Last week I shared with you my amazing stay at the Mercure Sheffield St Paul’s. This week’s post is going to be all about what we got up to when we started exploring Sheffield.
I semi cheated with this trip. I know Sheffield very well already and spoiler alert after Manchester it’s my favourite northern city. There’s quirky pubs, a great foodie scene and the city is expanding rapidly. Something I don’t touch on in this post is Kelham Island. But if you’re in Sheffield, looking for beer and fab food, take the walk to Kelham Island. It will not disappoint.
Our walk started at the town hall, which was conveniently right by our hotel. As with any town hall it was a very opulent building and very pretty. We were spoilt with some incredible blue skies during the day too! By the town hall we noticed the Sheffield Legends Stars. Being huge GoT fans, Dr C and I had to get a pic at Sean Bean’s star!
We carried on our walk through the city to Sheffield cathedral. This cathedral looks fairly “normal” for a cathedral on the outside but on this inside there’s a few surprises. The cathedral is split into three parts, having been extended to fit more people in over the years! The extensions include this more modern section, which reminds me of the Liverpool cathedral. The roof is incredible when you look up at it! I also enjoyed scaring Dr C with the gargoyles (she’d just recently watched that episode of Dr Who with the living statues – Blink).
Our walk exploring Sheffield continued. We headed up to Division Street, a more modern and hipster area of the city. Division Street is a great place for quirky shops, quirky food and graffiti. If you’re looking for somewhere to eat in the city/on Division Street I would highly recommend The Common Room, the Nacho Fries are incredible!
Next up we started walking back to the hotel for afternoon tea. We walked past this statue commemorating the women that took over Steel manufacturing in the city during both world wars. With Dr W’s background in mechanical engineering and metallurgy, studying at the University of Sheffield I always knew Sheffield was famous for Steel. But had no idea that women shaped the industry during the war and this helped shape the industry for the future. Amazing!
Our last stop on our Sheffield wander was the Sheffield Winter Gardens. An indoor jungle, perfect for escaping the city. Although on a busy Saturday it’s full of lots of people getting wedding photos taken, so I would probably look to visiting on other days of the week! It was lovely all the same and there were some beautiful plants out.
This is just a set of highlights from our day exploring Sheffield. I highly recommend you head to the city and wander about yourself. Walking is always the best way to discover a new place! Have you been to Sheffield before? What did you enjoy? Or do you plan to check Sheffield out in the future? Let me know in the comments,
P.S. Check out my post on where we stayed in Sheffield.