Sheffield’s history and heritage
Sheffield, or alternatively ‘The City of Steel’, is a place with an incredibly rich and diverse history. Major changes came with the Industrial Revolution, which saw the population of this city boom as workers flocked to work in the city’s factories and mills. And if it’s Sheffield’s Industrial history that you’re interested in, then Kelham Island Museum is the perfect spot to explore the history of making in the city.
Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens, situated close to the city centre, is another destination within the city well worth a visit. Opened in 1836, the gardens are now free to visit. Listed by English Heritage as a Grade II site of special historic and architectural interest, there are over 18 areas of different planting and buildings to explore. The Rock and Water Garden, Mediterranean Climate Garden, Rose Garden and Himalayan Garden are just a few examples of the stunning and diverse gardens which visitors can enjoy exploring.
Part of the everyday cityscape, but not to be overlooked, is one of the city’s oldest and one of just five Grade I listed buildings in the city - Sheffield Cathedral. With captivating architecture, spectacular stained glass and magnificent furnishings, several visits are in order to truly take it all in. This remarkable building not only tells the stories of the city’s Christian faith throughout the years, it also tells the story of the city itself, going right back to the early 12th century when the township of Sheffield was first established. It’s a highlight of the city not to be missed!