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Sheffield is located in the region of South Yorkshire in England. The name of the city comes from River Sheaf, which flows through Sheffield. Sheffield is a very green city, with over half of the city area being covered in green space. One third of Sheffield also lies inside the Peak District National Park, and there are almost three hundred green parks, gardens and woodlands in the city. Sheffield also has a very rich sports heritage, and the city is the home of the first and oldest football club in the world – Sheffield FC. There are two popular universities in Sheffield – University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University, attracting lots of young people from all over the world. That means the nightlife in the city is very vibrant and lively.
Due to the fact that third of the city lies in a national park, Sheffield is an ideal place for spending an outdoor-oriented vacation. The Peak District, or simply known as The Peaks, is a very attractive and colorful national park that offers open access to hikers, it has numerous green hills and walking paths. There are also lanes for the cyclists and a network of small market towns, tiny villages and hamlets. All settlements have unique charm and interesting history, and in all of them you can find at least one nice pub where you can have a beer or eat lunch.
Sheffield has a temperate climate. July and August have average temperatures around 20 C, while January is the coldest month with average temperatures around 6 C.
Most of the things in Sheffield can be reached on foot, and the city center has a good pedestrian access. There are many cultural places worth seeing in Sheffield`s center, including one very large and attractive theatre complex. The complex is located on the central Tudor Square. There you will see the Lyceum Theatre dating back from the Victorian times, the Central Library built in the 1930s, and the Crucible Theatre which is the place where the World Snooker Championship is held. Peace Gardens and Winter Garden are very popular places in Sheffield where you can see many exotic plants, trees, ferns, cacti, water fountains and other interesting things. Victoria Quays, The Norfolk Heritage Trail and the Graves Gallery are a few other nice places worth visiting. Sheffield Botanical Gardens should definitely be seen and they are the best place for relaxation of body and mind. These Victorian gardens are a perfect place to escape from the city noises. The gardens are divided into several sections, such as the Mediterranean plant section, exotic trees and plants section, Rose garden, conservatories section, and many more.
Sheffield is also a home of many festivals and events throughout the year. Most popular festivals include the Tramlines – an annual festival of music held every July, Sheffield Food Festival involving cooking classes, food stalls, pop up bars, and hot food stalls in the city; the comedy festival called Grin Up North held every October, and the independent cinema festival called Sheffield DocFest.
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