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Celebrating art, design and craft the Millennium gallery is close to Sheffield station near the PeaceGardens. There is a particular emphasis on the city’s cultural heritage - often focusing on two materials synonymous with Sheffield: steel and silver. Though a sizeable place, the Millennium Gallery is easily missed so be sure to put it on your list of things to do.
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Step off trains to Sheffield and you’re already on the doorstep of one of the city’s best places to meet friends and grab a drink. The Sheffield Tap is in the old refreshment and dining rooms of the station and serves up an array of craft beer and real ales. As well as local favourites, brews from around the world are served up in bottles or from cask and keg. There’s even an onsite microbrewery to ensure the bar never runs dry.
It’s almost impossible to pick out favourites from Sheffield’s many cafes and restaurants, but a great venue for almost every visitor is The Milestone. Serving unpretentious, locally-sourced foods - they even breed their own pigs - The Milestone is one of the city’s top attractions and something of a local favourite. The excellent Sunday brunch menu is a perfect pick-me-up after a night in Sheffield’s buzzing city centre.
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Well-served by local transport, EndcliffePark is an expansive and beautifully-kept hideaway from the bustle of the city. Complete with lake, water features, romantic bridges and a children’s playground this is a lovely space where visitors can unwind. There’s a quaint cafe too and festivals on the rolling greens in the more temperate months.
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Close to the centre of Sheffield you’ll find the iconic Winter Garden, a tropical paradise housed in glass and one of the best things to do in Sheffield for nature-lovers. It’s free to enter and filled with exotic plants all kept pleasantly warm, making this a great place to be when the days turn cooler. The locals are justly proud of this tranquil retreat that also features a giant poem by Roger McGough in which he affectionately twins Sheffield with Mars.
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The Peak District
In Sheffield you are but a stones throw from beautiful rolling hills and craggy highlands. Get your walking boots on and your map out and explore.
Sheffield Botanical Garden
It will take you hours to explore Robert Marnock's gardens so take a picnic and escape from the hustle and bustle for a while.
The Climbing Works
Sheffield is the hub of the UK climbing scene and has a number of climbing walls including The Climbing Works which is the UK's largest bouldering wall.
Magna Science and Adventure Centre
There is so much adventure to be had at Magna in Sheffield that you will definitely exhaust the little imps, and if you're not careful the same goes for the grown ups!
Heeley City Farm
Say hello to Exmoor ponies, big black pigs and friendly goats. Browse for local crafts in the quaint gift shop and tuck into a belly filling meal in the farm café.