If school or work calls us to Sheffield for a conference, what is there to do there in the area by way of historical sightseeing and/or leisure? A quick look at the map seems to indicate that it's more than an hour from cities that I've heard of like Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, etc., so I wonder if there are rural attractions?
The magnificent Peak District with all its wonderful scenery (and stately homes like Chatsworth, used as Pemberley in the Keira Knightly Pride & Prejudice) is on the doorstep. Sheffield is a big lively city, surrounded by stunning countryside.
Also Manchester is close - the train ride across from Sheffield goes through the peaks.
Check the National Trust UK web site for lots of useful info on Sheffield and environs. This includes historic Estate Houses, Garden and Nature trails. The site has maps and times open. If you will have a week or 2 at leisure to travel it is worth buying one of their memberships; also for available for couples and families at staged prices.
Sheffield is England's biggest village and notablely friendly for a big city.
Techincaly it's bigger than Manchester ..and 1/3 of the city land area is in a National Park.
In its heavy Industrial heyday was called "a mucky picture in a golden frame"
The big pull is the Peak District, from the city centre to such lovely places as Burbage Brook is only about 15 mins train trip, Carl Wark can easy be added to that trip.
If Industry is your thing Kelham Island is worth a call and the cafe is great.
There's a couple of pubs on the Kelham Island beer trail have been national winners.
I believe there are also limited tours if Sheffield Forgemasters..one of the world's largest foundarys
The are ghost tours and historical ,led tours of the city centre on evenings.
For events ,Sheffield Forum is worth a look ,it's the city's parish noticeboard and HUGELY more used than say the Leeds one,just like thier football team it's inferior (Lifelong Owl here).
Tramlines festival might coincide with your visit ?
Welcome to the Steel city !
TripAdvisor lists a number of things to do there. Check it out to see if anything listed is of interest to you.
Definitely take the train to York - 45 minutes to just over 1 hour. Pay on the day return is £21.10 or £17.90 on the 9.47am or later.