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Sheffield in General
Member Name: sugar78
Sheffield in General
Advantages: Lots of attractions, and great shopping
Disadvantages: Does not look its best at moment due to re-development
Sheffield is the place where i was born and have lived here all my life. I am a Yorkshire lass, born and bred (and i have had a few comments about my accent!!!! Apparently i have a broad Yorkshire accent!).
Over the years Sheffield has had its ups and downs, just as much as any other city, but with the re-development of the town centre it has maybe put a lot of people off from coming to Sheffield and still enjoy what is on offer.
Sheffield has fabulous transport links via the motorway and public transport. It has a brilliant bus service that links up with various other towns, villages and cities in South Yorkshire and the services are fairly regular.
The town centre has had quite a lot of re-development, and as mentioned, is still undergoing this at the moment. The re-development started a good few years back near Fargate, which is one of the main shopping areas in the town centre. For those of you who know, and remember, the 'hole in the road' was the start of the major re-development, i would say. The 'hole in the road' was a walkway for pedestrians under the main thouroughfare of the town centre. It was called 'the hole in the road' due to the fact that it wasn't covered in. There was a fish tank placed in the wall, and became quite a famous meeting spot for me and my friends! (I miss that!!).
The Peace Gardens has also had a facelift and is a good place to sit down and watch the world go by! The Peace Gardens is situated at the side of the Town Hall on Fargate.
Nowadays, the town centre is under going a complete re-haul. Shops and buildings on The Moor have nearly all been demolished and the plan is to build an undercover market along with shops. I am hoping that this will continue, as work has been halted due to finances. The Moor is just a short walk from the High Street.
When you visit Sheffield you may notice that people tend to seperate the town centre. There are the markets (known as fish market, but does include other stalls!), Fitzalens Square (just up from the markets and Ponds Forge), High Street, Fargate, top of The Moor and bottom of The Moor. If you start from the markets you can follow the list above in sequence!
You have a variety of shops throughout the town centre and i beg people to tell me when they have not found what they may have been looking for!!! The big department stores are there i.e. TJ Hughes, Debenhams, Atkinsons etc.
Of course, you can also visit Meadowhall, situated on the outskirts of Sheffield. Personally, i am not a fan of Meadowhall. I prefer the town centre, but not everyone is the same!
There is some amazing architecture within the town centre. I do think that sometimes this can be overlooked by people, whether you live in Sheffield, or are just visiting.
Sheffield has lots of places to visit and has numerous museums and places of interest. The Cathedral on the High Street is a lovely place to visit, and while you are walking on the pavement outside, look under your feet, as you are actually walking on the graves of some of the dearly departed of Sheffield! You will see inscriptions on some of the pavement slabs.
There are various museums to visit, but one of my favourites has to be Weston Park museum, which is just outside the town centre. Take the number 52 bus to the childrens hospital, and the museum is opposite. It has recently has a re-furb of the building and grounds and is superb. The cafe is also a lovely place to relax. I regular meet up with friends there for a coffee and chat!
You can access all of the attractions and places of interest really easily using public transport, either bus or tram.
Sheffield has some lovely parks that you can visit, and in the summer time there may be events running at the parks. Endcliffe park and Graves park are 2 of the most popular.
Sheffield is built on 7 hills, so if you have not visited before, you may have to walk up some hills to get where you're going! If you are stopping in the town centre, then you will be perfectly safe!!
An added bonus of Sheffield is the fact that it is situated next to some of the most beautiful and amazing countryside. You can visit Chatsworth House, Bakewell village, Conisborough Castle and other places really easily from the town centre. Public transport is available to go to various places outside Sheffield and is usually every hour or more regular.
Sheffield has always been famous for steel and the steelworks that were situated at Attercliffe. Attercliffe is the main area for foundrys, units and other firms. I only live up the road from Attercliffe, just off Peter Street for any of you who know, and can always remember the siren going off for lunchtime at the steelworks and other firms. All the workmen used to come to my local corner shop, and most of them bought dripping sandwiches! Since the steelworks disappeared and other firms closed, i saw a decline in Sheffield generally, but now things have picked up and can only get better!
There are lots of attractions in Sheffield, some brilliant hotels to stay at and lots to do. Don't be put off by the re-development. I would say to any of you to come and visit Sheffield as i know you will enjoy it. Of course, i am biased, so come and try it for yourself!!
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