Sheffield Informer is the independent travel guide, offering a mixture of information and personal recommendations to help you make the most of your visit to Sheffield 'Sports Valley'. Whether you are coming to the English Institute of Sport Sheffield (EIS Sheffield), iceSheffield, Motorpoint Arena Sheffield or Sheffield Hallam University City Athletics Stadium, here you will find all you need to know.


To make the most of your stay we recommend the best places to walk, drink and enjoy the views. And we point to places to sleep, eat and ways to travel to the venues.

We only include companies we personally like or those whose inclusion we feel will be useful. To make planning your visit as easy as possible, here's a map, and street view of EIS Sheffield.



If you are looking for a hotel, there are a number nearby including:

ibis budget Sheffield Arena, 298 Attercliffe Common, S9 2AG
Premier Inn Sheffield (Arena), Attercliffe Common, S9 2LU
Premier Inn Sheffield Meadowhall, Sheffield Road, S9 2YL
Travelodge Sheffield Meadowhall Hotel, 299 Barrow Road, S9 1JQ

Rooms above pubs
Don Valley Hotel, 756 Attercliffe Road, S9 3RQ
The Noose & Gibbet Inn, 97 Broughton Lane, S9 2DE

Retail chains: cafes and restaurants

If you are planning to go for a meal after your event, Valley Centertainment has a range of chain restaurants. To walk there from EIS Sheffield/iceSheffield/Motorpoint Arena Sheffield, go to the bottom of the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield car park and cross the Broughton Lane traffic lights. Alternatively, Valley Centertainment has its own tram stop, the next stop on from the Arena/Don Valley Stadium stop towards Meadowhall. If you are driving, Valley Centertainment has plenty of parking, though it can get busy.

For us, the standout restaurant is the ever expanding chain handmade burger Co. While the Valley Centertainment branch (and nearby Meadowhall) does not match the vibrancy of the original branch in Birmingham's Brindleyplace, the quality of produce (and almost trendy wallpaper) has been firmly retained. The peri-peri chips, though, are a disappointing waste of taste buds and wallet.

If you want to access the Valley Centertainment tram stop after your meal, it's not always clearly signposted, so walk in between Cineworld and Hollywood Bowl.

Meadowhall Centre, a short drive or a couple of tram stops away, has a wide range of familiar food options.


If you are staying for a few days and want to keep fit, there are a couple of pay as you go options:

Fitness classes at EIS Sheffield
Ice skating at iceSheffield


If you are going to EIS Sheffield, iceSheffield or Motorpoint Arena Sheffield, numbers including 69 and 74 go there from Sheffield city centre. If you are going to Sheffield Hallam University City Athletics Stadium, numbers including 52 go there from Sheffield city centre. You can see the routes and city centre bus stops here.

See Travel South Yorkshire to plan your journey.

You can plan your route here.

If you want to fill up when you are in the area, the closest petrol stations are:
Sainsbury's, Meadowhall Road, S9 1EQ
Sainsbury's, Vulcan Road, S9 1EW

The nearest electric car charging point is at Meadowhall.

Coach Station
The nearest one is at Meadowhall Interchange.

Park and Ride
As well as your event's designated parking facilities, there are Park and Ride sites at Nunnery Square (off the A630/A57/A61 Parkway), Meadowhall Interchange (M1, junction 34) and Valley Centertainment (M1, junction 34). All of these sites are on a direct tram route to EIS Sheffield, iceSheffield, Motorpoint Arena Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University City Athletics Stadium.

The nearest station is Meadowhall which is on a direct tram route to EIS Sheffield, iceSheffield, Motorpoint Arena Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University City Athletics Stadium. You can also catch a tram from Sheffield train station, though you will need to change in Sheffield city centre.

See National Rail to plan your journey.

The stop for Sheffield Hallam University City Athletics Stadium is Woodbourn Road. For EIS Sheffield, iceSheffield and Motorpoint Arena Sheffield, you should get off at Arena/Don Valley Stadium. See Supertram journey planner for the latest information.

An alternative way for you to reach EIS Sheffield, iceSheffield and Motorpoint Arena Sheffield from Sheffield city centre is via the pleasant Five Weirs Walk, along the Sheffield & Tinsley Canal. It should take you around 45 minutes. There's no signpost, so look out for a black and white tram bridge over the canal followed by a yellow and green bridge over the tram tracks.

The Sheffield & Tinsley Canal also passes near the Sheffield Hallam University City Athletics Stadium. After about 30 minutes, you will see the sign 'Supertram Bridge 7A', turn back and in a few seconds you will see some steps. At the top of the steps, turn left, you will see traffic lights and the stadium is on the other side of the road


The Met Office has a useful five day guide.


Parks/open spaces

Don Valley Bowl is a large grassed open area next to the Arena/Don Valley Stadium tram stop. It has a sitting area at the top with benches.

If you want somewhere more secluded, there are benches and pleasant greenery close by. From the tram stop, head towards Don Valley Bowl and take the second path on your left. If you are coming from the Sheffield & Tinsley Canal, when you see the sign that says 'Supertram' on the right, follow the path on the left.

Real ale

With the workers and large steelworks mostly gone, the area is lacking in pubs of all types. However, if you do want a drop of real ale, Arena Square has a couple of choices.

If you are visiting in March, you might want to check the annual BeerX festival which is held at iceSheffield.



To discover a hidden gem, walk to the top of Don Valley Bowl (next to Arena/Don Valley tram stop). By the benches, you will see an old furnace, go inside and climb to the top of the spiral staircase to access the viewing platform.



The Rambler's have produced this 1.8 mile walk.

The Five Weirs Walk along the Sheffield & Tinsley Canal offers a pleasant break.