the oldest domestic building in Sheffield, a gorgeous little half-timbered house, dating, according to some sources, from 1472.
Books About Sheffield
- Sheffield: Pevsner Architectural Guides
- Sheffield Steel and America: A Century of Commercial and Technological Interdependence 1830-1930
- Mesters to Masters: A History of the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire
- Bradbury's Book of Hallmarks 1544-2001: Old Sheffield Plate Makers' Marks
- Chats on Old Sheffield Plate
- The Silver and Sheffield Plate Collector