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“Simply a great place to be.”
All the features of a big city, but with a more manageable and rural feel – that’s Sheffield. Its fame comes from steel manufacture, of course. But since the turn of the Millennium the city’s seen extensive redevelopment, and its economy has experienced steady growth beyond that of the South Yorkshire and Humberside region in general.
Its population is now around 525,000 – yet while it’s essentially urban, 61% of the city is classed as greenspace, the iconic Winter Garden, Peace Gardens and Botanical Gardens forming an unrivalled collection of public spaces.
Arts and entertainment
Sheffield’s two theatres, the Lyceum and Crucible, along with the smaller Studio make up the largest theatre complex outside London, while its four major art galleries include the Millennium Gallery, famous for its large blockbuster exhibitions.
The city’s large student population has given rise to excellent clubs offering a range of dance music and superstar DJs, as well as live music venues that include the Leadmill and Carling Academy. The Sheffield Arena hosts top international stars,too.
Shops and sports
As a major retail centre, Sheffield is home to many high street names and designer outlets, and the main shopping areas are The Moor Precinct, Fargate/Orchard Square and the Devonshire Quarter. Alongside its vibrant nightlife, Sheffield has an exceptional variety of pubs, bars and restaurants, too.
The city is also a sporting centre par excellence. Its long heritage stretches back to the formation of the world’s first official football club, Sheffield FC, in 1857; the city now has two teams, United and Wednesday, both looking to return to top flight football. There are close ties with snooker, the World Championship’s annual venue being the Crucible Theatre. A legacy of 1991’s World Student Games, Sheffield also has outstanding sporting facilities, including the UK’s largest athletics stadium at Don Valley, the Sheffield Arena and the Ponds Forge diving and swimming complex. Snow enthusiasts will also find Europe’s largest artificial facilities at Sheffield Ski Village.
Sheffield has an excellent public transport network, with a state-of-the-art tram network and rail links across the city and beyond. London is under two and a half hours by train, while the M1 and M18 motorways link the city to the motorway network.
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