Bored at home? Here are some amazing places you can still explore without leaving your sofa

Here are 6 amazing places in & around Sheffield you probably didn’t even know existed!

Pubs, restaurants, shops, cinemas, & cafes are all closed so what do we do now? There’s only so many times we can jog round the block before it becomes a bit… monotonous. However, thanks to the wonders of modern technology, you can now get out and explore, at least ‘virtually’. Even better, if you’ve got a VR headset, you can explore in virtual realityUse your mouse, keyboard or touch to navigate and explore. For more info on the controls, click here.

Caudwell’s Mill, Rowsley

The last working turbine-driven roller mill

Built in 1874, Caudwell’s Mill is a unique working example of an early water-turbine driven roller mill, bigger than traditional village mills but still a family business until 1978. Inside, much of the machinery dates from around the turn of the century representing the most advanced technology of the time and the forerunner of the huge factory mills that mass produce most of our flour today.

Liv Students, Ecclesall Road, Sheffield

You won’t believe this one until you see it with your own eyes!

You may have seen the huge new building spring up at the bottom of Ecclesall Road on the site of the old Robins & Day Peugeot Dealership, but did you know it’s student accommodation? This block is destined to be almost fully self-contained meaning that students only have to leave to actually go to university and back. Floor 9 is the communal space which includes a gym, a cinema, a karaoke room, a cafe, a laundry, a dining room, a huge outside patio with seating, a snug, and more. At £130 per week for a studio, I’m temped to move in myself! See the following virtual tour and explore:

The University of Sheffield (FEGTEM) Advanced Electron Microscope

With the ability to look at individual atoms!

The (FEGTEM) is an EPSRC-funded field emission gun transmission electron microscope here at our very own University of Sheffield. Although I spent a very interesting half-hour-or-so with Dr Ross, who explained to me in great detail how it works and showed me the incredible images it can capture, I’m afraid most of it went straight over my head! However, what I do know is that it’s quite amazing piece of kit. See for yourself:

Upper Chapel & Channing Hall, Norfolk Street, Sheffield (opposite Head of Steam)

A Unitarian Chapel established in 1700

Upper Chapel in Sheffield with its long and fascinating history is a really interesting place to visit that amazingly not many people know about. Situated near the Sheffield Crucible and just a stones-throw from Fargate, why not see it for yourself via the following virtual tour:

Royce Translational Centre (RTC)

Europa Avenue, Sheffield

This state-of-the-art research facility houses a very wide range of space-age machines such a gas atomiser, an electron beam melter, a plasma spheroidisator, a laser melter, an isostatic press, and a bound metal depositioner. Can you tell I have no idea what any of these really do? Luckily we added more in-depth descriptions to all the machines in this virtual tour. See for yourself:

The Turner Museum of Glass

Housing a comprehensive collection of nineteenth and twentieth century glass

I bet you never even knew we had a glass museum in Sheffield! Well we do. Situated inside the Sir Robert Hadfield Building of Mappin Street in Sheffield, this small (but perfectly formed) museum is somewhere to visit on a rainy day. And if you’re interested in the history of glass, you’ll love it! Note – the museum is on E floor. Start the virtual tour then click on ‘Turner Glass Museum’ in the ‘highlight reel’ to jump straight there or use the floor selector to get there.

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