Known world wide as “The Steel City”, Sheffield was famous for its industry in the heyday of the 1900’s and remains a city of innovation to this day. Nevertheless, the smoking chimney stacks are no more and instead you’ll find a green, modern city set against the stunning backdrop of the Peak District National Park.
Sheffield is the most geographically diverse city in England. It nestles in the eastern foothills of the Pennines at the confluence of five rivers: the Don, Sheaf, Rivelin, Loxley and Porter. Much of the city is built on hillsides, with a third of it lying within the Peak District.
Sheffield has a friendly, independent and alternative spirit that you won’t find in other cities, alongside a thriving cultural scene boasting award-winning theatre, beer, music, festivals, street art and so much more. It’s all here waiting for you: Welcome to Sheffield.
The Green City
Sheffield has more trees per person than any city in Europe. It has over 170 woodlands, 78 public parks 10 public gardens. Added to over 134.66 sq km of national park and 11 sq km of water this means that more than 60% of the city is greenspace.
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Sheffield Botanical Gardens
A few minutes stroll from our venue, Sheffield Botanical Gardens were opened in 1836 and now cover 19 acres on a south-west sloping site. The Gardens are listed by English Heritage as a Grade II site of special historic and architectural interest. The Grade 2 Glass Pavilions house an amazing collection of plants from the temperate areas of the world and provide a wonderful backdrop for the sweeping lawns with their magnificent trees and central Broadwalk.
Winding paths allow you to explore over 18 different garden areas based on geographical or botanical themes. Much loved by children of all ages is a rare Grade II listed Bear Pit which can be found hidden between the recently renovated Mediterranean and Himalayan gardens. A well-preserved fossil of a tree-like Lepidodendron (up to 312 million years old) is displayed in the Evolution garden.
From the traditional layout of the Victorian Rose garden to the Prairie style area designed by Professors James Hitchmough and Nigel Dunnett, there is plenty of interest for the visitor throughout the year. The Gardens should certainly be looking their best for our Spring Tango Festival! Entry is free.