About Sheffield

Welcome to Sheffield

Choose Sheffield and you'll discover an extraordinary place to live and work.

You're choosing a city of stunning landscapes, and a city that's creative, welcoming, rich in culture and history, but with a modern outlook and a million things to see and do. A low cost of living, great schools and an unrivalled quality of life with the Peak District on your doorstep and the largest theatre district outside of London.

There's all the buzz and stimulation of city life, but none of the stress. Instead there's the friendly, laid-back feel of a village and some staggeringly beautiful scenery. In Sheffield you get the best of both worlds.

We’ve put this page together to show you what you can discover here. You might not know about the woods, it's countryside and it's vibrant social life. You might not know that, if you live here, the Peak District's only a few minutes by car from your front door. But you will!

Safe, friendly and a low cost of living

The UK Peace Index, a study using Home Office data, measured levels of peacefulness in the UK from 2003 to 2012 and found Sheffield to be England's safest major city. Since 2014 a Police.uk report shows that Sheffield is consistently below the average crime rate and close to the lower bound when compared to similar cities. The locals are quick to welcome new residents making it that much easier to settle in.

Sheffield boasts the second lowest cost of living for a major city (numbeoexpatistan). Wherever you relocate to it will cost you, but in Sheffield it should cost you less.

Plenty on offer

The city

Celluloid thrill seekers find plenty on offer at the dozens of screens across Sheffield. Pick from the blockbusters at the OdeonCineworld or Vue, or Sheffield's new nine-screen cinema The Light known for their large reclining seats. For fans of independent film there's a real gem in Curzon and the Showroom Cinema, both in the heart of the city.

A walk down Fargate, through Orchard Square and The Moor, in the heart of the city is the best place to find your favourite high street brands while Ecclesall Road and Devonshire Quarter are more bohemian parts of Sheffield with fashionable, quirky independent stores. Alternatively, you can choose from a complete collection of retail outlets and restaurants outside the city at Meadowhall.

Sheffield is a regional powerhouse for drama, home to Sheffield Theatres - the largest producing theatre complex outside London. Theatre fans love the intimacy of the famous Crucible and its pioneering productions. The magnificent Lyceum has a hugely varied programme, hosting everything from opera and ballet to West End musicals.

Museums Sheffield offers four great venues. There's the spectacular Millennium Gallery for art, crafts and history which is the most visited FREE attraction in the North of England. The Graves Gallery’s breath-taking collection of visual art spans centuries and continents. Local history is on show at Bishops' House. There's Weston Park Museum situated next to the University of Sheffield, mixing natural history with science and local geography. All free to get in, of course. For more on Sheffield Theatres and Museums Sheffield see Welcome to Sheffield – Theatres and Galleries.

Next to the Peace Gardens and the Millennium Galleries you'll find Sheffield's award-winning Winter Garden where you can explore 2,500 plants from around the world, catch an exhibition or have a coffee and put your feet up.

Kelham Island Museum was opened in 1982 to house the objects, pictures and archive material representing Sheffield's industrial story. Located in one of the city's oldest industrial districts, the Museum stands on a man-made island over 900 years old. Learn what it was like to live and work in Sheffield during the Industrial Revolution and follow the growth of the city through the Victorian Era and two world wars to see how steelmaking forged both the City of today and the world!

Our Favourite Places is a fantastic resource for ideas of where to go and what is currently going on in Sheffield. Equally useful for both a tourist and a local.

Make sure to check out our website, Welcome to Sheffield, for a deeper dive into everything mentioned here and more.

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