26 Reasons Sheffield Is The Best Thing About The North

Parks, beer, and great people. What more could you need?

1. It’s the greenest city in the country.

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Sheffield has over two million trees. That’s four for every resident.

2. And it’s right next to the Peak District.

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3. Which means you can jump on a bus to get here.

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Ladybower Reservoir is half an hour’s bus ride from the city centre.

4. Or drive here in half an hour.

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This is Chatsworth House.

5. Sheffield is full of beautiful parks.

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Endcliffe Park is one of 80 public parks in the city.

6. And great pubs.

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The Old Queen’s Head is the oldest building in the city, dating back to 1475.

7. And great pubs in beautiful parks.

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The Dam House has a beer garden in Crookes Valley Park.

8. And then there’s the beer.

The New York Times listed Sheffield as one of its “Places to Visit in 2014” due to it being Britain’s best beer city.

9. Sheffield is built on seven hills. Like Rome.

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10. Except it’s nicer.

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11. It’s the home of Jessica Ennis-Hill.

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12. Who Sheffield loves.

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This was the 18,000-strong crowd that greeted her when she returned from London 2012 with a gold medal.

13. Sheffield United even named a stand of Bramall Lane after her.

14. The city is incredible at football.

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The combined average attendances of Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday was 37,857 last season. That’s more than most teams in the Premier League, despite the fact that they play in the third and second tier respectively.

15. Which means that the Steel City derby is one of the most intense in the country.

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Most notably in what is now known as the Boxing Day Massacre of 1979.

16. Sheffield is also home to the oldest derby in world football.

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But it’s not played between Wednesday and United. Sheffield FC and Hallam FC first played each other on Boxing Day 1860.

17. Sheffield’s stars still remember their roots.

Had a drunk conversation with @joeroot05 at Vipers last night. Sorry about that mate

— Rory Freeman (@rorypfreeman)

When he isn’t racking up runs for his country, England cricketer Joe Root is often spotted in Sheffield’s nightclubs.

18. Sheffield hosts the World Snooker Championship every year.

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19. People from Sheffield are caring. When a mobile sandwich shop got stolen, #FindJohnsVan trended on Twitter.

We found @johnsvan on the Medics Fancy Dress Social! #MFDS2013 #findjohnsvan

— Sheffield MedSoc (@SheffieldMedSoc)

20. It’s home to loads of great music.

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That’s Arctic Monkeys.

21. Seriously. Loads.

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That’s Pulp. But the Human League, Reverend and the Makers, Def Leppard, Little Man Tate, and Heaven 17 all come from Sheffield too.

22. Plus it hosts the Tramlines Festival every July.

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In 2011, Tramlines was voted the Best Metropolitan Festival at the UK Festival Awards.

23. It’s the home of Henderson’s Relish.

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24. Which even this guy loves.

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Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, Sheffield Hallam’s MP, wrote an open letter defending the honour of Henderson’s earlier this year.

25. And it’s home to one of the country’s best universities.

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26. Just look at Sheffield. It’s bloody lovely.

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