Where to live in Sheffield?
Sheffield is a bustling city and tranquil open countryside rolled into one. The steel city sits on the River Sheaf and has been regenerated majorly since the turn of the 21st century but is also on the doorstep of the Peak District and has more than 200 parks. One of the fastest growing economies in the country, the area is geographically diverse with more than 25 wards offering a number of property types, great schools and a mix of attractions.
THINGS TO DO
The UK’s first National City of Sport, there are two professional Football League clubs in the city, swimming and diving pools, the Instiute of Sport Sheffield and the World Snooker Championship at the Crucible theatre. On top of this, the Sheffield Arena hosts both ice hockey and major events throughout the year.
With three major art galleries, six museums, a huge theatre and an IMAX screen, you’ll never be short of something to do in the city. Enjoy family fun at the tropical butterfly house, botanical gardens and Graves Park and head out for a walk around beautiful areas like Endcliffe Park, Rivelin Valley Nature Trail, Eyam Hall and Weston Park.
EATING & DRINKING
Annual music and comedy festivals attract people from across the country, and there is a great selection when it comes to food and drink. From chain restaurants to gastro pubs, international flavours to country inns, whether in the city or the country there is plenty of selection. As night falls, there are pubs and bars serving everything from cocktails to real ale and just right whether you are on a romantic evening or in a group.
A walk down Fargate, through Orchard Square and The Moor, in the heart of the city is the best place to find your favourite high street brands while Ecclesall Road and Devonshire Quarter are more bohemian parts of Sheffield with fashionable, quirky independent stores. Alternatively you can choose from a complete collection of retail outlets and restaurants outside the city at Meadowhall.
With more than 140 primary schools, 28 secondary schools (eight with sixth forms), two colleges and two universities, Sheffield is a city with education at its core. Whether you are looking for state, private or specialist options, you are sure to find the right schooling for your child.
In the car, the cities of Manchester and Leeds are close, as is the picturesque Peak District and the M1. You can take your pick from Robin Hood, Manchester, Leeds Bradford and East Midlands airport because they are within an hour of Sheffield and the railway station has a direct connection to Europe as well as East Anglia, Hull, Liverpool, London and Manchester.
Inhabited for almost 13,000 years, Sheffield gained notoriety by the late 13th century when it grew into a market town. It was around this time that Sheffield began to get a reputation for steel work and cutlery. During the 19th century the population grew rapidly but the dependence on steel mills saw the city struggle in the 1970s and 80s. Today it is thriving again and an important regional centre in the country.
DID YOU KNOW?
Sheffield is the greenest city in England. It has two million trees and 61% of the area is green space.