City Guide


City Overview

Sheffield, known to the world as ‘Steel City’, is the UK’s 4th largest city and situated in South Yorkshire, in the north of England. The bustling city bursts with charm, creativeness and an alternative spirit that no other city can match.

Economy and Employment

As a competitive international city and an integral contributor to the Northern Powerhouse concept, Sheffield attracts talented people and inward investors.  With top digital growth rates in the region, the city has become a destination for digital-focused businesses and professionals. Sheffield City region is home to a range of flourishing business sectors including aerospace, healthcare and technology, nuclear, digital and rail. The education sector in Sheffield is the 7th largest in the UK.


Sheffield’s vast travel network covers every corner of the city, enabling people to get around at ease. You can use the easily accessible Supertram which has 2 main routes, both of which have regular stops throughout the city centre. Alternatively, you can hop on the local bus. If you are travelling to Sheffield from overseas you are spoilt for choice when choosing an airport, with 4 international airports under an hour’s drive away from the city.


Sheffield is home to two world-class universities, both of which provide the city with an academic and driven local workforce. The University of Sheffield is a Russell Group institution with a global reputation for excellence. Sheffield Hallam University is an applied university committed to practical solutions.


In the city, you’ll find quirky shopping districts which originate from local independent shops. Otherwise, you can take a stroll in the heart of the city centre and window shop in the unique boutiques and stop for a bite to eat in one of the many bars and restaurants. If you prefer large shopping centres, then you can visit Meadowhall, the largest shopping centre in Yorkshire where there will be plenty of restaurants and cafes to stop to refuel and rest your feet.

Leisure and Recreation

Sheffield is packed with culture and lots of fun places to visit. If you’re an outdoors lover you can enjoy a stroll in the beautiful enclosed winter garden, take a hike in the neighbouring Derbyshire Peak District or visit Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens. Alternatively, catch a live show in one of Sheffield’s elaborate theatres or visit the Millennium Gallery for an afternoon of culture.


In Sheffield, there is a selection of hotels allowing you to choose one to best suit your taste and budget. You can choose an ideal hotel to complete the rest of your stay, whether you’re seeking a simple budget hotel for your weekend away or if you are in the city celebrating big and want a hotel to match you can find some luxurious high-end hotels. Or if you’re looking for another form of accommodation you’re in the right place with B&Bs, cottages, campsites, hostels, and apartments on offer.

City Key Facts & Figures





GVA (Billions)

£ 11,831


Working Population



Employment Rate


Top 5 Business Sectors in Sheffield


Business Count by Size (%)


Key Employers

Employment by Occupation (%)


Local Transport


Doncaster Sheffield Airport

  • Main Roads: A61
  • Stagecoach Supertram
  • City Hall Station
  • Sheffield Interchange Station
  • Sheffield Train Station


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