Sheffield Introduction Walking Tour, Sheffield

Sheffield Introduction Walking Tour (Self Guided), Sheffield

Known as the “Steel City” since the 19th century, Sheffield emerged as a rapidly growing metropolis during the Industrial Revolution. Following a decline of the iron and steel industries in the 1970s and 80s, the city currently enjoys extensive redevelopment. Among its newest additions is the Millennium Gallery displaying metalwork and art from Sheffield and around the world. This orientation tour is set to take you to some of the most distinguished landmarks of today's Sheffield.
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Sheffield Introduction Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Sheffield Introduction Walking Tour
Guide Location: England » Sheffield (See other walking tours in Sheffield)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 16
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Author: nicole
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Sheffield Town Hall
  • Orchard Square
  • Fargate
  • Sheffield Cathedral
  • National Emergency Services Museum
  • Old Town Hall
  • Crucible Theatre
  • Cathedral Church of St Marie
  • Lyceum Theatre
  • Sheffield Winter Garden
  • Graves Art Gallery
  • Millennium Galleries
  • Peace Garden
  • Sheffield City War Memorial
  • Sheffield City Hall
  • Devonshire Quarter
Sheffield Town Hall

1) Sheffield Town Hall (must see)

Sheffield Town Hall is a building in the City of Sheffield, England. The building is used by the City Council, and also contains a publicly displayed collection of silverware. The current building, Sheffield's fourth town hall, is located on Pinstone Street. It was designed by the London-based architect E. W. Mountford and constructed over a seven year period from 1890 to 1897, opening on 21 May 1897. An extension designed by F. E. P. Edwards was completed in 1923. The building was opened by Queen Victoria, using a remote control lock from her carriage. The turning of the key in the lock triggered a light in the building which was the signal for three concealed men to open the gates.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Orchard Square

2) Orchard Square

Orchard Square is a small open-air court shopping centre located in Sheffield, England. It opened in 1987 and contains several stores, notably Clarks, Waterstone's (with an in-store Costa Coffee), River Island, Subway, The Body Shop and TK Maxx (which replaced the original food court). The newest store to open is brand clothing shop Republic, which replaced the former Zavvi shop in May 2009. Orchard Square also features La Coupe hair salon, Blue Banana, Evolution, Anne Heppell, Michael Spencer Jewelers, War Games Emporium, Starbucks and Schuh. The centerpiece of the Square is a chiming clock with moving figures that depict Sheffield's cutlery trade. To mark the center's 21st year, Orchard Square was re-developed to facilitate the expansion of the TK Maxx to a three-level 45,000 sq ft (4,200 m2) anchor store into space formerly occupied by the Stonehouse pub. The re-development was finished in October 2008, and retailers began trading in new premises shortly before Christmas 2008.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 9 am – 6:30 pm; Sunday: 11 am – 5 pm
Sight description based on Wikipedia.

3) Fargate

Fargate is a pedestrian precinct and shopping area in Sheffield, England. It runs between Barker's Pool and High Street opposite the cathedral. It was pedestrianized in 1973. Underneath all of Fargate there are mass medieval graves. Fargate also holds a Continental Market approximately 4 times a year, which includes European stalls selling cheeses, confectionery, clothing, plants and crafts including jewelery and ornaments. More recently, the street was home to Sheffield Assay Office. The corner at bottom end of Fargate (opposite the cathedral) is known locally as Coles Corner. It was a famous meeting point in the city, named after Cole Brothers who occupied the building. Originally The Albert Hall cinema which burnt down in 1937, it is now home to a modern building which currently houses HSBC, Starbucks Coffee, Vodafone and The Carphone Warehouse. but a plaque has been erected in memory of the Cole Brothers store.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Sheffield Cathedral

4) Sheffield Cathedral (must see)

