Igloo Ice Blast – November 2019

Sheffield Botanical Gardens

The new academic year is in full swing, and the students have settled back in to Sheffield, so here at Igloo Accommodation we want to provide more than just your housing, by giving you a new monthly round up of some of the best places to visit, hidden student hotspots, and tricks to save money on your nights out! We’ve also provided a round up of some of Sheffield’s biggest and best club nights and events. Make sure you check that out at the bottom!

Sheffield Spotlight – Sheffield Botanical Gardens

If you haven’t already heard of the Sheffield Botanical Gardens (SBC), where have you been? Sitting at the heart of Ecclesall Road, just off Thompson Road, the Botanical Gardens captured the beauty of the surrounding Peak District, but condenses it into 19 acres of plants, footpaths, and even Grade II* listed buildings. With a rich history, SBC attracts thousands of visitors annually. Here’s a few reasons why.

Free Entry

Surely, for students, there is no better phrase than ‘free entry’. Without cost but with plenty to keep you happy, the Gardens are a great place to go on any occasion. From a sunny summers afternoon with a few friends, to a winter walk with a partner, or even to explore some of the rich history that lies deeper within the garden walls, there is plenty to offer.

Historic Attractions

With a number of attractions to delve into, the Gardens naturally possess a rich history. The Grade II* listed glass pavilions at the top of the Gardens were restored and reopened in 2003, and are known as The Glass Houses. Made up of 3 linked domes linked by the glass house, the pavilions host wedding ceremonies, providing the perfect location for a day to remember. However, when not in use for couples, you can head inside and explore the array of plant collections watered using rainwater from the roof, stored in underground tanks.

The Bear Pit was built in 1836 to home a black bear, and was fully repaired during the restoration of the Gardens. In January 2005 a mild steel sculpture of a bear (2.4m tall) was installed, to remind people of the former use of this structure. The Bear Pit is a very unique attraction at the heart of the Gardens, and is certainly worth a visit.

Exceptional outdoor space

A range of plants, grass fields, and stunning displays are interlinked with an array of footpaths that can take you deep into the gardens. On a summers day, you can grab some mates and sit on the grass whilst the sun beams down. Equally on a colder afternoon the footpaths pave the way for a lovely winters walk. Whatever you require from an outdoor space, the Sheffield Botanical Gardens is packed with 19 glorious acres for you to get involved with.


From exhibitions to talks, children’s activities to shows, the Gardens host a number of different events throughout the year. There are also music events, with live shows, tribute acts, and performances from widely known artists taking over the Gardens for special musical experiences. A full programme of events can be found here. Whatever you need from a day out, Sheffield Botanical Gardens has plenty to offer.

Our events round-up below will keep you up to date on everything that’s going on in Sheffield over the next month, and our monthly Ice Blast will bring you new places to visit during your degree!

Events Round-up

7/11 – Meadowhall Christmas Live (Info)

8/11 – Tribal Warehouse pres. Darius Syrossian @ Signal (Tickets)

17/11 – Sheffield Christmas Lights Switch-On (Info)

18/11 – Liam Gallagher @ FlyDSA (Info)

Tank Nightclub – Full Listings

Code Nightclub – Full Listings

Corporation Nightclub – Full Listings

Crystal Nightclub – Full Listings

Viper Rooms – Full Listings

The Tuesday Club (Foundry) – Full Listings

The Leadmill – Full Listings