There’s a symmetry to Sheffield’s industrial past and cultural present that’s more distinctive than in most cities. When Sheffield’s steel industry was at its height, the pollution generated by the factories meant that suburban developers took to the surrounding hills to create places to live, breathe and enjoy — and from there modern Sheffield slowly took shape.
Those Victorian parks make it one of the UK’s greenest cities while the regeneration of its factories makes it one of the most interesting. These days, the former factories house Sheffield’s thriving arts, cultural and culinary destinations, while you can venture hillside for parks, gardens, independent shops, restaurants and bars. It’s a city that has all the usual offerings of the modern bustling metropolis but also is also filled with areas of tranquility and real beauty.
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