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Sheffield

England

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. 

Musical Heritage

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! 

Peak District

One of the biggest draws of Sheffield is the fact that it's steps away from the picturesque Peak District, arguably the most beautiful region in England. This 1,437-square-kilometre national park consists of steep limestone valleys, rolling green hills and mysterious moorland, all of which is accessible by numerous walking trails that are perfect for outdoor adventures.  

Getting to the Peak District

  • By train: The Hope Valley line runs between Sheffield and Manchester and stops at Derwent, Hope and Edale valleys in the Peak District.
  • By car: If you're heading to the park by car from Sheffield, it's about 20 minutes away. Be sure to have a drive along the Snake Pass, which has been described as one of the best driving roads ever (the scenery really is spectacular.)
  • By bus: Take the 271/272 from Hunters Bar in Sheffield to the village of Castleton, in the High Peak district of Derbyshire (about 40 mins). Here you'll find the Norman  ruins of Peveril Castle, built in 1086 for one of William the Conqueror's knights. You can also hop on the 65 bus to Eyam or Tideswell. Head to the official Peak District website for many more bus route options.

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