5 Top Tips For Surviving Sheffield City Centre With Kids
- Locate the best baby change facilities. I like the Millennium Galleries, Sheffield Central Children’s library, John Lewis, M&S, Starbucks and Virgin Lounge for good, clean and reliable baby change facilities.
- Open a (free) bank account with Virgin Bank. Once you have an account open you have access to Virgin Lounges which are a fantastic free resource for families in Sheffield. Virgin Lounge in Sheffield on the high street have complimentary hot and cold drinks for customers, biscuits, good changing facilities, phone charging, free wifi, children’s play area and toys, quieter levels perfect for working or reading, games consoles, bowling, board games, banking facilities and more. It is really worth opening an account to access the lounges as they make a great, reliable option for somewhere to go for nice baby change facilities, meeting up with friends and family, or somewhere cosy and free to recharge.
- Try some yummy food in one of the many family-friendly restaurants and cafes. Sheffield City Centre has lots of family-friendly restaurants. Leopold Square is home to a variety of places to eat like Wagamama, Zizzi and Strada, all had kids menus and high chairs. Around Tudor Square area you will find Starbucks, Crucible Theatre cafe, Winter Gardens, Cosmo (world buffet), Pizza Express, Cafe Nero, Browns, Bill’s and more. Head to West One Plaza for more options including Las Iguanas and Akbars. Sheffield is home to so many fantastic independent food and drink options, in the city centre check out Steamyard for amazing coffee and donuts, Couch which is a licensed cafe with very comfy seating and is really child-friendly, or Blue Moon for delicious vegetarian and vegan food.
- Find some hidden gems. There are lots of little hidden gems to find in Sheffield. There is a small garden opposite John Lewis in Barkers Pool which goes quite unnoticed, and although it’s a small green space, it’s enclosed and a quiet place to have a picnic or let little one’s run around, plus a few animal sculptures. For places to eat and play, Atkinson’s Restaurant (in the department store) has a little play area in the corner with books, toys and puzzles. Waterstones book shop in Orchard Square has a nice little children’s area with books, colouring, a small climbing frame and slide, plus upstairs in the cafe is a box of toys and books to keep them entertained, free wifi and free babycinos. Sheffield Winter Garden is home to Zooby’s, a really nice sandwich shop which does good coffee, tasty panini and lovely children’s picnic boxes with tables to eat at or choose one of the many benches to relax on.
- Enjoy outside space or take a day trip. Sheffield is one of the greenest cities in Europe and has so many fantastic parks and playgrounds, many of which are very close to the city centre. Check out Devonshire Green for a quick, green space good for picnics in the city centre and this playground just around the corner off Gell Street. Sheffield Canal Basin is just 10 minutes walk from the High Street where you can spot canal boats, ducks and take a walk through the industrial parts of Sheffield on the Five Wier’s Walk. Norfolk Heritage Park is only a short walk from the city centre or catch the tram on the Blue Route or Purple Route to Granville Road, one of the best ancient parks in Sheffield. The city centre has great transport links so if in doubt, pop on a tram or bus to any of these fantastic parks and playgrounds, or explore the Peak District! Hop on a train to a nearby town, countryside, neighbouring city for a fantastic day out and adventure, read this for my favourite 17 quick day trips form Sheffield.
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