This busy city is packed with exciting things to do, including live acts at popular venues like Sheffield Arena and O2 Academy. Take a walk around the Peace Gardens, Millennium Galleries and one of the largest glasshouses in Europe, Winter Garden.
Sheffield takes its name from the River Sheaf. It was once called the Sceaf, which means border so it was the border river. Sheffield was founded in the early 12th century by the Lord of the manor, William de Lovetot. He built a castle on the site of Castle Market. The Lord also built a church on the site of Sheffield Cathedral. A little town grew up between the castle and the church. Sheffield became far more famous for its cutlery. Before 1500 watermills were adapted to grinding tools and the cutlery trade boomed. By 1600 Sheffield was the main town in England (apart from London) for cutlery. In 18th century Sheffield industry boomed. Sheffield was noted for its iron industry which especially came to the fore in World War 2 where steel was made for artillery, planes and tanks within the city. Towards the end of the 20th Century the traditional industries in Sheffield such as iron, steel and cutlery declined in the 20th century. As in other cities there was a shift away from employment in manufacturing industries to jobs in service industries.
Today Sheffield is the main city in South Yorkshire and one of the larger cities in the North. It has moved away slightly from its industrial past but remains proud of its heritage and is known as the Steel City. Some of the best plays (and World Championship Snooker) can be seen at the Crucible Theatre and The Lyceum who welcome thousands of visitors through their doors each year. The Millennium Gallery and The Peace Gardens demonstrate how the city has developed in modern times and serve the community as must see attractions in the city centre. The city comes alive an night with throngs of revelers moving along West Street and some of the best live music available down at The Leadmill. The city also hosts world class aquatics events at Ponds Forge.
Parking with Q-Park in Sheffield provides a safe and secure facility for customers to leave their car in as they explore Sheffield from a central location.