From its beating cultural heart right out to its dramatic borders which skirt into the stunning Peak District; Sheffield is a green, friendly city bursting with vibrancy. Situated just over the border of the midlands in South Yorkshire, the city’s central location makes it one of the most accessible cities in the UK, perfectly placed for visitors from every corner of Britain and beyond with rapid, easy access via motorway, rail, and air. The population of the City of Sheffield is 563,749 (mid-2014 est.) and it is one of the eight largest regional English cities that make up the Core Cities Group. Sheffield is the third largest English district by population. The metropolitan population of Sheffield is 1,569,000.
Built on seven hills, the city’s landscape encompasses an eclectic mix of architecture, where old intertwines with new to reflect the city’s rich industrial heritage alongside new innovative design.
How to get to Sheffield
The city of Sheffield is located in the county of Yorkshire and is easily accessible from most major cities including London, Manchester and York. The main point of access is from the City’s train station which is located in the heart of the city centre and a short walk from the Congress venues.
The nearest international airport to Sheffield is Manchester Airport which connects to more than 200 destinations worldwide by 70 different airlines. The airport also has its own train station meaning visitors can easily catch the 1 hour train directly into Sheffield. You can book via the TransPennine Express Website.
The UK’s largest airports are based in London including Heathrow and Gatwick airports. Both airports are well connected to transport links into London. The main train station is London St Pancras from which it will take 2 hours to reach Sheffield by train.
We are pleased to be able to offer delegates the opportunity of purchasing discounted return rail travel when booking accommodation through our partner, Sheffield Marketing. Tickets are available when travelling with East Midlands Trains. Standard return £49.00, 1st class return £70.00.
Once in Sheffield, most of our city centre hotels are within walking distance of the train station but taxis are available outside of the station for those who have further to go. Taxis are run on meters and are reasonably priced. Sheffield also has the Uber taxi service and you will be able to book an Uber cab through the Uber app.
The Supertram has various stops across the city including the train station and stops close to the Conference venue making it an easy, cheap way to get around.
Where to stay
Voted as the top UK city for hotel customer service, Sheffield boasts a plentiful range of accommodation, with over 2000 hotel rooms available in the city centre all within walking distance of each other and the railway station.
We can offer the ‘Best Rate Available’ at a range of hotels across the city during the Congress week. Please click here to book your hotel. These rates include breakfast and are secured by a credit card for payment on arrival. We advise that you book early to ensure that your first choice hotel is available and to gain access to discounted rail travel tickets.
Where to eat
Sheffield has a great range of independent eateries offering all manner of cuisines and fusions ready to excite your taste buds. For those wanting a typically Yorkshire vibe with a twist, both The Milestone (based at Kelham Island) and Silversmiths (in the city centre) offer a broad menu of ever-changing gastro-pub dishes , all using locally sourced produce and served with style.
Great drinking can be encountered seconds after stepping off the train, with the atmospheric Sheffield Tap awaiting you on Platform 1 of Sheffield Station. This former Edwardian “refreshment room” has been lovingly restored to its original grade II listed grandeur, now with an added onsite microbrewery. One of the city’s best loved watering holes, the Tap is a fitting gateway into the city’s prolific brewing scene.
The recently opened Head of Steam is great new addition to the central district offering a vast choice of cask and craft, while out in the Devonshire Quarter, ROCO’s recently converted complex of Georgian townhouses has created a meeting hub for the city’s creative community complete with its own bar and deli style café. ROCO’s roof terrace in particular, is the perfect hideaway on a sunny day.
For cocktails, head to Division Street, where a stretch of vibrant bars are ready to cater to whatever tipple you require, though The Old House should get special mention for their alcoholic creations. Oh, and they really know their gin, with over 100 gin’s available behind the bar and a dedicated monthly gin school.
Where to visit
Sheffield’s reputation as a haven for brewing has been steadily growing in recognition, with the city even name-checked as a Britain’s Best Beer City in a tourism article by the New York Times.