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What to See and Do in Sheffield - Museums, Galleries, and Gardens

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Must-see visitor attractions and experiences in and around Sheffield range from galleries filled with paintings and sculpture to lovingly tended parks and gardens. Not far from the city centre, aristocratic manors set in spacious grounds beckon visitors. You can see birds and beasts from all over the world in wildlife parks that strive to conserve iconic, endangered species.

Sheffield's museums and galleries


You can gain insight into Sheffield's history by visiting museums and art galleries like Weston Park. This imposing building houses permanent collections dedicated to local landscapes and cultures from the distant stone age to the age of steel. It's also home to an eclectic assortment of treasures ranging from fine cutlery to Japanese dolls. The Graves Gallery houses archaeological finds, Chinese ivories, and works of art by painters including Picasso, Gauguin, and Cézanne.


  • Weston Park Museum, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TP; Tel: +44 114 278 2600; Website: Weston Park Museum

  • Graves Gallery, Surrey Street, Sheffield S1 1XZ; Tel: +44 114 278 2600; Website: Graves Gallery

Parks in Sheffield


You'll find plenty of places in Sheffield where you can catch a breath of fresh air among expanses of lawns, flowers, and woodlands. The city's parks are most colourful in spring and summer, but they're pleasant places at any time of year. Roses and rhododendrons create vivid displays in green spaces like the Sheffield Botanical Garden, about a mile from central Sheffield. At Hillsborough Park, 3 miles northwest of the city centre, you can jog, play tennis, and stroll among ponds and wildlife areas in a historic walled garden.


  • Sheffield Botanical Garden, Clarkehouse Road, Sheffield S10 2LN; Tel: +44 114 268 6001; Website: Sheffield Botanical Garden

  • Hillsborough Park, Parkside Road, Sheffield S6 2B; Tel: +44 114 250 0500; Website: Hillsborough Park


Stately homes near Sheffield


At Renishaw Hall you can tour one of the world's most northerly vineyards, then sample white wine made from the estate's own grapes in the Gallery Café. The gracious mansion is surrounded by elegant Italianate gardens, lawns, and bluebell woods. Inside, it's full of works of art collected by generations of the Sitwell family, who have lived at Renishaw for almost 400 years. Gothic follies are dotted around the formal gardens at Wentworth Castle, where fallow deer roam in a wooded park.


  • Renishaw Hall, Renishaw, Sheffield S21 3WB; Tel: +44 1246 432 310; Website: Renishaw Hall

  • Wentworth Castle Garden, Lowe Lane, Stainborough S75 3ET; Tel: +44 1226 776 040; Website: Wentworth Castle Garden


Wildlife attractions near Sheffield


Dozens of bird and mammal species roam the Peak District National Park, within minutes of Sheffield's city streets. Attractions like the Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre let you get close to more exotic creatures like cuddly lemurs and meerkats, and handle snakes, tarantulas, and other creepy crawly critters. At Yorkshire Wildlife Park, you can walk through spacious enclosures where bigger beasts like lions, tigers, giraffes, and polar bears roam.



Barnsley museums and galleries


Around 20 miles from central Sheffield, you'll find an array of industrial heritage, cultural, and countryside attractions in and around Barnsley. In the centre of town, the Cooper Gallery displays paintings by English artists including J.M.W. Turner, Vanessa Bell, and Yorkshire maestro Atkinson Grimshaw. At Cannon Hall you can admire a Georgian mansion filled with fine furniture, pottery and glassware created by local artisans. The mansion stands in lavishly landscaped grounds full of lakes and streams.


  • Cooper Gallery, Church Street, Barnsley S70 2AH; Tel: +44 1226 242 905; Website: Cooper Gallery

  • Cannon Hall Museum, Park and Garden, Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, Barnsley S75 4AT; Tel: +44 1226 790 270; Website: Cannon Hall Museum, Park and Garden