Sheffield Cathedral is one of five Grade I listed buildings in the city, along with Town Hall, Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, and the parish churches at Ecclesfield and Bradfield. It is located in the city centre on Church Street and served by Sheffield Supertram's Cathedral stop. The East end of the current church is the oldest. In the east wall of the sanctuary there are stones from the 13th century church. Dating from the 15th century are the sanctuary and chancel. The pipe organ by N. P. Mander Ltd. was decommissioned in 1998 with a view to a long term replacement with another pipe organ. In the interim, a digital organ by Phoenix Organs is being used. In 2008 negotiations were undertaken with Warrington Borough Council to purchase their Cavaillé-Coll organ from the Parr Hall.The cathedral has 13 bells hung for change ringing, including a flat sixth bell. The bells are rung regularly for practice on a Thursday and for Sunday services, both in the morning and the evening.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
National Emergency Services Museum

5) National Emergency Services Museum

The National Emergency Services Museum (previously known as Sheffield Fire and Police Museum) is a museum in Sheffield, England. Established in 1984, it is based at a former fire station (opened c.1900) at the junction of West Bar and Tenter Street near the city centre. A notable feature is the only remaining Fire Brigade observation tower in the UK. The collection covers law and order, and social history. The museum is run entirely by volunteers, and is open on Sundays, Bank Holidays and for special events or pre-arranged visits. It also has a number of paintings, including one by Sheffield artist Joe Scarborough.

Opening hours: Wednesday- Sunday: 10 am - 4 pm
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Old Town Hall

6) Old Town Hall

Sheffield Old Town Hall stands on Waingate in central Sheffield, England, opposite Castle Market. The building was commissioned to replace Sheffield's first town hall, which had opened in 1700 to a design by William Renny. This first structure stood by the parish church, on a site with little prospect for extension. By the 1890s, the building had again become too small, and the current Sheffield Town Hall was built further south. The Old Town Hall was again extended in 1896-7, by the renamed Flockton, Gibbs & Flockton, and became Sheffield Crown Court and Sheffield High Court. In the 1990s, these courts moved to new premises, and since at least 1997 to present, the building remains disused. In 2007, it was named by the Victorian Society as one of their top ten buildings most at-risk.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Crucible Theatre

7) Crucible Theatre (must see)

The Crucible Theatre is a theatre built in 1971 and located in the city center of Sheffield. As well as theatrical performances, it is home to the most important event in professional snooker, the World Snooker Championship. This demonstrated the versatility of the stage, which has since been adapted to Dance, Musical performance, as well as classical and modern theatre, and receives touring productions as well as hosting squash and spectacularly, the World Snooker Championship. In 2001 the Crucible was awarded the Barclays ‘Theatre of the Year Award, and is a Grade II listed building. The building went through a £15 million refurbishment between 2007 and late 2009 – opening during that period only for the 2008 and 2009 World Snooker Championships.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Cathedral Church of St Marie

8) Cathedral Church of St Marie (must see)

St Marie’s was completed in 1850 and opened on September 11th. During the Second World War a bomb blew out stained glass windows in the Blessed Sacrament chapel. The remaining windows were removed and stored in a shaft at Nunnery Colliery. When St Marie’s was re-ordered in 1970, following Vatican II, dark woodwork was removed and new lighting and benches were installed. In 1972, a new altar, allowing mass to be celebrated versus populum, was consecrated by Bishop Gerald Moverley, auxiliary Bishop of Leeds. The church building has been a Grade II listed building since 1973.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Lyceum Theatre

9) Lyceum Theatre (must see)

The Lyceum is a 1068-seat theatre in the City of Sheffield, England. Built in 1897 following a traditional proscenium arch design, the Lyceum is the only surviving theatre outside of London designed by the famous theatre architect W.G.R. Sprague and the last example of an Edwardian auditorium in Sheffield. The Lyceum prides itself as being the home of Sheffield's Pantomime. For many years, the months between Christmas Eve and Easter were Panto-time with visiting producers bringing famous actors and variety turns to entertain local families twice a day. In the forties, the Lyceum began to produce its own pantomime and were soon bringing in stars of radio such as Morecambe and Wise, Harry Secombe and Frankie Howerd. In 2007, Sheffield Theatres replaced the touring companies by starting co-production with Evolution Pantomines. Their first show Cinderella was followed by Aladdin in 2008 and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 2009.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Sheffield Winter Garden

10) Sheffield Winter Garden (must see)

