From industrial powerhouse to cultural hub, and one of Europe’s greenest cities, Sheffield is a place that knows how to reinvent itself.

Minutes from the sprawling serenity of the Peak District, it offers a truly unique meeting of rural rusticness and urban sophistication that’s hard to find elsewhere. Staying with us at Best Western Sheffield City Centre Cutlers Hotel but not sure where to start your adventure? Let’s get you up-to-speed on the best things to see and do in Sheffield…

The Great Outdoors

Open your eyes… at The Botanical Gardens 
(2.4 miles away, S10 2LN) Free

Close to the swanky shops, restaurants and bars of Ecclesall Road, visitors have come since 1836 to admire its sweeping lawns, magnificent trees and kaleidoscopic beds. The Grade II Glass Pavilions house a whistle-stop tour of plants from around the globe, while the Bear Pit remains a children’s favourite.

Meet the Alpacas… at Mayfield Alpacas Animal Farm 
(5.8 miles, S10 4LH) £4.50/2.50
A fantastic family day out, get up close and personal with a wide array of animals from alpacas and reindeers to meerkats, exotic birds and much more. A sure-fire hit with the kids, there’s opportunities galore for learning while its 45-acre site also boasts a great value coffee shop.

Challenge yourself… with Will4Adventure
(1.5 miles, S10 1ET) Free walking tours available

Head into the Peaks on a guided adventure, with everything from free walking weekends, hill and mountain skills courses for all abilities, rock climbing, scrambling, heights training or team-building activity days. Kickstart your love affair with the Peaks, with the people that know it best.

Set yourself free… at Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre 
(15 miles, S25 4EQ) £44.40 Family Pass

With areas including Lemur Heights, Dinosaur Trail, Otter Springs and the Splash and Play Zone – it’s little wonder this scenic attraction is among Sheffield’s most popular. Little ones will love the giant tortoises and mischievous meerkats, while not-so-little-ones will be looking for the next excuse to bring them back.

Shop Till You Drop

Sample the secret delights of… Peddler Night Market 
(1 mile, S3 8BX)

Fancy something a little bit different? Since 2014 Peddler has been the talk of Sheffield, serenading the city on the first weekend evenings of each month with its fresh selection of street food traders, artists, makers, musicians and DJs. If you love craft beer, cocktails, original food and good times – it’s for you.

Keep it under one roof… at Meadowhall Shopping Centre 
(3.5 miles, S9 1EP)

Proudly serving South Yorkshire (and beyond) for three decades, the award-winning Meadowhall is one of the country’s most extensive shopping centres; housing everything from high street favourites to designer brands, an 11-screen cinema and eclectic food court. It’s even got its own train station.

Meadowhall Shopping Centre

Forged in History

Get hands on… at Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet
(4.3 miles, S7 2QW) £5/4

A unique glimpse into life at home at a time when Sheffield was the centre of the world. Walk through workmen’s cottages, watch as demonstrations take you through the sword-making process, and be mesmerised by working waterwheels and the last surviving crucible steel furnace in the UK.

Gaze in awe… at Sheffield Cathedral 
(0.3 miles, S1 1HA) Free
The ancient heart of a historic city, the Cathedral is Sheffield’s oldest building, watching it grow and prosper over the centuries. Book a special visit or simply call in to marvel at its beautiful stained glass, exquisitely-carved woodwork and stunning lantern tower.

Indulge in the grandeur… at The Cutlers’ Hall 
(0.2 miles, S1 1HG) Free

A stone’s throw from our hotel, come and discover a truly incredible building in the heart of the city centre. Grand staircases, elaborate halls, ornate décor and countless exhibits – including doors and lights belonging to the Titanic’s sister ship – this is a hidden treasure.

Expand your Mind

Take a time out… at Millennium Gallery & Winter Garden
(0.2 miles away, S1 2PP) Free

Just moments from our city centre base lives Sheffield’s premier destination for art, craft and design. The adjoining Winter Garden and its iconic glasshouse arches offer an oasis of calm in the hubbub of the city, familiar to viewers of the BBC’s World Snooker Championships coverage.
Step back in time… at Kelham Island Museum
(0.7 miles, S3 8RY) £6/5

The go-to place to learn about the Sheffield steel industry in a fun and fascinating way. Standing on a man-made island over 900 years old, its original working machinery and interactive galleries tell the city’s favourite stories of the industrial revolution.

Be blown away… by Magna Science Adventure Centre 
(6 miles, S60 1DX) £10.95/£8.95 Full Day Tickets

Billed as a ‘mind-blowing voyage of discovery’ prepare for a hands-on, feet-in, full-on day out at Magna, where the four pavilions of Earth, Air, Fire and Water are linked by suspended walkways and tunnels. Defy gravity, get drenched and above all, get ready to learn – this is a science adventure like no other.

License to Thrill

Lose yourself… at The Great Escape Game 
(0.2 miles, S1 2EX) From £14pp

Blurring lines between the reality of everyday life and immersive, film-like settings, this live escape room experience is as close to guaranteed fun as you can get. Choose from a series of difficulty levels so your whole party can get involved – just make sure you don’t get left behind

Battle with zombies… at Zombie Infection 
(1.1 miles, S3 9QH) From £72.99pp

Not for the squeamish – decide whether you become the hunter or the hunted on this uniquely-realistic, spine-tingling encounter with zombie soldiers. A truly remarkable experience that will leave you buzzing for days.

Sporting Prowess

Support your team… at Hillsborough or Bramall Lane
(3.6 miles, S6 1SW and 1.3 miles, S2 4SU) Variable

Sheffield has a great footballing legacy (the rules of the beautiful game were devised right here in our hotel didn’t you know…) and whether you’re a Blade or an Owl there are plenty of opportunities to cheer on your team at one of the city’s two stadiums. Just don’t turn up in the wrong colours, there is a slight local rivalry!
Watch the Steelers in action… at The FlyDSA Arena
(2.9 miles, S9 2DF) From £7.50

The city is home to GB’s first ever fully professional ice hockey team the Sheffield Steelers and whether you’re already a fan of the sport or just want to try something different, watching them take to the ice at the House of Steel is an exhilarating experience.

Experience the atmosphere… at the Crucible Theatre 
(0.1 miles, S1 1DA) Variable

A national institution, as the iconic home of the World Snooker Championships, add a cultural twist to your stay by catching a celebrated performance either at the Crucible, its sister venue The Studio, or the resplendent Lyceum.

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