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You'll enjoy a warm Yorkshire welcome when you take a tour of Sheffield this year. Not only is it a thriving city playing host to some of the world's best music and sporting events, it's also only a few minutes away from the beautiful wilderness of The Peak District. So when you've had enough of city life you can escape to the more tranquil surroundings of the Peaks.
Many refer to Sheffield as 'the greenest city in Europe' not just because it has the Peak District National Park on its doorstep but also a multitude of trees, plants and magnificent green spaces within the city itself. If you love nature, you can get up close and personal with it on a coach tour to the Winter Gardens where over 2,500 plants are on display or visit the Botanical Gardens Sheffield where over 15 different garden areas feature plant collections from around the world. And it's not all about green spaces in Sheffield, the city that was the backdrop to hit Brit-flick 'The Full Monty', there's also some fabulous shopping opportunities so complete your coach tour with a day out at Meadowhall – the largest shopping centre in Yorkshire.
History enthusiasts should make a beeline for coach tours to Sheffield with its magnificent Cathedral where Norman stone and Tudor monuments can be found. For something a little different, visit Wortley Top Forge, the last surviving water powered heavy iron forge in Britain. Dating back to the 17th century, the Forge building is the main attraction here with its furnace, helve hammers, waterwheels and cranes but make you visit the Blacksmith's Shop where you can buy a souvenir and see demonstrations.
Take the whole family to Weston Park where you'll find a multitude of interactive experiences to entertain everyone from Egyptian mummies to living ants and bees and don't forget to stretch the legs on one of five family trails. Other family tour favourites include the Tropical Butterfly House and Falconry and the action-packed Magna Science Adventure Centre, both of which will keep the children thoroughly entertained whilst you have fun watching them enjoy themselves!
Whether you want to relax in one of the many parks and gardens, or dance the night away after the sun goes down, Sheffield really does have something for everyone and you'll discover it too on your next coach holiday to Yorkshire.
Tours start from only £55 per person and each package to Sheffield includes: return coach travel, accommodation in a quality hotel (except self-drive), meals and excursions depending on the duration of the tour.
To help you have an enjoyable holiday in Sheffield, take a look at these useful tips and advice provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO):
Health and Travel Insurance
Local Laws and Customs
Health and Travel Insurance
British Citizens are advised by some of our tour operators to have travel insurance before going on a tour or holiday, even if it happens to be in your country of residence. As a British citizen you will be entitled to free emergency health care on the NHS.
If you are visiting England from outside the United Kingdom and fall ill or are involved in an accident and are from any member of the European Economic Area or Switzerland, you can obtain free or reduced cost treatment with The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Comprehensive travel insurance is advised for all other nationals planning on visiting England.
If you need to contact the emergency services whilst in England simply dial 999 or 112 to ask for an ambulance.
Most destinations are generally trouble-free, however as with all places that you are not familiar with, keep an eye on your belongings and if necessary lock them away somewhere safe back at your hotel if possible. Keep an eye on everyone in your party and do not go off with people you do not know. Buy your own drinks and keep sight of them at all times. Be aware of your surroundings and don't venture off on your own.
Local Laws and Customs
Queuing is a British Institution - jump a queue at your own risk!
Drug offences will carry penalties in the UK, so avoid getting involved with anything whilst in England. Please note the narcotic plant Khat/Qat is legal in the UK, but is not in a majority of other countries so never try to export this when leaving the UK.
If you are visiting from outside of the United Kingdom, it is wise to check customs requirements before you travel. If you are planning to bring alcohol, tobacco or souvenirs into the country, you need to be familiar with the UK's custom laws. For those people coming to the UK from the EU, you are allowed to bring an unlimited amount of most goods for your own use without paying tax or duty.
However, if you are travelling to the UK from outside of the EU, you are given an allowance of how much alcohol, tobacco, perfume, souvenirs and other goods. If you go above this allowance you may have to pay tax or duty. It is worth checking the HM Revenues and Customs website before you travel.
When travelling between the UK, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man in most cases an official form of identification such as a Driver's License will be ok. However, some airlines will insist you show a passport so check before you travel.
If you are travelling to England from Australia, Canada or the USA, you must have a valid passport for at least three months beyond the length of your stay. EU nationals need to have either a valid passport or identity card.
Visas for the UK are not required by those travelling from Australia, Canada, USA or EU for stays of up to six months.
Any other nationality looking to visit the UK must contact the local embassy to check visa requirements.
For further information about Sheffield you can visit the official tourism website at sheffield.gov.uk
Sheffield is a fabulous city to visit at any time of year, so when you are visiting, make sure the following feature high in your touring itinerary:
Kelham Island Museum
One of Sheffield's most well-loved attractions the Kelham Island Museum opened its doors to the public in 1982. It used to house pictures, archive material and objects that represent Sheffield's story of the Industrial Revolution. You will discover what it was like to live and work in Sheffield during the industrial revolution.
Sheffield Winter Garden
This is one of the largest greenhouses to be built in the last 100 years in the UK, measuring a massive 70 metres long and 20 metres high. Sheffield Winter Garden is located in the city centre near to the Peace Gardens and Millennium Galleries and houses over 2,500 plants with species found from around the world.
Sheffield Botanical Gardens
The Sheffield Botanical Gardens were initially opened in 1836, the Gardens now feature fifteen gardens. Among the Gardens and Grade II listed Glass Pavilions, you will find the National Collection of Wiegela, Diervilla and Sarcococca. The Gardens recently received the Heritage Lottery Fund Award which allowed them to be fully restored.
Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre
With the slogan 'Encounter the Exotic' the Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre is a great place to visit to experience new and exciting animals. Walk through the butterfly house with free-flying tropical butterflies, birds and Egyptian fruit bats. Be sure to visit the small animal house, lemur heights and of course Meerkat Mansion – simples!