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List the acts to have played Sheffield’s iconic Leadmill venue and you might just have the greatest mixtape in history. Sheffield’s own Pulp, plus Muse, The Stone Roses, Paul Weller, The La’s, The Pogues, The Housemartins, Oasis…. It’s not just about tunes though, with comedy and a host of other performances regularly on offer.
This famous venue hosts the World Snooker Championship every year, but there are more cues on show than the snooker variety here. The Crucible is also a major theatre that hosts an eclectic mix from Shakespeare to Monty Python. You can also meet the makers of popular TV shows in an intimate venue where the audience sits close-in on three sides of the stage.
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With several smaller venues to choose from you are spoiled for choice when it comes to evening entertainment in Sheffield. Want to go XXL? Head to the massive Motorpoint Arena for genuine stadium acts. 2015 turns have included Top Gear tearaways Clarkson, Hammond and May as well as Take That, Michael McIntyre, Dynamo and One Direction, - making it one of the city’s top attractions.
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If the Crucible is Sheffield’s young rebel, the Lyceum Theatre is the city’s wise old head. Topped by a statue of Mercury, this ornate Edwardian venue is a particular favourite with families and traditionalists – as it offers plenty of things to do with pantos, children’s shows and classic musicals aplenty. That’s not to say the Lyceum doesn’t have a rebellious streak - the likes of alternative comedian Stewart Lee have also gigged here.
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There are shops, there are shopping parades, there are malls and then there’s Meadowhall - in terms of shopping one of the top attractions in the city. Trains to Sheffield bring visitors from far and wide to this sprawling retail mecca includes department stores and high-street boutiques and is a great place to pick up treats and gifts. With a long list of eateries and a multiplex cinema it’s also an excellent destination for some chilled-out downtime if you need to recharge your batteries after some retail therapy.
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Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul
Is as old as the hills, and you can feel it oozing from the walls when you stand inside. Some of the stained glass is modern, but it doesn't detract from the air of age.
The ornate Victorian town hall in Sheffield is architecturally impressive. Take one of the free guided tours to get access all areas, including the very elegant Lord Mayor's parlour.
Houses many and varied exhibits from Victorian metalwork to contemporary art. The highlight is the Metalwork Gallery which sparkles with silverware and tools portraying the craftsmanship for which Sheffield is world famous.
Graves Art Gallery
Heavyweight names like Cezanne, Gaugin, Miro and Picasso alongside temporary exhibitions, all displayed in recently restored 1930s splendour.
Once a stately home, now rather dilapidated; but the room in which the infamous Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned for 14 years is still intact. Today you can explore the site and follow the trails and see the full story in the Discovery Centre.Buy tickets