City Guide to Sheffield, England from The Opportunistic Travelers
We realize Sheffield may not be on your list of top destinations. We spent a couple weeks just to the north of Sheffield and managed to see a fair bit of the city. Yes, it's gritty. Yes, it's a city that's been through transition. But it's not without its charm and culture. We enjoyed our time here and have put together this guide of what we did should you find yourself here with some time to pass.
England In Pictures
While in Sheffield, Sheila took 177 photos of the town and a few nearby cities. Below is a sampling of some of those from the area. The full set is on Flickr.
Places To Visit In Sheffield, England
It's a little grey and bleak in England, particularly in the winter. One way to beat that is to hang out at The Winter Garden, right in the middle of Sheffield.
Free museums area good way to while away the hours of a rainy day, and the Millennium Gallery is a good one. When we were there, three exhibitions were open
Before Sheffield was a steel town, it was a knife-sharpening town. No, not kidding. The power of water was typically used to mill grains, but here, it turns a series of belts that turn grinding wheels of different sizes.
There's still a working cinema, restaurant that serves up some tasty quick dishes, a full bar that will make beer nerds quite happy, a room for ping pong (and yes, probably beer pong), and a room set aside for performances. Wow!
Audio Expeditions For Sheffield, England
We've done a good job of not playing the "Engrish is funny" game while on the road. But that doesn't count if the words are actually in English, does it?
During our walk about the Earth, we've encountered a fair number of street musicians. And since we've always got an audio recorder on us... we recorded some of them. This week, it's a musical interlude on our show. Enjoy the sounds of a few street musicians we've met all across Europe!
One Minute Memories of Sheffield, England
It's hard to believe, but I've already released 50 One Minute Memories videos on YouTube. Short and beautiful, they tell a visual and aural story about a single moment of our travels, and they do it without spoken word.
This one is from our trip to Sheffield, England. It's a shot back up the road we just walked down on our way to More Hall Reservoir.
Shepherd Wheel is small, water-powered grinding workshop. This workshop was used to sharpen knives.
On our way to More Hall Reservoir, we saw this beautiful lane and decided it would be a perfect spot for a One Minute Memories video.
There haven't been many days that it hasn't rained on us since arriving in England.
There's not much to do for fun in the humble burg of Wharncliffe Side other than explore the outdoor, a tenuous activity in early spring. One clear (ish) day, we braved the mud and took a short hike up to More Hall Reservoir.
I'm really digging the trains in Europe. They are so peaceful.