A Day Out to Sheffield: How to Get There by Train

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Written by our web team

7 min read | 21 November 2023

Sheffield is a lively city that offers something for everyone. Since making its name in the Industrial Revolution, this destination has transformed. These days, Sheffield’s history is a stark contrast to the thriving cultural and creative scene.

Pack your sense of curiosity, hop on an Avanti West Coast train, and enjoy a day out in Sheffield.

Why you should visit Sheffield

Having one of the UK’s major industrial centres, Sheffield’s deep history has developed into a unique architecture and culture.

The northern city’s economy grew thanks to its steel manufacturing sector. Next to the beautiful Peak District National Park, there's plenty of outdoor adventure to enjoy here too.

Sheffield also hosts a range of events throughout the year. This makes it a great destination to visit in any season. Sample local dishes at the Food Festival in May. Enjoy the high-energy music at the Tramlines Festival in July. Get your running shoes on for the Sheffield 10K race in September.

With Avanti West Coast, it’s easy to plan a day out in Sheffield. Affordable, comfortable and convenient trains connect to major destinations across the country. Travel from Manchester in one hour or London Euston in two and a half hours and enjoy plenty of things to do in Sheffield.
Sheffield train station and tram stop

Things to do in Sheffield

Whether you’re visiting for a day or a week, you’ll never be short of fun activities in Sheffield.

Watch a show at Crucible Theatre

The Crucible Theatre is a cultural institution that’s renowned for its distinctive stage design. Set in the round, every audience member is less than 20 metres away from the world-class productions that play here.

Essential info

Address: 55 Norfolk St, Sheffield S1 1DA

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 8pm.

Nearest train station: Sheffield Station, from where you can take the tram to Castle Square or Cathedral.

Explore the Millennium Gallery

This remarkable free gallery showcases Sheffield’s art and culture. Think contemporary design to timeless classics, you can find the iconic metalwork that made the city famous here.

The celebrated Guild of St George’s Ruskin collection has residency here. Alongside plenty of complimentary temporary exhibitions.

Essential info

Address: Arundel Gate, Sheffield S1 2PP

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Sunday, 11am to 4pm.

Nearest Train Station: Sheffield Station is a 10-minute walk away.

Enjoy live music at the Leadmill

The Leadmill is an award-winning live music venue and nightclub. It has welcomed world-class bands and emerging talent for more than 40 years. From live gigs to hilarious comedy acts, the Leadmill has a dynamic lineup of events that cater to diverse tastes.

Essential info

Address: 6 Leadmill Road, Sheffield S1 4SE

Opening hours: These vary depending on events.

Nearest Train Station: Sheffield Station is a five-minute walk away.

Family day out activities in Sheffield

In the school holidays or on a weekend away, Sheffield has plenty to keep your children occupied.

Tropical Butterfly House Wildlife Conservation Park

Be enchanted on a visit to Sheffield's Tropical Butterfly House Wildlife Conservation Park. Perfect for a family day out in Sheffield, this unique attraction is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts of all ages.

Encounter a diverse range of creatures and enjoy interactive exhibits and wildlife encounters.

Essential info

Address: Woodsetts Rd, North Anston, Sheffield S25 4EQ

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm. Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm.

Nearest Train Station: Kiveton Park.

Weston Park Museum

Weston Park Museum is a treasure trove of art, history and interactive exhibits that cater to visitors of all ages. With a variety of galleries to explore, adults and kids alike can enjoy.

From ancient treasures to wildlife wonders. Weston Park Museum promises an enriching and fun experience for the entire family.

Essential info

Address: Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TP

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Sundays, 11am to 4pm.

Nearest Train Station: Sheffield Station, from where you can take a tram to Sheffield University.

Mayfield Alpacas Animal Park

For a heartwarming day out, you need to visit Sheffield's Mayfield Alpacas Animal Park. This hidden gem will get you up close and personal with these charming and curious creatures.

Feed and pet these gentle animals to learn about their unique personalities and habits. Stroll through scenic fields and breathe in the fresh countryside air.

Essential info

Address: Mayfield Farm, Fulwood Ln, Sheffield S10 4JF

Opening hours: Every day, 10am to 4pm.

Nearest Train Station: Sheffield Station.
A tram travels through Sheffield city centre

Places to visit in Sheffield

Even if you get no further than Sheffield City Centre, you’ll have a great day out. From the Peace Gardens to escape rooms, there are lots of cool places to visit in the heart of the city and beyond.

Sheffield Cathedral

The oldest building in the city, Sheffield Cathedral is a great place to visit if you want to find out more about the local history. Guided tours and special events such as light shows and Christmas Tree Festivals are also available to enjoy here.

Essential info

Address: Sheffield Cathedral, Church Street, Sheffield, S1 1HA

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5:30pm. Saturday, 9:30am to 4pm and Sunday, 7:30am to 5pm.

Nearest Train Station: Sheffield Station, from where you can catch a tram to the Cathedral stop.

Botanical Gardens

A visit to Sheffield's Botanical Gardens is a journey into tranquillity and natural beauty. This lush oasis offers respite from the urban hustle and bustle. Meander through beautiful gardens and spot exotic plant collections.

Essential info

Address: Clarkehouse Rd, Sheffield S10 2LN

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 7:45pm. Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 7:45pm (season dependent)

Nearest Train Station: Sheffield Station, then take the tram to Paternoster Row.

Kelham Island

Kelham Island has earned its reputation as one of the UK’s liveliest neighbourhoods. A vibrant riverside hub, the old industrial buildings now house a mix of indie shopping arcades, food courts, and galleries.

Plus, Kelham Island Museum tells the story of Sheffield's industrial heritage. It's also home to artefacts like the River Don steam engine.

Essential info

Address: Kelham Island

Opening hours (museum): Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Sunday, 11am to 4pm.

Nearest Train Station: Sheffield Station, then take the tram to Shalesmoor.
The exterior of Sheffield Cathedral

Getting to and from Sheffield by train with Avanti

A place for art lovers, history enthusiasts, and nature explorers alike, if you're looking for a fun day out, Sheffield has something for everyone. To get there comfortably for less, check out the Railcard and Advanced Ticket booking options.

With convenient train services from across the UK, we’ll make sure your day trip here is great from start to finish.

Buy train tickets for your next journey

Buying through our website or app saves you money because we never charge booking fees.

To take a look at more ways to save including using a Railcard, booking in advance, and booking as a group, visit our ways to save page.

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