10 Intriguingly Offbeat Places in Sheffield, Yorkshire

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Sheffield, South Yorkshire’s great industrial city, which was once at the forefront of global steel production and later gave the world The Full Monty. A city rich in folklore and legend nestled at the foot of the Pennine Hills and bounded to the west by the spectacular Peak District National Park. It may not be the UK’s biggest tourist destination, but it’s no wonder that a city of Sheffield’s historic standing has its fair share of museums, galleries and other attractions. The Winter Gardens, Western Park and Kelham Island museums spring to mind. But there are other more offbeat places too. Some can be visited while others are strictly off-limits, but deserve a mention as Sheffield landmarks in their own right.

Sheffield Old Town Hall

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Located on Waingate in central Sheffield, the Old Town Hall (opened in 1808) has been abandoned since 1997. Its silent corridors reflect a past era in the Steel City’s history, while its wood-panelled Victorian court rooms and gloomy holding cells remain eerily intact. There’s a drive to save the deteriorating building which, if repurposed, would make for a welcome addition in a rundown corner of Sheffield city centre. Be sure to check out the Save Sheffield Old Town Hall website for more information. (Read more.)

The Megatron

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Arguably one of the most impressive Victorian storm drains in the UK and perhaps even the world, the cavernous space known as the Megatron is a little known man-made wonder beneath the streets of central Sheffield. Built in the 1860s, the brick-arched tunnels channelled Sheffield’s three rivers – the Don, Sheaf and Porter – below the bustle of the city’s roads. The space has been extensively documented by urban explorers, but official remains strictly off-limits. (Read more.)

The Old Queen’s Head

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Occupying the oldest domestic building in Sheffield, the Old Queen’s Head on Pond Hill dates to around 1475 and comes with its fair share of ghostly baggage. Thought to have been named after Mary Queen of Scots who was imprisoned in Sheffield from 1570 to 1584, the historic oak-beamed pub stands in stark contrast to the utilitarian bus interchange alongside. The Old Queen’s Head occupies land which had once belonged to George Talbot, the 6th Earl of Shrewsbury (husband of the enterprising Bess of Hardwick), custodian of Mary Queen of Scots in both Sheffield Castle and Manor Castle.


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