One city, two cathedrals
Squeeze in a visit to one of the city’s two (yes, two) cathedrals – St Marie’s Cathedral and Sheffield Cathedral. St Marie’s has fine carving, sculptures and stained glass windows to be discovered, while over at Sheffield Cathedral highlights include the Tudor Shrewsbury Chapel, the Medieval Chancel and Sanctuary and the Regimental Chapel of St George. Guided tours can be booked at both, see sheffieldcathedral.org and stmariecathedral.org
A 900-year-old island
The man-made Kelham Island, in one of the city’s oldest industrial districts, is more than 900 years old, and home to the Kelham Island Museum, which tells the story of Sheffield’s role in the Industrial Revolution. It contains one of the few remaining Bessemer Converters in the world, as well as locally made vehicles, including the iconic Sheffield Simplex car. Group tours can be arranged, see simt.co.uk/kelham-island-museum – and while you’re there pop for a pint in the award-winning Kelham Island Brewery (kelhambrewery.co.uk), which offers brewery tours.
For plants and greenery head to the Grade II listed Sheffield Botanical Gardens (sbg.org.uk). Right now, rhododendrons can be seen dotting the woodland, and group tours can be arranged explaining the history of the 18 different garden areas – the Evolution Garden is home to fossil tree thought to be more than 300 million years old.