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My adopted home.
Sheffield in General
Member Name: Kittenpeach
Sheffield in General
Advantages: A great city, with some find restaurants and galleries.
Disadvantages: Not many!
I am originally from Cheshire, but I've actually been living in Sheffield for the past year (I was very familiar with the city even before I moved here) and it's actually a pretty interesting place to live.
I practically live in the city centre, so it's really only a short walk to get to the high street, so I suppose I will be basing most of this review around the actual city centre, rather than the outlying areas.
I think Sheffield is a fantastic little shopping destination, the city centre might not be as big as Manchester, but we still have a great range of high street and boutique shops in the city. I really like the fact that the city if fairly compact, as everything you could possibly want is in walking distance, and the city is quite easy to navigate. Sheffield has all the shops you would expect situated around Fargate, such as Topshop, Marks and Spencer, River Island, H&M, New Look, the list goes on really! There are also some independent, alternative shops in The Forum which is on Devonshire Street, and I would really recommend having a little look in there if you are after something different and original.
If you are willing to go on a little 15 minute tram ride, you can get to one of the main shopping destinations in Sheffield, which is Meadowhall mall/shopping centre. This is quite similar to the Trafford Centre, and features loads of highstreet shops, as well as a cinema and food court. It does get incredibly busy on weekends though, which is why it has earned it's nickname of 'Meadowhell' - still worth a good look around!
Sheffield has a surprising array of cultural events all year around. We also have a number of art galleries in the city centre, most notably the Millennium Galleries, which you can reach via the Winter Gardens. It's a lovely little gallery, and it's all completely free. They have various exhibits on throughout the year, recently they have had an exhibition by Sheffield based graffiti artist Kid Acne, which I found to be really fascinating. They also have a great shop which stocks various art books and cards, plus a cafe on the lower ground floor. Sheffield also plays host to the Graves Gallery which has a permanent collection of artworks, and as it's also free, it's definitely worth a look. If you would like to find out more about Sheffield's galleries, then here is the link to their website - http://www.museums-sheffield.org.uk.
Sheffield is currently hosting the World Snooker Championships at The Crucible theatre, so if you are an enthusiast it might be worth coming into town for that alone! You can actually see some of the players in the Winter Gardens, today I managed to spy Steve Davies being interviewed for a tv show.
As I mentioned above, Sheffield as two main theatre venues - The Crucible, and The Lyceum which are handily situated right next to each other in Tudor Square. Both venues are super easy to find, and there are always a lot of interesting productions running. Please feel free to have a look at their website - http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/.
There is such an incredible variety of restaurants and cafes in Sheffield that it's hard to know where to start. In the centre of town you can find lots of popular chain restaurants such as All Bar One, Prezzo, Cafe Rouge, and Wetherspoons. I would recommend having a look in Leopold Square, which is filled with good eateries, you will be able to find everything from Japanese, to Italian and Indian, so it's a good little destination. There are also some super deli's available in the city centre, my personal recommendation would be Feast which is located on Chapel Walk, they stock lots of freshly made sandwiches, which are always of a high standard. They certainly have some pretty unusual choices - such as the onion bhaji sandwich, I don't think I've seen that anywhere else!
It's very easy to get to Sheffield via bus or train, and there is even a free city centre bus called FreeBee. The train station is just a 5 minute walk from the city centre, and there are plenty of signs to help guide you. There is also the tram service that links Sheffield to some of the outlying towns such as Hillsborough.
I would recommend getting a day rider ticket from the tram so you can have a really good look around, and maybe even have a trip to Meadowhall, or the other shopping centre Crystal Peaks. They are very frequent, so you won't be waiting long at all, and there are plenty of stops dotted along the high street.
All in all, I think Sheffield is a lovely city to visit, it always looks clean and tidy, and there is plenty to see and do. Another great thing is the City Centre Ambassadors you will see walking around the city, so if you do find yourself needing some help or information, you won't have to struggle for long.
Summary: A lovely small city to visit, I doubt you will get lost here!
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