Couple kayaking in Kelham Island on the River Don towards Ball Street Bridge, with city view in the background Couple kayaking towards Ball Street bridge on the River Don in Kelham Island

Once the beating heart of industry, Kelham Island is one of Sheffield’s oldest manufacturing sites, formed over 900 years ago, when a stream was diverted to power a nearby mill.

This manmade island was at the very forefront of the Industrial Revolution in the 1900s, but as times changed, industrial activity moved away, leaving the remains of numerous cutlery and steel works, factories and workshops.

Along lanes that cross the River Don, it's these buildings that give the area its distinct charm, except now they house everything from indie shopping arcades and food halls to microbreweries and galleries, while striking street art intersperses the spaces in-between...

One of the world's coolest neighbourhoods…

Several residential developments have helped breath new life into the Kelham Island, along with an array of unique and vibrant independent pubs, bars, cafes, shops and restaurants.

Where these businesses have thrived, more have followed and Kelham Island has steadily transitioned into one of the most exciting parts of Sheffield and (according to TimeOut Magazine and The Sunday Times) is now considered one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the UK, and even the world. 

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A large brick wall, in Kelham Island, decorated with bright and cheerful street art.
people enjoying the sunny exterior of Alder Sheffield in Kelham Island
An exterior shot of The Fat Cat Pub in Kelham Island.

Look Up in Kelham Island

Sheffield's free, augmented reality art gallery has come to Kelham Island with a new piece of AR art available to see above restaurant Domo, in Citu's Little Kelham complex. 

The piece is by acclaimed Sheffield artist, Corbin Shaw, who is noted for his work exploring ideas of masculinity through the medium of textiles...

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Indie shopping in Kelham

The DIY ethos of the area spreads into all the bespoke little shops you'll find dotted around. Here's a brief overview to get you started.

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Craft beer for me please

Heist Brew Co.

Heist Brewery have converted this former factory into an airy, bright taproom and bar. With over 30 beers on tap (plus 100 in cans and bottles), wine, spirits and retro soft drinks, arcade games and shuffleboard, plus Slap & Pickle serving up their signature burgers.

The Gardeners Rest

The Gardeners Rest is a community run pub in Neepsend, Sheffield. They pride themselves on the high quality of the beer selection and the regular arts and musical events held in the pub.


Alder is a cracking place to hang out. They are a brewery, pub, bar and events space down in Neepsend/Kelham Island, with a unique community spirit, greet beer and friendly vibes.

The Fat Cat

Renowned for its quality real ales, traditional pub atmosphere and industrial setting, in the heart of Kelham Island.

Kelham Island Tavern

With carved wooden bar, tiled floors and leafy beer garden, this is a proper pub with a renowned wide range of real ales that changes all the time- so there's always something new to sup.


One of Sheffield’s oldest and finest traditional pubs. Still standing from the 1830s, it oozes character and charisma, whilst also offering an excellent selection of real ales, wines and a very fine rum menu to top it off.

The Old Workshop

The Old Workshop is a fully vegan bar, with all their beers, wines, cocktails and other drinks suitable for vegans, including a constantly changing guest keg beer list.

SALT Sheffield

Specialising in beer and bao buns, SALT Sheffield is one of the taprooms for Yorkshire brewery. The brewery is named after the pioneering industrialist who built the village that SALT first called home, so it's fitting that their Sheffield brew bar is also based in historic Kelham Island.

Great places to eat...


Specialising in Sardinian soul food in the heart of Little Kelham, this family run gem delivers an authentic and vast variety of dishes. A beautiful outside seating area is perfect for aperitivos in the sun.

The Grind Café

Situated in the heart of Sheffield’s bustling Kelham Island, The Grind Café is an award-winning, independently owned, boutique café and bar, serving expertly brewed coffee, carefully crafted cocktails, tasty treats baked on-site daily, and a delicious menu bursting with flavour.


A lively party spot with Mexicana vibes, Piña owner/founder Joe experienced first-hand the amazing cuisine and culture on a Mexico trip back in 2016, and just had to bring it back to Sheffield. So, expect plenty of (high quality 100% agave-based) tequila, mezcal and, of course, delicious tacos.

Gaard Coffee Hide

A place to retreat to, drink great coffee and sample the finest vegan pastries, Gaard Coffee hide is a small and cosy coffee shop tucked away on Burton Road.

Saw Grinders Union

A beautiful repurposed space and cobbled courtyard, combining their passion for heritage with an equal passion for coffee, beer, cocktails, and burgers. 

Church - Temple of Fun

Owned by Oli Sykes, frontman of band Bring Me The Horizon and a passionate vegan, Church is a 100% vegan bar and restaurant in Kelham Island, housed in the historic Osborn Works.

Craft & Dough, Kelham Island

Craft & Dough's innovative artisan pizzas are all made fresh and served alongside the finest craft beers available. They also have a fantastic range of vegetarian, vegan & gluten free options.