Having lived in Yorkshire all my life (bar a couple of years in the Midlands for Uni) I've never actually visited the centre of Sheffield before. It's never been on my radar.
The Sheffield Botanical Gardens, have been on my To Do list for a few years now though. Since visiting Cambridge Botanical Gardens a couple of years ago, visiting a more local one was very appealing (Edinburgh's is next on my visit list).
We parked at Meadowhall and took the train into the centre. It's only a few pounds each and means we didn't have any time restrictions on when we needed to be back by - the trains run every ten minutes from early morning to late night. The Gardens are a fair walk from the centre though, it took us a good 20 minutes.
It's very obvious that the Gardens are run through volunteer work. Although there were plenty of workers about, some parts of the garden were very neglected. The base ideas were still visible and still very inspiring, but the weeds and overgrown planting meant that it seemed a little shabby. We spent a good few hours there though. It's a great day out exploring the different parts and 'regions' of planting. The parts that had been well maintained were beautiful and well worth the visit. Even the shabby parts had their own elegance and considering entry is free, I'm very glad we went.
Sheffield itself was awing. I love the countryside and the sky. Those tall buildings and excessive tarmac was a tad overwhelming. The architecture was so good though! Old buildings, skyscrapers, little bits of graffiti - I can see why people love the city.
We visited Bills for a bite to eat before heading back to the car. Highly recommend the tea and scones for a little pick-me-up.