Sheffield is a revived city. Once a byword for industry, Sheffield suffered as hard as any other UK town or city in the face of cheaper competition from abroad, but is now one of the top places in the country to locate a business.
Sheffield has undergone a massive change in its economy through the late 20th century and into the 21st century and is now emerging as a modern city thriving in the service industry. The area was always known for mining and manufacturing, Sheffield Steel being probably its most famous export, but when a lot of manufacturing moved into cheaper economies abroad, that all changed.
Nowadays, Sheffield is renowned for its enormous number of green spaces and is also becoming recognised as a city of culture. Business travellers staying in our serviced apartments in Sheffield will find it a compact city, and therefore easy to get around on foot, particularly as we have short stay apartments located right in the centre, within easy reach of the train station and the city’s popular university.
Sheffield has several modern art galleries, any one of which can make for a pleasant and interesting afternoon’s viewing. Located right in the town centre, close to the high street and next to the city’s two popular theatres, the Millennium Gallery is the 15th most-visited of all free attractions across England. It is linked to Sheffield Winter Gardens, one of the largest glass houses built in the UK during the last 100 years, and is the largest urban glasshouse anywhere in Europe. This stunning building was part of Sheffield renovation project called ‘Heart of The City’, which begun in 2004 and was completed in 2016. This renovation project resulted in Sheffield city centre becoming among the most diverse and eclectic in the area. Next to the Winter Gardens, you will find The Peace Gardens, an award-winning public space that was originally the churchyard for St. Paul’s Church, built by a wealthy local goldsmith in the 18th century. Nowadays, the Peace Gardens serve as a park and feature beautiful fountains.
Sheffield's Heart of the City area boasts some diverse architecture. Here you can see the city’s breath-taking Town Hall. Constructed in the late 1800s, it towers over the Peace Gardens below but is in turn dwarfed by the nearby St Paul’s Tower, a 32-storey residential building constructed in 2011. SITU can offer stunning apartments in this tower block, with large windows providing stunning views across the city.
One-third of Sheffield sits in the Peak District National Park, so it feels somehow fitting that the city has more than 200 parks to offer visitors, along with the gardens already mentioned above. If exploring the parks outside the city, make sure you visit Stanage Edge, the beautiful rocky path featured in a memorable scene from 2005’s Pride & Prejudice film, while nearby Wentworth Woodhouse is often thought of as a possible inspiration for Mr Darcy’s Pemberley house and estate. This beautiful stately mansion was featured in a number of films, including the recent Oscar winner Darkest Hour. And, not far away from the Stanage Edge is North Lees Hall, a 16th-century building that served as an inspiration for Thornfield Hall in the famous novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.
SITU’s Sheffield short term lets and serviced aparthotels make for convenient and affordable accommodation, enabling you to have your own space while visiting this charming city in South Yorkshire.
Sheffield's station is in the south-east area of the city, at the bottom of Howard Street, which leads to the city centre.
The city may be reached in 10 minutes by foot and just 5 minutes by tram. There is also a free bus called the ‘Free Bee’, which runs every 7 minutes.
Northern Rail also operates a number of suburban rail services, helping visitors to make their way around the city more easily.
Sheffield main bus station is just 2 minutes walk from railway station.
National Express operates regular services to London’s Golders Green and Victoria bus stations. The Gorilla bus service operates from both Brown Street and the Meadow Hall shopping centre, and connects guests to Liverpool, Manchester and most cities in the Midlands. There is also an excellent local bus service with twelve bus routes.
Sheffield is home to the youngest airport in the UK.
Robin Hood Doncaster is just a 35 minute drive from the city centre and provides services to both UK and European destinations. The airport Arrow Bus connects visitors to the city centre every hour.