Five things to do in Sheffield this weekend

So you’ve got a free weekend in the Steel City and you’re struggling for ideas on how to spend the next few days, well look no further than here!

So you’ve got a free weekend in the Steel City and you’re struggling for ideas on how to spend the next few days, well look no further than here!

Take a trip into the Peak District

The Peak District is home to some of England’s most beautiful landscapes and Sheffield is ideally located for you to see it! A quick car or bus journey away is the idyllic village of Castleton, which is perfect for walking and to forget the ways of the city for a day – take a trip up to Peveril Castle which is home to some spectacular views over the peaks before settling down for a nice pub meal and a proper Yorkshire Ale.  

The 272 runs from Ecclesall Road hourly and offers a quick route into Castleton.

Visit Weston Park Museum

Right in the city centre lies Weston Park museum, which has some fantastic exhibitions going on. Permanently are exhibitions including the self-explanatory Artic World, Sheffield Life and Times as-well as the What on Earth which focuses on nature and the Treasures exhibition – which showcases interesting extracts from across the world.

The special exhibition is ‘Colour Coded’, ‘created by Museums Sheffield and drawing on the city’s collections, celebrates the history, science and significance of colour throughout the ages’ – and is another thoroughly entertaining exhibition housed in this beautiful building. Don’t take the typical view that museums are boring or for kids, you’ll not regret popping here for a day.

Ecclesall Road

Take a trip up one of Sheffield’s most popular roads and sample its many restaurants and bars. Ecclesall Road is home to some lovely little restaurants, such as Maranello’s or Nonna’s and some well recommended pubs and bars namely the Nursery Tavern and The Mud Crab (which also does a fantastic burger). If you want a bit of shopping, Eccy Road also has that too or if you simply fancy a sit in the sun, go to the Botanical Gardens or make the trip up to the top end and sample Endcliffe Park.

Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre

Just a tad out of the city centre lies this fantastic attraction, which entertains adults and children alike and all for a great price.  Take a wander through the tropical butterfly house and watch as the butterflies, exotic birds and Egyptian fruit bats fly around you, as well as getting up close and personal with iguanas, spiders and scorpions. There are also meerkats, tortoises and birds of prey amongst many more amazing animals, highly recommended for an alternative day out for students – because we’re all still learning, right?

Rivelin Valley Nature Trail

Another one that depends on the weather but if it stays dry this weekend put on your walking boots and head literally just a moment out of the city centre. Hiding amongst the buildings is this nature trail which is secluded, tranquil and beautiful with a fantastic landscape, there’s a good chance you might get wet (especially if your balance is poor) but its great fun and its free!

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