Just minutes away from the ever-popular Peak District, the city of Sheffield in South Yorkshire is a vibrant metropolis with a big student population, thanks to the world-class University of Sheffield located right in town. It may seem like an unlikely holiday destination, but this former hub for steel production was recently dubbed Britain's best value city break by TripAdvisor. If you're after low-cost hotels, inexpensive meals and cheap tickets to the top attractions, Sheffield is right up your street. On top of that, it also boasts a serene Botanical Garden, a buzzing nightlife scene and a wealth of great museums and sights.
Apart from its industrial past, Sheffield is also known for its ability to produce some of the most prominent musicians in the world. Case in point? Def Leppard, Arctic Monkeys, Jarvis Cocker and the Human League all hail from here. The city is also home to dozens of popular music venues, from the massive O2 Academy Sheffield to the more intimate The Grapes pub, where you'll find regulars singing along to the live acoustic music. To hear from some up-and-coming local acts, go for a night out at Plug Sheffield on Matilda Street. You can also catch a concert at The Leadmill, which offers film and comedy shows as well.
Sheffield Legends, located just outside the Town Hall, is this city's own Walk of Fame, featuring plaques of all the famous people connected to Sheffield. Pay it a visit and see how many names you recognise!