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Arts and culture in Sheffield


Sheffield is a great place to be a student. There are around 60,000 people studying in the city, and there are plenty of clubs and events catering to all your nightlife needs. But while you're likely to go on a lot of nights out during your time at uni, there will probably be days when you feel like doing something a bit more low-key.

Luckily, Sheffield has you covered. There are loads of cinemas, galleries and theatres around the city for when you fancy something a bit different, and loads of them have cheap rates for students. Here's a quick selection of places to go for a culture fix.

Galleries and Museums

Millennium Gallery & Graves Gallery

A stone's throw from Hallam's City Campus, both the Millennium and Graves galleries are totally free to visit and have a great selection of exhibits to explore. Check out the collections dedicated to metalwork or natural history at the Millennium Gallery, or go and see Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry's famous 'Comfort Blanket' tapestry at the Graves Gallery.

National Emergency Services Museum

The National Emergency Services Museum is the largest of its kind in the UK, and features a huge range of memorabilia from the police, fire and ambulance services.

Kelham Island Museum

Kelham Island Museum celebrates Sheffield's industrial heritage, and is a fantastic journey back through the city's history.

Weston Park Museum

Explore a variety of permanent and temporary exhibitions in the Grade II listed Weston Park Museum, set in five hectares of beautiful parkland.



The Showroom cinema is over the road from The HUBS, and shows a diverse and constantly changing selection of films. Alongside current releases the Showroom screens independent, international and classic cinema too. You can also pick up a free CINE26 card if you're aged 26 or under - as well as collecting points and getting a free ticket on your birthday, the card also allows you to see ANY film at ANY time for only £4.50!

There are a number of other cinemas conveniently located around central Sheffield, showing a variety of popular and independent films. These include The LightOdeon, and Curzon.

Theatre and Comedy

Sheffield Theatres (The Crucible, The Lyceum, The Studio)

The Sheffield Theatres complex is the largest of its kind outside of London, and is located conveniently in the centre of town. The three theatres show a variety of performances, including contemporary theatre, musicals, stand up comedy and more. The Live for 5 scheme also allows 16-26 year olds to purchase select tickets for only a fiver - but check the website frequently, as they sell out quickly!

City Hall

Sheffield's City Hall has been hosting live music, comedy and performance in the city centre since 1932.

Theatre Delicatessen

Theatre Deli offers a constantly-changing roster of experimental, immersive and thought-provoking theatre at its new location near The Moor.

The Montgomery

Tucked away in Surrey Street near Hallam's City Campus, The Montgomery is home to a great range of live shows and events.

Live Music

Skiddle - Gig Listings

Skiddle is not a gig venue, but a fantastic website that collects all your local gig listings in one place. It's easy to search for the kind of music that you like, and to check specific dates to see what's on. Sheffield has a fantastic music scene, so be sure to make the most of it while you're here!

The Leadmill

The Leadmill first opened in 1980, making it Sheffield's longest running live music venue. It has won a number of awards, and is frequently voted the best venue in Sheffield. In 1983 the Leadmill booked the then-unknown singer Madonna to play at the venue - but cancelled the show due to a disagreement over money!

Abbeydale Picture House/Picture House Social

Located in Sheffield's leafy Nether Edge district, Abbeydale Picture House and Picture House Social are unique adjoining venues that host live music and film screenings in a Grade II listed building.

O2 Academy Sheffield

Housed in the building that was previously home to the famous Top Rank Suite, the venue reopened as the O2 Academy in 2008 and has since seen performances by artists such as Two Door Cinema Club, Ellie Goulding and Bring Me The Horizon.

Utilita Arena

As well as having live comedy, music and sport, the Utilita Arena also hosts events such as Sheffield Film and Comic Con.

Record Junkee

Record Junkee is an independent record store that also has its own small live venue, hosting local bands and events.

Culture Vulture

The arts and culture scene in Sheffield is hugely varied and vibrant, and there's something for absolutely everyone. It's also a great time to try something new - maybe you've never been to the theatre before, or wouldn't usually choose to spend a weekend wandering around an art gallery.

Independent venues such as Hagglers Corner, Foodhall and Roco Creative Co-op are always hosting new and exciting events - there's sure to be something for everyone.

With so many things to do in the city that are cheap or free, why not have a go at getting out of your comfort zone? You might be surprised by what you find!


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