Nicknamed ‘Steel City' and sitting on top of seven hills, Sheffield is a vibrant, multi-cultural city that manages to be large and also friendly.
The City Centre has the Crucible Theatre where the World Snooker Championships are held annually, the Peace and Winter Gardens where you can hang out and people-watch and the City Hall, O2 Academy and Lyceum Theatre where you can catch a band or a show.
Heading out into the South West of Sheffield is Ecclesall Road, a long expanse where students, professionals and families come to drink, shop or enjoy a good meal. London Road is a similar area with what feels like every cuisine under the sun served within a few feet.
The Don Valley is home to the now defunct Don Valley Stadium where Jessica Ennis-Hill used to train. Sheffield Arena is close-by where you can catch major acts as diverse as One Direction and Rod Stewart or the occasional touring musical. If you like to indulge in shopping then Meadowhall shopping mall is the place for you!
Sheffield has many amazing parks including Endcliffe Park, with its vast expanse of green space and award-winning cafe. Millhouses Park has its own water play area. Graves Park also has an animal farm which is very popular with families. Sheffield sits on the edge of the Peak District National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty.
I'd better not forget the two football teams: Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday. Our famous sons (and daughters) include the Arctic Monkeys, Def Leppard, Pulp, Dominic West, Helen Sharman and Michael Palin.
Local attractions include Weston Park Museum which is free to get into and has a bee colony and exhibitions about Sheffield past and present. Other free attractions are Graves Art Gallery and the Millennium Gallery located within metres of each other in the City Centre. Magna Science Adventure Centre in between Rotherham and Sheffield is well worth a visit and features fire, air, water and earth ‘pavilions'. If you like stately homes then Chatsworth House is a mere 15 miles away and will transport you to another era.
Sheffield is often described as a collection of villages and moving from one area to another does have a very different feel. Each area has its own identity, its own ‘high street' and its own community life. I love this city, there is nowhere else I would rather live.
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