EMR loves Sheffield

Thursday, 21 April 2022

The best places in Sheffield, according to those who live there.

There’s no denying that there are tons of places to visit across the EMR network. To celebrate the diverse and interesting places along our route, we turned to the people that know these places best - our customers. After polling over 1,000 of you, we managed to decipher some of the best things to do, places to see and foods to eat, based on your recommendations alone.

The city that brought us Jarvis Cocker, the Arctic Monkeys and Sean Bean, was commonly cited by our respondents as a vibrant and diverse city, and it's easy to see why. The Steel City, as it’s affectionately known thanks to its long steelmaking history, is a city which surprises and delights.

EMR loves Sheffield


Q. Describe this city in three words

A. Friendly, Green, Welcoming

If you’re visiting the city to get an adrenaline fix, the Foundry Climbing Centre and BattleAxe Urban Axe Throwing have both been cited as great places to visit. If a quieter and slower pace is what you’re after, the Peace Gardens have been recommended as a sanctuary right in the middle of town.

Sheffield is another city with a rich industrial past, and there are a number of places to visit to learn more about the city’s roots. Kelham Island Museum is located in one of the city’s oldest industrial districts, and stands on a man-made island which is over 900 years old. It tells the industrial story of Sheffield, and houses interactive galleries which exhibit what it was like to live and work in Sheffield during the Industrial Revolution.

Kelham Island Museum

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In terms of hidden gems in the city, Sharrow Vale Road was consistently mentioned for its small independent shops and breweries, whereas Dyson Place just around the corner was cited for its cool vibe and as a place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

If you’re visiting the city in July, Tramlines Festival is a must-attend event, and the snooker at The Crucible is a worldwide tournament which draws a crowd from all four corners of the globe. During the festive season, the Christmas Markets are a great place to meet friends for a drink and a bite to eat, and during the month of November, Illuminate the Gardens is a great event for the whole family.

Speaking of little’uns, there’s plenty to keep them entertained in the city year-round. Magna, just outside of the city centre, was the most highly recommended place to visit. The Magna Science Adventure Centre is a hands-on experience packed with interactive exhibits. Explore the wonders of science and technology in their four pavilions – Air, Earth, Fire and Water.

National Videogame Museum

In the centre of the city, the National Videogame Museum lets you explore how videogames are made, who makes them, and even why they are made; or take the kids to see all of the animals at the farm, with a trip to Graves Animal Park .

Rainy day idea: Head to the Weston Park Museum to learn about the history of Sheffield, hide away in one of Ecclesall Road’s many coffee shops, or enjoy some nosh at the Cutlery Works after a gander around the Kelham Island Museum.

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