Places to visit
Have a stroll around Kelham Island alongside the river Don and glipse into the industrial past of Sheffield! Do not miss the Kelham Island museum, where sophisticated machinery celebrating Sheffield's manufacturing achievements is displayed. At night Kelham Island area is lively with plenty of young people bar hopping, join them!
Winter Gardens & Millenium Gallery
If you have some extra time while exploring the city center, skip by the Winter Gardens: a massive glasshouse, containing more than 2000 plants from all over the world! Escape the busy streets of the city center to enjoy the greenery and art on display. The greenhouse can be directly accessed from the Millenium Gallery where both the works of local artistic talents, while also items and artifacts displaying Sheffield's past and present.
See roses bloom and, if you're brave enough, fight a steel bear in a bear pit in the Sheffield Botanical Gardens! Overall 18 different garden areas built throughout the years since the middle of the 19th century, with a variety of plants, each of which get their special place in the garden's landscapes.
Weston Park & Museum
Visit the first municipal park in the city and a student's green paradise right next to the University campus! Right beside the park - the Weston Park museum, visit it to find out about Sheffield's history from ancient times and till now!
If you have an extra day before or after the conference, jump on 272 or 257 bus to hike down some of the most picturesque trails of the Peak District! Vast hilly spaces will provide you with very much needed calm before (or after) the storm of the conference. Starting from Hope, Grindleford, Castleton, the trails take you to some fantastic peaks, opening up views onto the sunlit valleys!
Once you arrive in Sheffield, you may want to begin your acquaintance with the city having a vibrant walk starting from the university campus and down to the vibrant West Street, main hub of entertainment for students. Continue down the West Street deeper into the city center until you reach the Sheffield Cathedral, and then turn to Fargate to explore Town Hall and Peace Gardens, have a coffee and walk down to explore the Moor Street if you're looking to buy some souvenirs.
Sheffield is famous for its street arts, so if you're having a promenade past the Kelham Island or the Devoshire Green in the city center make sure not to miss the creative graffities! Visit the link to see the map of all the locations of street art pieces.
In case you get tired from all the networking at the conference, you can have a moment with the dead at the General Cemetry! It is a home to many important figures in Sheffield history such as Mark Firth, the steel manufacturer, and Samuel Holberry, the Chartist.