Creative, chilled out and full of fun, Sheffield is unique. Its quirky mix of post-war architecture, excellent little restaurants and cafes, and a stand-out beer scene – not to mention its close proximity to the Peak District – make it a top destination for visitors.

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Culture and the outdoors

One of the biggest attractions in Sheffield is the Millennium Gallery. Housing four galleries under a single roof, this space is a one-stop shop for learning about local history and culture. The collection of art and illustrated books by Victorian writer and philosopher John Ruskin was originally intended to inspire the city’s metalworkers. Now visitors can view the fascinating assortment, along with an extensive metalwork collection. Sheffield’s steel industry produced most of Britain’s cutlery, bowls, teapots and much more in its heyday, and the 13,000-strong collection here is a testament to the proud industrial history of “Steel City”. The museum’s shop, stocked with work by local indie designers, is a great place to pick up unique souvenirs.

Situated nearby is the Winter Garden, an enormous 22-metre-high greenhouse. Admire the soaring modern structure of the eye-catching architectural design from the outside, before stepping foot inside to appreciate the 2,500 plants on display from around the world. Wondering what to do in Sheffield after dark? The city’s justifiably famous for its music and club scene, and its open-minded attitude has led to the creation of some cultural venues that shouldn’t be missed. Try Dina for art exhibits and markets, club nights and a roster of eclectic live music from around the world.

Bloc Projects is the city’s most interesting contemporary art space, hosted in a warren of studio workspaces for more than 60 local artists. Want to hear the most experimental music acts in the city today? Try Audacious Space, a tiny barebones venue where on any given night you’ll hear anything from electronic dance music to acoustic guitar.

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