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Sheffield in 24 A Travel bloggers guide to the City


Sheffield in 24

An action packed city adventure


Guide book to Sheffield

Despite having visited Sheffield twice before in the past it took an invitation from the Mercure “St Pauls Hotel and Spa” for me to truly discover what this oft overlooked UK city has to offer.

I was fortunate enough to be part of a group of travel and lifestyle bloggers to be invited for an action packed 24 hour city visit.

St Pauls Hotel and Spa, being Sheffield’s only 4 * Hotel, is the perfect spot to stay, being centrally located, and as if that wasn’t enough, it also boasts doors leading directly onto the fabulous Tropical Winter Gardens. Having stayed at the Mercure in the past I arrived early, check in is 2pm, in order to take full advantage of the hotels Spa and Pool, free to use for hotel guests, it also offers a range of therapies and massages at an additional cost. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the spa area has had a makeover, with both the steam sauna and dry sauna benefiting from a complete overhaul, this is the perfect way to unwind before heading out for the evening.

Town Hall Clock Tower

Helter Skelter Town Hall Gardens Sheffield

For anyone on a first time visit to Sheffield the Winter Garden is a must visit place, open to the public its full of pop up shops, cafes and a museum. It also offers seating areas in amongst the lush tropical planting where locals come to have their lunch, or to just sit awhile and relax. I was also reliably informed it is used as the location by TV crews carrying out interviews of snooker starts competing at the world famous Crucible theatre, again just a stone’s throw from the Mercure and visible from the gardens.

Winter Gardens

Winter Garden Cafe with view to the famous Crucible theatre.

Top Tip: Of course if you stay at the Mercure it’s on your doorstep!

We enjoyed a fabulous pre dinner drinks reception at the hotel where we got to sample a number of bespoke local gins, gin seems to be very much the drink of the moment, and these local distills didn’t disappoint. This was followed by a very good 3 course meal, but what really made the evening special was meeting fellow bloggers, Tracy from “The Naughty Forties Diaries Blog” @naughty_forties accompanied by her wonderful friend Sue, who spends most of her life moving from one fabulous house to another all over the UK in the name of house sitting, think I’m in the wrong job. Also met the wonderful Asma of @jetsetchick fame, accompanied by her wonderful husband Mo. All in all we had a blast and made some great new friends along the way!

Breakfast the next morning is served in the hotel restaurant, which, benefiting from a view directly onto the winter garden, you could almost believe you were in the tropics. The Saturday morning we were there would have proved a real treat for football fans, as the entire QPR first division team were staying at the hotel and all in the restaurant having breakfast. Must admit though, I thought they were cricket team until Tracey set me straight, no pun intended.

Following a leisurely breakfast we headed into the winter garden for a quick wander, before heading off on a Hotel arranged guided tour of the city center. Although the tour was led by the charismatic and dapper, in grey long coat, hotel concierge Philip, Tracey and Sue, being locals, proved an invaluable source of information on Sheffield’s history, both past and present. In fact, they proved so knowledgeable I would encourage The Mercure Sheffield to employ them to give any future planned tours of this vibrant and dynamic city.

Street busker

Contemporary stained glass and timber dome Sheffield Cathedral. At over a thousand years old the Cathedral is steeped in history and another must visit place.

The Frog & Parrot is an independent pub and micro brewery with eclectic interiors. It has an inset glass floor with views to the brewery below, Sue told me that!

The Frog & The Parrot

and Vintage shopping aplenty

In fact some of the streets reminded me of San Francisco with their quirky boutique shops and local craft brewery bars. Sheffield also has a hill or two, in common with SFO. They also have thing about elephants.

Be sure to ask about the elephants??

MoonKo is a great choice for those seeking bespoke and quirky gifts


Not forgetting a little bit of history , of which there is plenty. Love these wrought iron gates Sheffield City Hall.

Women of Steel statue next to the town hall marks and celebrates the women of Sheffield’s remarkable contribution to the war efforts during both world wars.

