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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Address: Mayfield Farm, Fulwood Ln, Sheffield S10 4JF
Opening hours: Every day, 10am to 4pm.
Nearest Train Station: Sheffield Station.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.