Like many English cities, Sheffield owes its modern day position as a major urban centre to its industrial past, having pioneered advances in the production of crucible steel in the 18th century and stainless steel in the early 20th century. Although manufacturing in Sheffield has ceased to be the major industry it once was, such is the strength of its historical connection to metalwork that Sheffield United Football Club are still known by their nickname “the blades” and the city’s ice hockey team are named the Sheffield Steelers.
Perhaps surprisingly for a city with such a strong industrial heritage, Sheffield has a reputation for being England’s greenest city. Travellers taking cheap flights to Sheffield will discover a leafy town, with more trees per person than any other city in Europe spread across its 78 public parks, 10 public gardens, more than 170 woodlands and more than 134 square kilometres of national park land. In fact, it has been estimated that 61 percent of the city is green space. With more than a third of Sheffield overlapping the stunning Peak District National Park, the city is an excellent destination for hikers and nature lovers.
With a temperate climate typical of England, the summer months of July and August are usually the warmest and driest and the winter months of December, January and February the coldest and wettest, although rain may occur throughout the year.
Sheffield sees most tourism in the summer months, when weather is most likely to be warmest and driest and the majority of outdoor events such as festivals take place.
Tourism is usually lowest in Sheffield during the winter months, when the weather is coldest and there is the greatest likelihood of rain.
Much work has been undertaken in Sheffield’s city centre to aid pedestrian access, and many sites are reachable on foot without difficulty.
However, the city is also served by a tram network named Supertram, operated by the Stagecoach company which offers routes from the city centre toward the city’s north-eastern, north-western and south-eastern margins.
The city also has many public bus routes, run by the First and Stagecoach companies, as well as suburban and intercity rail services from Sheffield station.