Flights to Sheffield
Named after the River Sheaf which runs through the city, Sheffield is a large city in South Yorkshire, northern England. Historically Sheffield was best known as a major steel producing city though today it has plenty of cultural attractions and sights to see.
Sheffield is about 29 kilometres away from the nearest major airport, Robin Hood Airport Doncaster Sheffield (airport code: DSA). It handles mainly seasonal and budget airline traffic but you can get flights to Sheffield when coming from Johannesburg. You’ll get the same flights to Sheffield with either Virgin Atlantic or British Airways with stops in London and Belfast. You can also get a flight to Sheffield with United Airlines, and take another route through New York City and Dublin which is a much longer flight.
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The Tourist Attractions of Sheffield:
Although within the UK Sheffield is best known as an industrial city it’s really shaken this industrial past and now offers a good selection of tourist attractions. Culturally speaking there’s lots to do in Sheffield with theatres, and numerous music venues, plus there are museums, historic buildings and tons of greenspace.
Museums in Sheffield
Sheffield has a variety of museums, some of which concentrate on the city’s industrial heritage, while others are focused on art. The three that you should visited if interested in industry are the Kelham Island Museum, Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, and the Shepherd Wheel.
In contrast you can visit the popular Weston Park Museum. As the name suggests this museum is situated next to one of Sheffield’s many parks, Weston Park, and it’s a museum that exhibits both historical and social items including the archaeology and natural history of Sheffield. The building is an impressive, historic listed building in the neo-Classical style.
Another impressive building is Bishops’ House. This is a half timber framed home that has been a museum since 1976. It was built in 1500 and today shows exhibits of life in the 16th and 17th centuries.
For art lovers there are two museums in Sheffield, the Millennium Galleries and Graves Art Gallery. The latter exhibits art from the 19th and 20th century, from British and European artists, while the Millennium Galleries has a diverse collection of different arts.
Sheffield Winter Garden
Adjacent to the Millennium Galleries is Sheffield Winter Garden. The Winter Garden is a huge glasshouse that holds over 2000 plants from around the world and some of the bedding plants are changed to reflect the seasons through the year. In the summer it is usually a little cooler in here than outside, while in the winter it’s warmer so a great place to wander around on a chilly day.
When Should You Visit?:
The warmest and driest month to visit Sheffield is July when the average high temperature is just below 21C and there are the most hours of sunshine for any month in the year. If you come in early or late summer you should also get warm weather, but by October the temperatures are cooling down, rainfall is higher and there’s less sunshine. Winters are mild but damp with December being the wettest month, and January the coldest.