Top reasons to love Sheffield

The Peace Gardens in Sheffield city centre.

The Peace Gardens in Sheffield city centre.


Henderson’s Relish and friendly folk are two of the top things people love most about Sheffield.

The Sheffield sauce – which can transform ordinary dinners into gourmet meals – and Sheffielders both rank highly with Star readers when we asked why you think the city is great.

The close proximity of Sheffield to the countryside and the city’s parks, especially the Peace Gardens and Winter Garden, are also much loved.

On The Star’s website – – Taxi9651 wrote: “The best thing about Sheffield is the good nature, resilience, friendliness and willingness to help of ordinary born and bred Sheffielders who get on and do things when others put obstacles in the way.”

He said the Sheffield Half Marathon when residents came to the aid of runners and provided water and volunteers who ensured students enjoyed the World Student Games in 1991 showed . “All done instinctively because it needed doing and it was the right thing to do,” he said.

Baron de Eau Draant said: “The fact you can sit in a pub, start a conversation with a total stranger and within 15 minutes, you’ll both know a third person, you both have as a mate, be related to, worked with or went to school with in this big urban village called Sheffield.”

And Sheffield Lass added: “The people of Sheffield! Mostly down to earth and friendly.”

Coun Isobel Bowler, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure, said Sheffield people are to be celebrated because of their ‘resilience and friendliness’.

She also loves the public space in the city centre and the varied events programme in Sheffield, especially the Food Festival.

“What also makes Sheffield great is the opportunities to walk,” she said.

“Two contrasting city walks I can recommend are the Round Sheffield Walk which takes in spectacular countryside, large parks and smaller hidden green spaces as it loops round the city centre, and the Five Weirs Walk from the City Centre to Meadowhall – a journey through the industrial and post-industrial landscape.”

The array of restaurants, nightlife including the theatres and bars, and the city’s music scene also rated highly, especially Pulp, The Human League and the Arctic Monkeys.

The debate was sparked after bookmakers William Hill published the top 50 reasons why people love Britain.

Real ale and Jess Ennis-Hill both made the list, which was topped by the countryside, fish and chips and roast dinners.

The top ten list compiled by suggestions from our readers.

Sheffield’s residents

Henderson’s Relish

Proximity to countryside

Parks – including Peace Gardens and Winter Gardens

The Crucible and Lyceum

The nightlife

Music scene and history

The Sheffield accent

Variety of restaurants

Sports teams




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