Or if you just fancy a some food and a coffee you will be spoiled for choice with lots of independent coffee shops and cafes.

Or how about an historical hair cut in this place, open since 1907 and still going strong?

If this visit achieved anything for me it was the happy realisation that I really need  to arrange a return visit, and a longer stay. There is just too much to see and do, too much even for an action packed flying visit. When I do, I know where I’m staying !

After a whistle stop tour of the city it was time to head back to The Mercure Hotel for a wonderful afternoon tea, yum!

How can you tell this is a table of bloggers? Well most all are glued to their phones Lol

A mountain of delicacies.

How could anyone resist such colorful temptations??


Sheffield may be many things, Vulgar its not. Quirky Shop Sign.

If you are looking for a city break, as UK destinations go I can heartily recommend Sheffield as deserving of your Stay Local City break.

Getting There

By Train

We took the train from Manchester Piccadilly links for timetable and tickets click this link

By car

Use the hotel specified NCP carpark for a hefty  discount on the list price 24 hour parking.


Staying There

Mercure St Pauls Hotel & Spa click this link for info and reservations


Great Blogs you should read and follow

To read Oliver’s blog click this link


To read Tracey’s Blog click this link


To read Asma’s Blog click this link


#StayLocal #Staycation #Sheffield

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  • Reply
    Tracey - Naughty Forty Diaries
    August 15, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Fabulous review , the photos are as expected amazing [thank you for the mention.]
    It was great to meet yourself and Oliver, Asma and Mo and hopefully well bump into each other again soon.
    I’m so glad you enjoyed Sheffield 🙂
    Tracey x

    • Reply
      August 16, 2017 at 8:35 am

      Hi Tracey,
      Great to meet yourself and Sue also, we had a blast. Hopefully see you soon either in Sheffield or Manchester!

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    August 15, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    This looks so great, I really need to go to Sheffield – its where my parents met! Looks like you had a lovely stay

    • Reply
      August 16, 2017 at 8:36 am

      Hi Erin,
      Its a great city and well worth a visit, stay at the Mercure its even better:)!!

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    August 15, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    One question if I may,did you see any memorials for the HMS Sheffield which was sunk during the Falkland War?
    I loved the Women of Steel statue and the Frog and Parrot has such a unique UK name…you should have bought a shot glass!!

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      August 16, 2017 at 8:38 am

      Hi Patrick,
      Thank you for taking the time to comment and glad you liked the post.
      Must admit i missed the Falklands memorial but then there was so much more that we just dint have time to do and see which is why i will most likely make a return visit in the not too distant future.

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    August 15, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    I haven’t been to Sheffield, but it looks great. I love the Winter Garden.

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      August 16, 2017 at 8:39 am

      Hi Kate,
      You are missing a trick, the Winter gardens alone are worth making the trip to Sheffield for 🙂

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    Mayah Camara
    August 15, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    I was recently in Shefield for work. I missed almost all of these places! I’ll have to check em out soon!

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      August 16, 2017 at 8:41 am

      All work no play, must return another day 😉 It really is a great City!

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    Steve KingUk
    August 16, 2017 at 10:41 am

    I haven’t been to Sheffield in over 20 years and it looks as though it has gone through quite a makeover!

    • Reply
      August 17, 2017 at 9:04 am

      Hi Steve,
      I guess you now have the perfect excuse to visit:)

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    August 16, 2017 at 10:59 am

    This is a brilliant overview of Sheffield! Despite living in North Yorkshire, I’ve never spent all that much time there aside from visiting Meadowhall, but your post has convinced me that I need to see more there. I hadn’t realised quite how much culture there was! Plus Cow Vintage is a massive draw for me!

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      August 17, 2017 at 9:03 am

      Hi Sian,
      Glad you liked the post and that it inspired you to want to re-visit!! Its actually full of Vintage shops to compliment the Cow store. Enjoy and let me know following your next visit if its really as cool a place as I think it is 🙂

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