Day Trip: Sheffield, England

Following my day trip to Cambridge, I had the opportunity to go on a local culture trip on Sunday sponsored by the school.

Roughly once a week, a sign-up sheet goes up at Harlaxton and interested students can put their names down for these “free trips.” My trip to Stamford a few weeks back was another culture trip I participated in during my first week at the manor.

Since I enjoyed Stamford so much, I decided sign-up for Sheffield too. Though not all of the culture trips may not be “fun” or “exciting” per se, they allow for more exploration of England that I may not otherwise see during a normal weekend.

After I signed up for Sheffield, though, I somewhat regretted my decision because I did not take into account stores, shops, and museums being closed on a Sunday. Nonetheless, I ended up going because I would have just hung back at the manor with nothing but homework and my absence would result in the loss of a house point.

Upon arrival in Sheffield, my friend Tessa and I headed to the winter gardens. The gardens were quite small, but the area still was beautiful (and free!)

Connected to the Sheffield Winter Gardens happened to be a museum about Sheffield. After the museum opened, Tessa and I headed inside to see what exhibits were on display.

Sheffield itself is an industrial city and its involvement with steel is what put the city on the map. One of the museum exhibits explained Sheffield’s evolution in the steel industry and had many steel products on display. A unique item that Tessa and I found was a soup tureen in the shape of a sea turtle. As a tribute to the steel industry, this neat sculpture was outside the exhibit.

A tribute to the steel industry

Tessa and I then went into another exhibit which included native plants to the region, She and I were both amazed at how detailed some of the plant drawings were to the observed plants.

After the museum, Tessa and I ventured out to walk around the city of Sheffield. Since the city has industrial roots, the buildings were pretty modern with some historical buildings interspersed.

A little bit of both old and new

At this point, the wind left Tessa and I feeling chilly so we ventured to a church that I had found on the map. The church did not disappoint! We ate some of our lunch in the church and took the view in around us. Like the city itself, the church seemed both old and new at the same time. The church itself at lots of little alcoves and mini chapels inside.

Once we had our fill of the cathedral, Tessa and I headed to a different part of town to explore. We saw city hall, a statue commemorating the women who worked in the steel industry, and a flag pole honoring the fallen.

Eventually, Tessa and I found ourselves cold again. With nothing else really open in the town museum-wise, we went to a local cafe to have a warm drink. Then, we headed back to the museum where we started of our day until it was time to leave.

Overall, I am glad to have had the opportunity to see Sheffield, England. Would I go back? Probably not. Like Cambridge, I think Sheffield is a great day trip (on any day but Sunday) to go and explore.

Leave a positive impression,

Sydney xo

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