It is a surprising fact, but it would be difficult to find a city with more open green space than Sheffield. It is England’s greenest city with more than 200 parks, woodlands and gardens. It is also the only city within the UK to have a national park within its boundary – one third of our city lies within the Peak District National Park.
Over 44% of the city’s residents live within a five minute walk of a wood, and over half the population live within 15 minutes of open countryside, offering stunning scenery, walking, climbing, cycling and general outdoor life in the country.
A number of remarkable regeneration projects in recent years means that Sheffield is well and truly up to the standard of a modern European city, bursting with culture, entertainment, leisure and sport to suit all tastes and budgets.
Whether culture, history, shopping, sporting or outdoor pursuits are on your wish list, Sheffield has something to excite and interest you.
Sheffield is also a safe city and is the most peaceful urban area in England according to the Institute for Economics and Peace 2013. This is due in part to the high level of social cohesion as community engagement and integration of its diverse population has been a key factor for city leaders.
Its high student population of over 63,000, means that Sheffield has a vibrant feel and many enjoy their time here so much, that they stay in the city to work and raise their own families, giving Sheffield one of the country’s highest student retention rates as well as a highly qualified population.
For further information about what to do in Sheffield, take a look at the Visit Sheffield section of our website.