Sheffield is one of the largest cities in England and if you love arts and culture or wide open spaces, you'll feel right at home. The city is equally appealing to sports fans. Soccer, hockey, speedway - it's all here.
Catch a top stage production at the Crucible, the Sheffield Theatre complex's main auditorium, or see what's on at the Lyceum, one of the city's oldest theaters.
Kids will love this museum's eclectic range of exhibits such as Snowy the polar bear, Egyptian mummies, and even a butcher's shop.
The Winter Garden boasts Europe's largest city center temperate glasshouse, while the glass pavilions and some plants and trees at the Botanical Gardens date from 1836.
Home to the Steelers, the city's hockey team, Sheffield Arena was built for the World Student Games and opened by the Queen in 1981. Go to see the Steelers play or for concerts, ice shows, and theater productions.
Stop for a drink in a traditional pub such as the Red Deer in Pitt Street, or see live bands at popular venues like the Leadmill, Corporation, and Plug.
Summer, from May to September, is the best time to visit the nearby Peak District National Park or see the city's parks at their best. However, annual events and excellent shopping and entertainment make Sheffield a great choice at any time.
Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) is 28.5 miles from the city center via the M18. Rent a car at the airport or take the 707 shuttle bus to Doncaster Town Centre. From there, head to Doncaster Railway station to catch a train to Sheffield.
An hourly train service operated by East Midland Trains runs between London and Sheffield. CrossCountry Trains offers a range of daily services for those coming from Scotland, Birmingham, or the North East. Trains terminate at Sheffield Station near the city center.
Sheffield is just minutes from the M1 motorway. Take Exit 33 via Sheffield Parkway for the city center.
National Express buses travel to Sheffield from many major UK cities. Buses stop at Sheffield Interchange which is a 2-minute walk from Sheffield Station.
The city has hotels to suit every budget from affordable chains like Premier Inn and ibis to luxury hotels like the Copthorne Hotel Sheffield and the Leopold Hotel.
City Center - the city center is home to the Winter Garden and Sheffield landmarks like the Grade I listed Town Hall.
Kelham Island Quarter - this central neighborhood is where you'll find Kelham Island Museum and the Kelham Island Tavern, two-time winner of the CAMRA National Pub of the Year award.
Sharrow - Sharrow is west of the city center. Visit Sharrow Mills, a former snuff factory on picturesque Porter Brook, or meander through Endcliffe Park.
Purchase a dayrider ticket for £4 or a weekly superider ticket for £13.50 for unlimited travel on Stagecoach Buses and the Stagecoach Supertram.
Taxis are readily available and a typical 5-mile trip during the day costs £14-16.
You can rent a car from brands like Hertz, Europcar, or Avis. Prices start from £23 per day.
Find famous brands alongside department stores at Meadowhall. Shop for keepsakes at Sheffield Antiques Quarter in Broadfield Road or find the latest designer styles on Ecclesall Road.
Stock up on food and basics at supermarkets like Morrison's, Tesco, and Sainsbury's. A quart of milk costs £0.83 and 12 large eggs cost £2.31.
Dine on classic British cuisine at Browns in St. Paul's Parade, or enjoy contemporary Italian dishes at Piccolino in Millennium Square. Lunch in a basic diner costs £7 while a meal for two with wine in a top restaurant starts at £40.