A fresh perspective

A change of scenery in Sheffield 

We're the UK's greenest city, packed full of culture and vibrancy, with a famously friendly welcome, slap-bang in the middle of the UK which makes us an ideal place to bring people together, especially if your delegates and/or workforce are spread across the country.

So whether you're looking for a location with a bit of a difference for your next business event or national conference, somewhere to give the team a break from online meetings - or you’re already heading here or nearby and want to tack on a weekend away - then look no further.

When you need some fresh air for blue sky thinking or just a little headspace, you’re never far from some great places to unwind. And, if you really want to make the most of your down-time, be sure to explore our fantastic food scene and vibrant heritage and culture too… it might just make you want to stay longer.

Still need convincing? Read on for some more inspiration from The Outdoor City...

An abundance of green space

Sheffield is the 4th biggest city in the country and yet we have a whopping 61% greenspace, more trees per person than any other city in Europe and a 1/3 of the city is actually inside the Peak District National Park, so yep, that's probably the main reason we're The Outdoor City.

But it also means that it's really easy to have a morning jog or walk from the city centre out to one of our many parks, woodlands and wild spaces. And if you maybe feel like being a little more adventurous, you can take advantage of our wold-class climbing facilities (both indoor and outdoor), be a ParkRun tourist or hit some of renowned mountain biking trails, including the only inner city trail in the UK. 

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A woman climbing up a rock face as seen from above. She is clearly having fun and is determined to reach the top.
Runner in Meersbrook Park with cityscape view in the background
Exterior of coffee shop & bistro South Street Kitchen at Park Hill

Find your spot

If you need a space to do some work while you're away, then you'll need a spot where you can focus, but where the coffee is top notch too, like South Street Kitchen in the famous Park Hill development. 

Likewise, if you do your best business over breakfast/brunch/lunch or need a timeout for your team, you'll want an inspiring menu to impress your colleagues with plenty of choice for everyone attending. 

Luckily there's no short supply of great spots across Sheffield, and being the friendly city that we are, you'll always receive a warm welcome.

Discover our best brunch spots

Soak up the city life

We're a fiercely independent city with lots of quirks and charms. We are famous for the music that comes out of Sheffield - both past and present - so take some time to get acquainted with it and explore the local scene. Bear Tree records is a mainstay in the city, and often have signings and pop up events.

Or if you're more into digital and tech innovations, then why not share some memories with your networks by downloading the free Look Up app and exploring the rooftops and walls of prominent buildings in the city through some augmented reality fun?

Discover our culture
Hand with mobile phone held up in front of The Diamond Building, Sheffield, showing  Look Up AR art

Make your mark

For bigger business events and conferences, Sheffield has a strong portfolio of iconic venues and a relatively small city footprint, so there's not far to walk if you need a multi-venue layout. 

The Crucible Theatre is just one example, that has become part and parcel of some of our most well known events - like DocFest, one of the biggest international documentary film festivals that attracts delegates from all over the world. 

But if you don't know were to begin, our Conference Sheffield team are on hand to help you every step of the way, offering a free service to support business event organisers of all kinds.

Conference Sheffield

A place to invest

There's a suitable saying about Sheffield: it's big enough to get lost in, but small enough to feel like you can make a difference.

A lot of the businesses in this city have complementary qualities and specialisms - digital and tech companies like Razor started out focussing in advanced manufacturing, but have diversified to multiple sectors because their skill sets lend themselves well to other needs.

If you're setting up or growing a business then you should be paying us a visit and having a chat with our Business or Invest teams about how they can help.

Incubate & accelerate

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City breaks in Sheffield

You don't have to go far to experience Sheffield, The Outdoor City, where nature and culture go hand in hand. Come and see what could be part of your next great weekend away.

Future Talent

From apprentice right through to post graduate, the fact that two world-class Universities are based right here in the centre of the city means you're right in the mix with some of the best brains. 

City culture

In 3 words: culture, nature, friendliness. Find out what makes this city unique.

An alternative LGBTQ+ guide

An alternative LGBTQ+ guide to Sheffield by Andro & Eve

Sheffield City Centre

Sheffield's City Centre is undergoing significant change, but while you may see a few more cranes and building work going on in places, this shouldn't detract from all the amazing places there still are to discover. From attractions such as the Winter Garden, Millennium Gallery and Sheffield Theatres to independent shopping and an array of great places to eat and drink.

Move your business here

Whatever your business, Invest Sheffield is here to help get you connected to the right communities and organisations. From finding spaces for businesses to assisting with planning queries, supply chain links, recruitment, grant support and more.

Reasons to choose Sheffield

Discover the secrets of one of the UK’s most likeable cities – and why it might just be your ideal destination. You might be excused for thinking that we fly a little under the radar of other northern metropolises. But the city has long been quietly reinventing itself as the northern capital of cool.


Meet just a few of the folks who have a deep connection with Sheffield.

Funding information

The advertising campaign promoting City Breaks in Sheffield is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-shared-prosperity-fund-prospectus