Car hire is not required to see Sheffield city centre. The imposing cathedral is Sheffield’s oldest listed building still in use, or start instead at Graves Art Gallery, on an upper floor of the central library - ‘The Great Outdoors’ exhibition displays pictures of the city and neighbouring countryside. Alternatively, the Millennium Gallery is nearby and features Sheffield’s unique heritage of metal working, along with touring exhibitions from the National Portrait, V&A and Tate galleries. Sheffield’s industrial times also feature at the Kelham Island Museum, with a variety of science and engineering displays.
Sheffield’s Winter Gardens are one of its icons; the building is the biggest glasshouse in Europe and houses over two thousand different plants species which flourish in its mild environment. The Crucible Theatre hosts plays and musicals of such a high standard that it has been voted ‘Regional Theatre of the Year’ twice in recent years. For a different day out, visit the National Emergency Services Museum - with favourable reviews, it is situated in a shared fire, police and ambulance headquarters and has an enormous number of interesting exhibits.
With your car hire arranged, it is easy to discover the local area. Why not see the restored Botanical Gardens? In nearly twenty acres of land, they are on the Glossop road south west of Sheffield and bordering the Peak District and its dramatic scenery.
History buffs will like Beauchief Abbey in woodlands south of Sheffield - over eight centuries old, and with a reasonably intact chapel and main tower. This morning or afternoon trip is ideal with car hire if you like green, open country.
Chesterfield is nearby, or head west over the National Park hills to the spa town of Buxton. The Snake Pass mountain road often closes in heavy snow; its well-known inn is popular with Pennine Way hill walkers and motorists alike. The hilltop medieval Peveril Castle is also west of Sheffield and quickly reached with car hire.
Overlooking Castleton in Hope Valley and somewhat ruined, its former splendour is still easily appreciated, perhaps before lunch at the Nag’s Head pub or Peak Hotel in the town. Alternatively, for a more contemporary trip idea, the vast Meadowhall Shopping centre near exit 34 of the M1 has numerous department and chain stores.
Whether you’re road tripping through the state or venturing around the city, do yourself a favor and rent a car in Sheffield. When you sit behind the wheel of your rental car, you can forget about hailing taxis and memorizing public transportation schedules. Because with access to a car rental in Sheffield, you’re free to travel where and when you want. Thanks to a set of wheels, experience the freedom of exploring the entire area on your own watch.