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Sheffield on a Budget

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Known as “The Steel City”, Sheffield was once dominated by industry in the 1900s and operated as the workshop of the world. Today, the city’s industrious past lives on in its eclectic architecture and rich culture, its spirit of innovation embodied in the urban renewal it has undergone in recent years. With fantastic museums, gorgeous galleries, and stunning greenery, Sheffield is a thriving Northern city with many stories to tell. Here’s how to get the most out of a day trip to this vibrant modern city for under £20.

10 am - Kelham Island Museum (£6)
Sheffield’s industrial past is the central focus of this fascinating museum, located on a man-made island in the city’s oldest industrial district. The exhibits trace the history and evolution of Sheffield’s many industries, from steel-making to knife-sharpening, and boasts an impressive collection of historic tools and vehicles. The museum’s grandest display is its huge 12,000-horsepower River Don steam engine dating back to 1905 that gets revved up twice a day for visitors to enjoy.

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Kelham Island Museum is located on Alma St, Sheffield S3 8RY.
12pm - Sheffield Cathedral (Free)
Sheffield Cathedral is the city’s oldest building and has been used as a place of worship for over 1,000 years. Inside you’ll find a vast array of architectural styles and precious objects, including the 16th Century marble tomb of the Earl of Shrewsbury, a black oak bishop’s seat dating back to the 1400s, and breath-taking stained glass windows that depict the city’s history.

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Sheffield Cathedral is located on Church St, Sheffield S1 1HA.
1pm - Lunch at Béres (From £2.85)
A Sheffield institution famed for its delicious pork sandwiches, Béres is the perfect spot to grab a cheap and cheerful lunch. The business may have started out as a butcher shop, but it’s their signature pork butties that have kept the crowds coming back over the years. With multiple branches across the city, Béres has confidently established itself as a firm favourite with Sheffield locals, and with juicy pork, sweet applesauce and crispy crackling being served up, we’re not surprised.

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Béres has multiple locations around Sheffield, including 151 Pinstone St, Sheffield S1 2HL.
2pm - Millennium Gallery (Free)
Sheffield’s rich and eclectic cultural history is embodied in the Millennium Gallery, the city’s most revered museum and art gallery. It houses an extraordinary collection of work by John Ruskin, the Victorian artist, writer and philosopher, including manuscripts, paintings, and a wide variety of objects related to his legacy. The museum also holds The Sykes Gallery Metalwork Collection, which charts the evolution of Sheffield’s steel industry into craft and design, with 13,000 gleaming objects on display.

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Millennium Gallery is located at 48 Arundel Gate, Sheffield S1 2PP.
4pm - The Winter Garden (Free)
After you’re done soaking up priceless pieces of art, pop next door to the Winter Garden, housed in Europe’s largest indoor glasshouse. This oasis in the heart of the city is home to more than 2,500 species of plants from all over the world, and the building itself is a striking architectural marvel. This is definitely no ordinary garden, and it rightly takes pride of place in Sheffield’s bustling centre.

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The Winter Garden is located at 90 Surrey St, Sheffield S1 2LH.
6pm - Craft & Dough (From £6.50)
If tucking into a warm, delicious pizza sounds like heaven to you, then you’ll be floating on Cloud Nine when you visit one of Sheffield’s most beloved restaurants, Craft & Dough. Part pizzeria, part bar, Craft & Dough specialises in luscious, innovative pizzas to suit all tastes. Expect to find adventurous toppings like braised beef, pulled pork, and black pudding, as well as more traditional fare for those looking for simple, great-tasting pizza. This pizzeria definitely thinks outside the (pizza) box, and is a must-visit when visiting Sheffield.

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Craft & Dough is located at 1A Kelham Square, Kelham Island, Sheffield S3 8RY.
So there we have it, a day packed full of history, culture, and fun for just £15.35. Don’t delay in booking your day-trip to Sheffield as soon as you can.