Sheffield Museums and Art Galleries, Sheffield (Self Guided)

The city of Sheffield offers an abundance of fantastic museums and art galleries where one can go to enjoy the art and history of the city. Sheffield's museums and art galleries retell the history of life, history of music, history of arts, as well as the history of this beautiful city.
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Sheffield Museums and Art Galleries Map

Guide Name: Sheffield Museums and Art Galleries
Guide Location: England » Sheffield (See other walking tours in Sheffield)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 km
Author: nicole
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Kelham Island Industrial Museum

1) Kelham Island Industrial Museum (must see)

The Kelham Island Museum is an industrial museum on Alma Street, alongside the River Don, in the centre of The City of Sheffield, England. It was opened in 1982. The museum houses exhibitions on science and Sheffield industry, including examples of reconstructed little mesters' workshops and England's largest surviving Bessemer converter. The museum gives tours to local schools and has regular demonstrations of the 1905 River Don Engine, a 12,000 horsepower (9 MW) steam engine, which originally powered a local armour plate rolling mill. The engine is remarkable for its ability to change direction very quickly, a facet that was necessary for the efficient rolling of heavy steel. The engine rolled steel for nuclear reactors towards the end of its life (it was last used in production in 1974 at the River Don Works). The museum is operated by the Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust. It is an Anchor Point of ERIH, The European Route of Industrial Heritage.

Operation hours: Monday - Thursday: 10 am - 4 pm; Sunday: 11 am - 4:45 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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National Emergency Services Museum

2) 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

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Sight description based on wikipedia
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Graves Art Gallery

3) 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
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Millennium Galleries

4) 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
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Yorkshire ArtSpace

5) Yorkshire ArtSpace

Yorkshire ArtSpace is a project established to provide studio space for artists which opened in October 2001 at the Persistence Works building in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. The Yorkshire ArtSpace Society, originally established in Sheffield in 1977 by a group of artists, aimed to provide accessible studio space. At that time, the Society was based at Washington Works, but only on a short term lease. Persistence Works was designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. It is the UK’s first purpose built studio complex for artists and craftspeople. The project has created studio space for sixty eight practicing artists and craftspeople in addition to exhibition, project, education and office spaces, The building won an RIBA Yorkshire White Rose award and a Civic Trust Award Commendation. It was also a finalist in the Prime Ministers’ Better Public Building Awards in 2002.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 10 am - 4 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery

6) Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery

Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery is a university art gallery in Sheffield. Part of Sheffield Hallam University the gallery is based in the Furnival Building in Sheffield's Cultural Industries Quarter. It is open to the public. The gallery aims to bring nationally and internationally recognised works of art, design and media arts to Sheffield as well as showing some of the work of academics and students in the Sheffield Institute of Arts. The gallery is managed by a gallery committee representing the main subject groups of the Sheffield Institute of Arts, individual exhibitions are curated by academic specialists in the University.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 10 am – 5 pm; Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm

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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 Architecture

Sheffield Architecture

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
Religious Buildings in Sheffield

Religious Buildings in Sheffield

Sheffield is easily one of the most beautiful cities in England and loaded with a variety of prime religious buildings. Inside Sheffield one will discover old churches with fantastic architecture and exclusive mural paintings; as well as glorious facades with detailed sculptures and arched windows designed by the greatest artists of past centuries.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Sheffield Nightlife

Sheffield Nightlife

Sheffield is not only a city of history, culture, and famous landmarks, but also popular due to its ultra modern nightlife. The clubs in Sheffield are often visited by people from around the world (including some famous personalities) and reasonable so. Here you will find famous musicians, outstanding decorations, prime food and drinks, as well as plenty of entertainment options such as dancing.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Fun for Kids in Sheffield

Fun for Kids in Sheffield

This guide is all about the kids. Here you will discover all the family friendly and incredibly entertaining spots. From open-air fun to places of interest and intellectual venues, Sheffield has a little of everything for the entire family.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

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...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 km
Sheffield - Devonshire Quarter

Sheffield - Devonshire Quarter

Devonshire Quarter is a special district of Sheffield. The district owns a large net of the shopping areas, which are known for their small independent shops and variety of pubs and bars. The district also offers large streets with lush grass, well maintained buildings, and friendly locals. Last but certainly not least, Devonshire is also an architectural piece of heaven, full of wonderful...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Sheffield for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Sheffield has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Sheffield, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.