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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

Luke Wilson

Our Favourite Places would be nothing without our contributors — a massive thanks to all of them!

Tell us about you…

I've known Sheffield all my life through my family. I can't remember actively setting out to live in Sheffield; it just seemed to happen, and now 8 years on I can't imagine living anywhere else. When not working for Sheffield City Council I try and get out into the third of our city which is in the Peak District National Park (how lucky are we!). This usually involves walking, running or cycling – not because I'm a fitness freak, but simply because they're great means by which to adventure out and explore the city's green networks of parks, valleys and hillsides that lead out to the Peak District.

What does Sheffield mean to you?

Sheffield is my home and the Peak District is my garden.

What’s your favourite Sheffield place?

Bole Hills in Crookes: the perfect Sheffield park with views out to the Peaks, and the guaranteed best spot in Sheffield for a sunset.

What would you do to improve the city?

I wouldn't. If anything I would stop people attempting to transform Sheffield into another Leeds or Manchester; I try to take the city just as it is.

Latest contributions

Steel City Ghost Tours

Explore the darker side of the city centre with Mr P Dreadful. If you dare.

Folk Train

A surreal combination of folk bands, music lovers, alcohol and regular commuters on a packed and ageing Northern Rail carriage, with a Peak District pub as the destination.

National Emergency Services Museum

Housed in the old fire, police and ambulance station, this museum offers lessons in everything from the origins of the name "bobbies" to why hoax 999 calls are bad. There are lots of vehicles to climb on and uniforms to climb in, too.