I was born and raised in this town but I never turn down an opportunity to rediscover this city and all it has to offer. Sheffield was a steel town for many, many years, my grandfather and most everyone else in the city worked in the steel works. At one time Sheffield was the leading cutlery supplier to the world and stainless steel was developed here. The city produced expert silversmiths . It’s roots are the industrial era and it continues to embrace these roots. Now a city of 575,000 much has changed and much has stayed the same. A diverse city which offers an array of things to see and do much of which is free.
If you ever have the chance to visit this area take a few days and explore this diverse, ever changing historically interesting city .Here are my suggestions, come explore Sheffield with me………………..Welcome to my hometown -Sheffield!
Sheffield is a diverse city of 575,000 people. This city has so much to offer in terms of restaurants, entertainment and so much more. My visit with family was short but sweet but as always I found revisiting some of my old haunts exciting. Here I highlight a few of my favorites and the amazing thing is they happen to be free.
The Graves Art Gallery
The Graves Art Gallery can be found in the heart of Sheffield above the City Library. If you are in Sheffield be sure to make this gallery a priority. It never ceases to amaze me at this gallery is free to the public . It is home to works of art by Cezanne, Turner, Hirst and Lowery. I highly recommend spending an hour or an afternoon wandering the numerous collections.
A Must See in Sheffield.........
The Botanical Gardens in Sheffield are an amazing 19 acres of 5,000 different species. This beautiful attraction was developed and designed by Robert Marnock and opened in 1836. Spend an hour here or all the whole day ,there really is that much to see. My Mom and I reconnected with this park one afternoon .We sauntered the grounds and had tea in the tea room after exploring the Bear Pit. You will find you need to know at http://www.sbg.org.uk/ including a section on “Garden Etiquette.”www.sbg.org.uk/
And then it was time for tea........
Next Stop The Bear Pit.......
The Bear Pit in the Botanical Gardens of Sheffield is the finest surviving example of a Bear Pit in the UK. Amazingly the superb condition of the structure is due to the many years it was used as Yorkshire’s biggest compost pit.
This is a Grade II listed structure and was built in 1836 to home a black bear. In 1839 the attempt to combine zoological exhibits was stopped because of the noise and stench. In 1855 Sir Henry Hunloke presented 2 brown bears to the Gardens although little is known about how long they remained there. Local legend relates that a child was killed after falling into the pit around 1870.
The Bear Pit was fully repaired during the restoration of the Gardens..
In January 2005 a steel sculpture of a bear was installed, to remind people of the former use of this structure.
St. Marie's Catholic Cathedral
The cathedral was built in 1846 and the doors opened for worship in 1850. The style is gothic revival and the architect was Matthew Ellison Hadfield. I went to Mass here as a child with my Nan-Nan and I revisit the cathedral whenever possible. If you are in the area head to the center of town and feast your eyes on this beautiful church.
This was a short but always sweet trip to my hometown. I have highlighted some of my favorite haunts. Sheffield has so much to offer. If you ever have the chance to visit South Yorkshire include Sheffield in your itinerary - you wont be disappointed.