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Sheffield is the 2nd best city break in Europe for 2023, according to TimeOut...

...and the Observer Food Monthly says we are this year's UK foodie hotspot.

That means amazing food, theatre, street art, gigs, bars, clubs and festivals whilst you also hike, climb, bike and run through the greenest city in the UK - with 1/3 of it sitting in the Peak District National Park.

Sound like a good way to spend a few days? Then scroll down for more inspiration.

Eat & drink

With the people who make Sheffield special

Sheffield's scene is bursting with exciting places to go. Independent, intimate, and carefully curated to give you a personal experience rather than feel like you're part of the routine.

That's thanks to the incredible people who have put their heart and soul into what they do, and they are the people you'll meet if you spend a few days eating & drinking your way around Sheffield.

Get to know who they are, and find out for yourself why the Observer Food Monthly thinks we are the UKs foodie hotspot.

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Get outside

This is The Outdoor City, where your thirst for culture co-exists with some incredible nature

Welcome to Sheffield, where urban meets nature like never before. With 61% greenspace, we’re officially the greenest city in the UK and one of the greenest cities in the world.

Explore our streets & parks on foot and discover a city where one-third of the land is part of the stunning Peak District National Park. Sheffield is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, with world-class opportunities for walking, bouldering, climbing, mountain biking, and running.

But don't let our natural beauty fool you. Sheffield is also a hub of culture, cuisine, and nightlife. As the fourth largest city in the country, we offer a diverse and vibrant experience unlike any other. Here, you'll find the best of both worlds, seamlessly blended into one unforgettable destination.

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Two women taking a selfie in front of a statue of a bear that has been decorated by Sheffield artist Tom J Newell. The bear is one of The Bears of Sheffield which was a large public sculpture trail that span the city of Sheffield throughout the summer of 2021.

Weekend break ideas

We've put together 11 recommendations for somewhere to have a drink, some great food, and stay for the night - so that you know however long you stay you've got one night sorted, and can just explore The Outdoor City for yourself for the rest of your time here.

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Look Up!

Look Up is turning the rooftops of some of Sheffield's most iconic buildings into a FREE, augmented reality art gallery.

Simply download the app (available for IOS and Android) and head out to one of four locations in the city centre where you'll find a Look Up portal, Scan the QR code and then wait for the magic to happen.

What will you see? We don't want to ruin the surprise... 


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Explore the city

Kelham Island

Kelham Island was named as one of the world's 51 coolest neighbourhoods in 2022 by Time Out. Once the beating heart of industry, Kelham Island is one of Sheffield’s oldest manufacturing sites, except nowadays these buildings house everything from indie shopping arcades to microbreweries and galleries.

Sheffield City Centre

Sheffield's City Centre is undergoing significant change, but while you may see a few more cranes and building work going on in places, this shouldn't detract from all the amazing places there still are to discover. From attractions such as the Winter Garden, Millennium Gallery and Sheffield Theatres to independent shopping and an array of great places to eat and drink.


Discover what Sheffield is all about when it comes to nightlife, from clubs and venues to late bars and hangout spaces.


Thanks to the Grey to Green project, use of meanwhile spaces, and inventive creations from markets to skateboard areas, Castlegate is seeing a total transformation.


Sheffield's Big Events & Festivals 2023

Planning a getaway? Aside to a whole host of great things to see and do in the city, Sheffield also boasts a vibrant programme of events and festivals all year round.

From big FREE family events to outdoor markets and music festivals. Time your trip and enjoy a little extra on your Sheffield city break experience, see what's coming up in Spring/Summer 2023...

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See & Do

Theatre listings

Sheffield has the second largest theatre complex in the country after London - and we have a number of productions which have gone south to the capital as well as across the pond, such as Everybody's Talking About Jamie, The Life of Pi, and Standing At The Sky's Edge.

Street art

There are a number of street artists who live in Sheffield and make our walls into something beautiful for the city to be proud of. Their variety of styles can be seen here, as well as all over the world - and we have plenty of guest murals painted by artists who have visited Sheffield to create their own mark too.

Museums & Galleries

We have some incredible museums and galleries here, from those that celebrate modern and contemporary art to those that proudly champion the city's heritage. A lot of them are free, and they're all very easy to get to, meaning you can dip in to some culture without it taking up your whole day to do so.

No Bounds

Presenting a special weekend of music, art, technology and dancing in October each year, No Bounds is Sheffield’s most innovative and experimental music festival.


Based at 92 Burton Road, Peddler Market showcases the very best street food from across the UK on the first Friday & Saturday of every month. Expect an ever-changing line up of truly mouth-watering traders, alongside top-notch craft beers, freshly made cocktails, live music and art.


One of the UK’s longest running, city-based music festivals and a highlight in Sheffield’s music calendar, Tramlines takes place at Hillsborough Park, in July each year.

Off the Shelf

Taking place each October, Off the Shelf presents a varied festival programme, with hundreds of events covering the whole literary spectrum across fiction and nonfiction, poetry, politics, journalism, music, history and science.

Sheffield DocFest 2023

The UK’s leading documentary festival and one of the world’s most influential markets for documentary projects, Sheffield DocFest returns for a landmark 30th edition 14 - 19 June.

Where is Sheffield again?

The Outdoor City is really easily accessible by train or by car (if you're bringing bikes or mats!).

Current train times:

From To Sheffield
London 2:01
Birmingham 1:03
Manchester 0:51
Leeds 0:43

Approximate drive times:

From Miles from Sheffield Drive Time
London 165 3:00
Birmingham 90 1:48
Manchester 44 1:13
Leeds 33 0:50