Sheffield is a pretty northern city with an elegant mixture of old and new architecture. You’ll find the iconic university building “The Diamond” or the magnificent Winter Garden design contrasting with the Victorian town hall and earlier buildings.
A Super Tram network makes it easy to access different areas in and around the city. The city is also in a convenient location to delve into the Peak District. Here are our top picks for elderly visitors to Sheffield.
1. Sheffield Winter Garden
Come rain or shine, this green hideaway is a hidden gem in plain sight. Located in the heart of the city, offers a relaxing slice of paradise amongst the tropical plants, even in the midst of winter.
Open from 8am – 8pm throughout the week, and 8am-6pm on Sundays, take advantage of free access every day of the year except Christmas Day.
2. Millennium Gallery
The Millennium Gallery is located just next to the Winter Garden. It’s also free and is open every day, coming with wheelchair access and an onsite cafe. There are plenty of interesting exhibits to see inside, at a convenient size that doesn’t take too long to get around. A fascinating stop not to be missed.
3. Sheffield Town Hall & Peace Gardens
The Town Hall, originally built in the 1890’s, is a fine example of Victorian architecture. It is as pretty on the inside as it is out. From Monday to Friday you can take a look inside, or on the weekend, simply enjoy the Peace Gardens instead which host a number of events throughout the year.
4. Bishop’s House
The Bishop’s house is a Grade II listed building constructed in the 1500s. It has served as a museum since 1976. It is open to visitors on the weekends from 10am-4pm and often hosts different events throughout the year.
This is a wonderful place to glimpse into the past as it is the oldest surviving timber frame house in the area. Inside, it’s full of old relics and interesting exhibits.
5. Forge Dam Park
For a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, take a trip to Forge Dam Park. Located just 20 minutes away from the city, you’re able to take a walk through nature. The park has great accessibility. There are wheelchair friendly walkways, as well as longer and shorter circular paths. They cater for all walking abilities at Forge Dam Park. There is also a lovely cafe if you’d rather sit on the Terrance than take a walk.
6. The Nochols Building
For those in to their retro, antique and second hand items, nothing will please them more than a stroll around the Nichols Building. Full of weird and wonderful art and ancient finds, this building is a tumbling maze of unique and antique treasures set in an old tea blending and coffee roasting building.
You could spend hours exploring the sprawl! You’ll also love Bradley’s Cafe on the first floor, a great place to eat and drink.
7. Kelham Island Quarter & Museum
Kelham Island is an old industrial area sectioned off by a mill race fed from the river Don that would have powered the mill wheels. The industrial feel never really left, but the old workshops and mills now hold exciting new businesses. You’ll find:
- Quirky shops and eateries.
- The quarter’s
- A depicting the history of Sheffield and this lively neighbourhood.
There are plenty of places to stop of and sit down or grab a bite. If you visit on the first Friday and Saturday of the month, you’ll also catch the local Peddlers Market full of local food and craft stalls.
8. The Botanical Gardens
The Botanical Gardens are still home to a variety of plants and winding paths that take you through the different worldly gardens. It is a Grade II listed site due to the beautiful glass pavilions which house a collection of temperate plants from across the globe. There is also the Grade II listed bear pit, a throwback to the days it was also considered a zoo.
There are plenty of shows and events throughout the year for all ages. Entrance is usually free and .
9. The Peak District
Right on the doorstep of Sheffield you have the breathtaking Peak District. With hundreds of trails for different abilities, even the less mobile can enjoy a short stroll through this stunning backdrop. Alternatively, take advantage of other accessible events or plan something unique by contacting one of the visitors centres.
10. The Crucible Theatre
Home of the World Snooker Championships. The Crucible is also the largest producing theatre complex outside of London. With several great shows on throughout the year, enjoy a lovely evening at the theatre to round off your trip.
Of course, you should tie it in with the Snooker Championships, if that’s your thing!
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