Sheffield Mini Guide
Sheffield has an international airport called the Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport
. You can arrive there from Belfast on Flybe, Dublin on Ryanair, Cyprus on Thomsonfly and Turkey on Thomas Cook among others. A hire car from the Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport will really give you the freedom to explore Sheffield and the surrounding countryside which is very beautiful in the area of the Pennines.
Alternatively you can collect a hire car from Nottingham, East Midlands Airport, Leeds Bradford Airport
or Manchester Airport and drive to Sheffield. There is a scenic route to Sheffield past the Peak District National Park by the Snake or Woodhead Passes (A57 and A628) from Manchester. Rhino Car Hire will be able to arrange for you to have different pick up and drop off points if this is more convenient.
If you want to avoid having to park within Sheffield city you can stop outside and use the city’s tram service. There are three tram lines. One goes to the north-eastern suburbs of the city such as Attercliffe and Meadowhall as well as the Don Valley Stadium. The others go to the north-western area where the University of Sheffield is located and the south-eastern area where you can find Crystal Peaks, Hackenthorpe and Halfway. The tram is inexpensive and so quite convenient.
In terms of things to do in Sheffield, classical music lovers might want to go to the Sheffield City Hall which has concerts and performances. The Peace and Winter Gardens are an ideal place to take a stroll or get a coffee and just appreciate the atmosphere of Sheffield. Near to these is Sheffield’s Millennium Art Gallery which has a fine collection of art.
If you like gardens then the Sheffield Botanical Gardens and the Victorian buildings which surround them are worth seeing but they are a short drive out of Sheffield. Shoppers will also find plenty to keep them occupied. They can try the Devonshire quarter which is Sheffield’s trendy shopping centre.
- Over the weekend of the 11th and 12th May, you can see the ancient craft of the blacksmith in Sheffield at the Forge In Festival at Abbetdale Industrial Hamlet, if you're lucky, you'll even get the use the hammer and anvil and see the sparks fly.