Sheffield – probably Europe’s greenest city

19.02.2016

Many Sheffield locals say that the city is a lot like Rome – built on seven hills. But, in fact, there are far more. Almost like a natural amphitheatre, you can look down on the centre from many positions in the city and see the five rivers that divide Sheffield into segments. 

„Outdoor City“ Sheffield

Wyming Brook

With more than 250 woods, parks and gardens, Sheffield can claim to be the greenest city in Europe. The combination of urban space and nature makes Sheffield fabulous for outdoor activities. The Outdoor City Weekender is taking place here from 11 – 13 March 2016. This event is perfect for anyone who likes to climb, hike, cycle  - or take the more leisurely option and watch others do the hard work. The Adventure Film Festival ShAFF takes place at the same time. The outdoor event has plenty to offer for families, too. For more information and details of the programme, visit: 

The cradle of the steel industry

Peace Gardens Sheffield

From the second half of the 18th century on, Sheffield was the cradle of the English steel industry. Most people are familiar with stainless steel but very few are aware of the connection with Sheffield. The steel industry also secured the city’s position as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution; the very first trade unions were set up here in response to the appalling working conditions. The city is also home to the oldest football club in the world, FC Sheffield, which was founded in 1857. Visitors interested in finding out more about the city’s industrial past should definitely pop into the open-air museum Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet. 

There are very few ancient or medieval buildings in Sheffield; most of the city’s historical buildings were demolished long ago to make way for industrialisation, and what was left was destroyed by the collapse of a dam wall of one of the city’s reservoirs in 1864 and the German bombing attacks. In the 1950s and 60s many run-down neighbourhoods were replaced with new social housing schemes. 

Key sights include the Bishops’ House, a half-timbered building dating back to around 1500, and Sheffield Cathedral. The Town Hall, built in 1897, is an impressive example of Victorian civic architecture. 

Sheffield Sound: home for a wide range of music styles

Sheffield, the birthplace of Joe Cocker, has more than half a million inhabitants, making it one of the eight largest cities in Britain. It is also home to many famous bands and musicians, and played a key role in the emergence of electronic music. In the early 90s, Sheffield Sound was a widely recognised term. 

The university is also a hotbed for the latest music: the students’ union at Sheffield Hallam University runs the National Centre for Popular Music (founded in 1999) as a venue for live events. Sheffield is home to two respected universities with around 65,000 students jointly, a key target audience for the city’s wide choice of gigs and music clubs. 

Airport

As from 25 March, the British airline Flybe will be flying four times a week to the city in South Yorkshire. Flights leave Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 11.05 from Tegel and land at 12.05 local time at the Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield, the former military airfield RAF Finningley. The airport reopened in 2005 and was named after the legendary late medieval character, Robin Hood – who throughout the 20th century became increasingly famous thanks to a string of films. The Sunday flight starts one hour later than the weekday flights. 

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