Set in the eastern foothills of the Pennines, Sheffield is the second largest City in the Yorkshire and Humber region and played a major role in the industrial revolution. The cutlery trade became a huge part of Sheffield when stainless steel was developed locally in 1912 by Harry Brearley. It increased the population tenfold and brought affordable cutlery to the masses. Because Sheffield was a source of military weapons and ammunition during the second World War, it became a target for bombing raids when many buildings were destroyed. Through the 50’s and 60’s, the city slums were replaced by huge housing schemes of modern flats updating the city considerably.
Home to the world’s oldest football club Sheffield FC and the World Snooker Championships, sports has always played a part in this vibrant City. Visit Sheffield Castle and Sheffield Manor where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned from 1570 to 1584. Spend time at the multi award-winning Winter Garden, one of the largest glasshouses to be built in the UK. Walk from here through the Millennium Square to the Millennium Galleries, which partners with the Tate, V&A and National Portrait Gallery to host some of the finest artwork in the world.
Children will love the Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre with shows of free flying birds of prey, parrots and more as well as a great adventure playground, an activity and craft centre, and wet play area. Take a visit to the huge Meadowhall Shopping Centre which you can follow up with all the family with a visit to the National Emergency Services Museum where the kids can clamber in and on different vehicles, have a fire engine ride, sit inside a police cell, look inside an ambulance and even see an RNLI boat. A family of two adults and two children costs just £22 so very affordable for everyone.