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Published: Wednesday, 21 November 2001, 03:20 PM
Cathedral Church of St Peter & St Paul

Church Street, Sheffield 1
Tel: 0114 275 3434
Sheffield city centre

The present Cathedral Church was originally built in about 1430 (on a site where worship can be traced back at least 1200 years) in the perpendicular gothic style, but there have been many additions over the centuries.

It was raised from town church to cathedral status in 1914. Notable architectural features include the chancel roofs, the Shrewsbury Chapel with its pre- reformation altar, the St George's Chapel and the Chapter House, where the stained glass depicts scenes from Sheffield's history. Daily services throughout the week. Click here for details.

Open daily (guided tours can be arranged).

Published: Wednesday, 21 November 2001, 03:21 PM
Town Hall
Town Hall
Pinstone Street, Sheffield 1 2HH
Tel: 0114 203 9082
Sheffield city centre

Officially opened by Queen Victoria just over a hundred years ago, the Town Hall is a fine example of the work of architect E W Mountford.

It is built mainly from Stoke stone from the nearby Stoke Hall quarry in Derbyshire. The imposing entrance hall features a grand staircase, decorative stonework and an elaborate "chandelier" decorated with signs of the zodiac. The 210ft clock tower is capped by a statue of Vulcan, blacksmith to the gods and symbol of the city's traditional industries, which are also illustrated on the external stone frieze.

Open: to pre-booked parties only Mon-Thurs 8.45am-5.15pm; Fri 8.45am-4.45pm. Ring for details.

Published: Wednesday, 21 November 2001, 03:22 PM
Botanical Gardens
Botanical Gardens
Clarkehouse Road, Broomhall, Sheffield S10 2LN
Tel: 0114 267 1115
Below the University, south-west of the city centre

First opened in 1836 and now designated by English Heritage as Gardens of Special Architectural and Historical Interest.

The gardens display a wide variety of trees and shrubs, including the Weigela and Diervilla National Collection, in an attractively informal garden setting. The glasshouses are by Joseph Paxton, architect of the Crystal Palace which housed the Great Exhibition of 1851.

Open: all year round. Admission: Free.

Published: Wednesday, 21 November 2001, 03:23 PM
Beauchief AbbeyBeauchief Abbey
Beauchief Abbey Lane, off Abbey Lane
Beauchief, Sheffield 8
Tel: 0114 274 5000
South of Sheffield city centre, off A61 close to Norton

The12th-century abbey built on a "beautiful headland" (Beau chief, now pronounced "Beechiff") by the Black Canons order. The only structure still standing is the chapel , still in use for worship , but remains of other parts of the abbey can be seen in the surrounding lawns.

The Abbey overlooks ancient woodland and a golf course, where evidence of mediaeval ridge and furrow farming can still be seen and where there are several pleasant walks on public footpaths.

Open: Mon-Sun 10am-7pm (or dusk), phone to confirm. Admission: free.

Published: Wednesday, 21 November 2001, 03:24 PM
Birley SpaBirley Spa
Birley Spa Lane, Hackenthorpe, Sheffield S12 4QE
Tel: 0114 273 5030
South-east Sheffield, close to the A616 approaching Mosborough

One of the few surviving Victorian spas in Britain, these marble-lined baths were commissioned by Earl Manvers of Thoresby Hall more than 150 years ago. Like the more famous spas at Buxton and Bath, Birley Spa was prized for the reputedly medicinal qualities of the waters.

When spas went out of fashion Birley closed and fell into disrepair, narrowly escaping demolition in 1960. Fortunately, in 1967 the Bath House was granted listed building status and in 1990 it was restored by a local conservation group. It is currently undergoing further restoration, due for completion in summer 2002.

For opening times and guided tours during the restoration, please ring 0114 273 5030. Admission: free.

Cutlers' Hall Cutlers' Hall
Church Street, Sheffield 1
Tel: 0114 272 8456
Sheffield city centre

Dating from 1832, the present Cutlers' Hall is the third building erected for the Cutlers' Company on the same site, facing the Cathedral. It is an imposing home for the Cutlers' Company's superb collection of silver, and is the setting for the annual celebration of Sheffield's manufacturing industry, the Cutlers' Feast.

Open: to pre-booked parties only.
Admission: adults £3, children £2, OAP £2 (subject to minimum fee).

Sheffield Manor Lodge
115, Manor Lane,
S2 1UH
Tel 0114 276 2828

South-east of city centre, off City Road.
Manor Lodge was once one of the grandest Tudor houses in the land. It was visited by Cardinal Wolsey in 1529 and was the place where Mary Queen of Scots was held under house arrest between 1570 and 1584 on the orders of Queen Elizabeth I. It later became an important centre for craft, industry and agriculture.
The turret house and ruins of the lodge, featured on BBC2 Restoration in July 2004, are listed buildings and the site is a scheduled ancient monument.

Open: Opening times vary. For information on opening times and guided tours please ring 0114 276 2828 or see our website
Admission: Free. Donations towards restoration work appreciated.

General Cemetery
Cemetery Road, Sharrow, Sheffield 1
Tel: 0114 255 6092 (Friends of the General Cemetery)
South-west of Sheffield city centre, towards Ecclesall

The Cemetery was opened in 1836 by the General Cemetery Company as a burial ground for Sheffield's non-conformists, in response to the rapid expansion of the city's population.

Its buildings, catacombs (carved into the slope of the hillside site) and landscaping were designed by Samuel Worth, who also designed the Cutlers' Hall. In 1850 a larger Church of England section was added, together with a mortuary chapel.

Some 80,000 people, from paupers to the most affluent, have been buried in the cemetery and its rich variety of 19th and 20th Century monuments illustrates the social and political life of Sheffield. Tour leaflets and a Geological Trail are available.

Open: guided tours 1st Sunday of each month, meet at the Cemetery. Also special tours and an open day (ring for details). Working days are the first Sunday of each month. Meet at Avenue gates at 2pm. Admission: free.
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