Sheffield Winter Garden in the city of Sheffield in South Yorkshire is one of the largest temperate glasshouses to be built in the UK during the last hundred years, and the largest urban glasshouse anywhere in Europe. It is home to more than 2,000 plants from all around the world. It was officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 22 May 2003. The building has background frost protection to minimum of 4 degrees Celsius and it is one of the largest Glue Laminate or "Glulam" buildings in the UK (Glulam is made by forming and gluing strips of timber into specific shapes). The wood used is Larch, a durable timber which will, over time, turn a light silvery gray color.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Graves Art Gallery

11) Graves Art Gallery (must see)

Graves Art Gallery is in the centre of Sheffield above the Central Library and close to the Millennium Galleries. It shows permanent displays from the city’s collections of 19th and 20th century British and European art as well as a program of temporary exhibitions. The collection encapsulates the story of the development of Modern Art. The main trends and movements are traced through works by many well-known artists, from Pablo Picasso and Pierre Bonnard to Sir Stanley Spencer and Helen Chadwick. It is currently administered by the Sheffield Galleries and Museums Trust.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Saturday: 11 am - 4 pm; Wednesday: 1 pm – 6 pm
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Millennium Galleries

12) Millennium Galleries (must see)

The Millennium Galleries is an art gallery in the City of Sheffield, England. The gallery opened in April 2001 as part of Sheffield's Heart of the City project. The gallery is divided into four sections: the Special Exhibition Gallery hosts touring exhibitions from galleries like the Tate Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Craft and Design Gallery shows the work of past and present craftsmen and designers, the Metalwork Gallery is designed to showcase Sheffield's metal industries, and the Ruskin Gallery hosts the collection of the Guild of St George, which was established in Sheffield by John Ruskin in the 19th century.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday: 11 am - 4 pm; Thursday until 8 pm.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Peace Garden

13) Peace Garden

The Peace Gardens are an inner city square in Sheffield, England. It was created as part of the Heart of the City project by Sheffield City Council.
The Gardens themselves front onto Sheffield's gothic town hall (not to be confused with the Sheffield City Hall, a popular concert venue), creating a spectacular view as shoppers and visitors sit in the gardens.
It has won many awards, and was one of the major sites responsible for Sheffield's first place in the Entente Florale 2005
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Sheffield City War Memorial

14) Sheffield City War Memorial

Sheffield City War Memorial is a Grade II listed 90 foot tall World War I memorial. The memorial was unveiled on October 28, 1925. The landmark contains four figurines of soldiers disposed in bas-relief, with a large amount of delicate decorations.
Sheffield City Hall

15) Sheffield City Hall (must see)

Sheffield City Hall is a Grade II* listed building in Sheffield, England, containing several venues, ranging from the Oval Concert Hall which seats over 2,000 people to a ballroom featuring a sprung dance floor. It is currently operated by Sheffield International Venues. The building was designed in 1920 by E. Vincent Harris, but was not completed until 1932. It is a neo-classical building with a giant portico. The Oval Hall is the largest hall in the building, seating 2,271 people and is commanded by an angel's chorus. This provides both natural light to the main hall and can also be used by a hidden choir whose voices are carried through the building and down onto the audience. The Oval Hall is complemented by the more intimate 500-seater Memorial Hall and the Ballroom which can host anything from after show parties to club nights and afternoon tea-dances. In 2005, the City Hall and its surroundings were refurbished and re-developed at a cost of £12.5 million.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Devonshire Quarter

16) Devonshire Quarter

The Devonshire Quarter is an area in the centre of Sheffield, England. Its heart is the Division Street and Devonshire Street shopping areas, known for their small independent shops and variety of pubs and bars. The district also has The Forum shopping centre and Devonshire Green, one of the largest open areas in central Sheffield.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.

Walking Tours in Sheffield, England

Create Your Own Walk in Sheffield

Create Your Own Walk in Sheffield

Creating your own self-guided walk in Sheffield is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Sheffield's Architectural Jewels

Sheffield's Architectural Jewels

Sheffield is a city of change. From the thick contrast, to the vivid colors and unusual shapes, Sheffield's architecture is first rate. Journey down this wonderful guide and you will discover several examples of people who were not afraid or scared to take risks with their unique work.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles