Carrying on with my Twelve Cities in Twelve Months series, today’s post is all about my recent trip to Sheffield City Centre, a Northern city that I was yet to explore before last weekend. 

As you may already know, if you read my January Twelve Cities in Twelve Months blog post, I have decided to set myself the goal of visiting twelve different cities throughout 2017. I love to travel and explore new places and so I felt this was a reasonable goal to achieve within a year, which will feed my travel cravings and allow me to explore and try new things. 

Last weekend, James, my brother and I hopped in the car and decided to have a day exploring Sheffield City Centre. I find it odd that I have never visited this city before, especially considering that it is just over an hour’s drive away from my front door. We didn’t have an agenda, nor indeed any plans for the day, which was a lovely way to explore the city as we just walked where we pleased and stopped as and when we fancied it. 

I didn’t have any pre-conceptions of the city, however I would describe it as more industrial that York, but with less going on than in Leeds. We enjoyed walking around the high streets and venturing off to little side streets that played host to some lovely independent coffee shops and thrift stores.

We stopped at a cute little coffee house that served the prettiest lattes and James’ gluten free salted caramel brownie was incredible. The d├ęcor was very on trend with bags of filter coffee acting as table numbers and little cacti sitting on the tables, each made of rustic, refurbished wood that gave off an air of relaxed sophistication. 

We had a wonder around a few of the shops and I spent a small fortune in Lush which I blame on the fact that it is a larger store with a bigger range of products than what we have in York. Be sure to expect a Lush haul soon! Sheffield had a huge range of thrift stores, which were fun to look around and mooch about in. We veered a little off track on our quest to find Primark and stumbled upon a huge indoor market that sold everything from fresh meat and fish to clothes, trinkets and fabrics.  

On our way back to the car we came across a beautiful building we discovered to be the Sheffield City Hall. After a few photographs and a walk through the fountains we ventured back through the streets to the car park and drove back to York. Although a short visit, I feel as though I have had a well-rounded impression of the City of Sheffield and I am glad that I am able to tick it off my list of places to see. 


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