Sheffield - Much More than You'd ThinkDespite an image as a industrial steelworks full of male strippers, Sheffield is a beautiful city with much to offer.
The 4th biggest city in England, Sheffield is situated on the edge of the Peak District. (Like Rome!) it sits on seven hills and panoramic views can be enjoyed from all sides of the city. It is also one of the greenest cities in the country with the highest numbers of trees per head of population!
Recent regeneration has seen Sheffield emerge as a new cultural centre for the North. Sheffield Theatres hosts West-end touring productions and critically acclaimed drama. It is also the UK's largest arts complex outside London. There are four big art galleries.
With two large universities Sheffield has a lively student population of over 30,000. Sheffield University is among the top 5 in the country and is currently the most popular in terms of applications.
A big attraction for students is the Sheffield nightlife. There are numerous bars and clubs. Sheffield is home to the massively popular Gatecrasher @Republic, the dance superclub which has regular DJs such as Radio 1's Judge Jules, however there are also new innovative music nights,
Sheffield attracts many shoppers with Meadowhall, the largest shopping centre in the country, just a few minutes away. The city centre has been revitalised with the Peace Gardens providing a focal point. There are branches of all chain stores, indoor and outdoor markets and trendy arcades for designer clothing such as The Forum.
Sheffield is also famous as a city of sport. The superb athletics facilities at Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield Ski Village (the largest artificial ski resort in Europe) and the Olympic swimming pool at Ponds Forge gave Sheffield the honour of being the UK's first National City of Sport. There are two big football teams of Wednesday and United. The Sheffield Eagles Rugby League team, Steelers Ice Hockey team and the Sheffield Sharks' basketball provide a rich variety of sport in the city - there is also speedway, greyhound racing and horse-racing at Doncaster.