Sheffield Hotels - It's famed for its steel, but don't go expecting Sheffield to be just a mass of metal – it's one of the greenest cities in the UK with lush parkland and large-leafed trees woven in and around the city's streets. Steel's still a big part of the city, mind, and the cityscape's dotted with modern sculptures, steel-framed buildings, and the shiny-red supertram. Cosmopolitan and culturally rich, you'll also find clusters of galleries and museums as well as a very vibrant nightlife scene with trendy bars, hip restaurants, and more music venues than you can shake a drumstick at.
Things to see
Sheffield's long been a top spot for music (this is the city which gave us Pulp and the Arctic Monkeys after all) and its Motorpoint Arena is one of the UK's premier entertainment venues. Global music megastars put on roof-raising performances to thousands of toe-tapping fans and top comedians fill every corner of the arena with laughs. The expansive Ponds Forge International Sports Centre is home to an Olympic-sized swimming pool as well as family-friendly pools with wave machines, waterslides and waterfalls. Other sporting facilities are top-notch here too with a state-of-the-art gym and sprawling sports hall. The pedestrianized Tudor Square is the spot for the city's cultural offerings, and home to the Crucible Theatre where one moment you can be witnessing a career defining performance and the next the cup-winning pot of a world snooker champion. Located just outside the city center (an easy trip by supertram), you'll find every chain store you can think off under Meadowhall Shopping Centre's glass domed roof. You won't go hungry either, with fast food joints aplenty jostling for attention in the food court.
Hotels in Sheffield
The city is spilling over with places to stay, with hotels in Sheffield to suit every budget and taste. There are the big major names here offering contemporary complexes complete with indoor pools, 24-hour room service, and swanky restaurants as well as budget chain hotels catering well to family stays, groups of friends and couples, and offering modern amenities like flat-screen televisions and WiFi. In Sheffield's surrounding areas, there are sprawling countryhouse hotels set in perfectly preened grounds too.
Where to stay
If you want to stay in a city center Sheffield hotel, there are plenty of options each with their own unique highlights. Picking George Street will put you in the thick of the actions, while the Victoria Quay area, with its sea views, miniature marina, houseboats, and clutch of chic hotels makes a great, slightly less hectic base. The Devonshire Quarter oozes cosmopolitan chic with fashionable boutiques, trendy bars and vibrant café-culture. If you'd prefer to be away from the throngs, you'll find hotels surrounded by countryside just a few miles from the center of town too.
How to get to
Those heading to Sheffield by air will find Robin Hood Airport the most convenient point of entry. A 35-minute drive from the city center, the airport receives flights from a range of domestic and international destinations. From the airport you can drive or catch a ride on the Airport Arrow bus to Doncaster Station, and from there a connecting train to Sheffield. Sheffield Station is a short 10-minute stroll from the center of town (there's a bit of a steep climb on leaving) and links Sheffield with a wide range of locations across the UK including London, Cardiff and the Peak District.