Pack a book or notebook in your bag and enjoy life out of the fast lane for an hour or two, taking your pick between an indoor tropical paradise or a lush outdoor square.
Few cities can boast a public space like Sheffield’s Winter Garden and its outdoor companion the Peace Gardens. The Winter Garden is the largest urban glasshouse in Europe and offers visitors to Sheffield a place to stop awhile and pause for thought. Created from sustainable larch, this impressive structure is home to over 2,500 varieties of plants, which change according to the seasons. The Millennium Gallery adjoins the glasshouse, and you’ll find a handful of independent cafes and shops inside its glass walls. A central point for exploring the city, the Winter Garden’s northern exit takes you to Sheffield’s theatreland in Tudor Square, while leave to the south, and you’ll walk straight into the formal splendour of the Peace Gardens.
Originally christened "the Peace Gardens" after the signing of the pre-second world war Munich Agreement, this urban garden square was first designed after the demolition of St Paul’s Church in 1938. In 1985, the name became official and much later, in 2000, this inner city sanctuary was overhauled as part of Sheffield’s Heart of the City redevelopment project. War memorials dedicated to Sheffielders who fought in worldwide battles decorate the square, while the Goodwin Fountain and Holberry cascades spout jets of water, representing Sheffield’s five rivers and the flowing molten steel on which the city’s fortunes were founded. Now a popular place for locals and visitors to congregate especially on sunnier days, the Peace Gardens are a welcome green space right in the heart of Sheffield. You can even take a run through the fountains if it gets really hot.