The magical county of South Yorkshire is home to a diverse array of attractions, appealing to holidaymakers of all persuasions. From the dizzying heights of the Peak District to the cultural charms of Sheffield, there really is something for everyone. When it comes to culture in Sheffield, there are few better known sites than the Crucible Theatre. Located in the city centre, the theatre has become an iconic venue, as well as a place to catch all your favourite plays and sporting events. There are also plenty of exquisite hotels nearby.
The Crucible Theatre: A Cultural Centre
The Crucible Theatre was built in 1971 to serve as a replacement for the well-loved Playhouse Repertory Theatre on Townhead Street in the centre of Sheffield. Originally built as a place for theatre, the space has since developed into a lively and vibrant multi-purpose venue. In addition to music, arts and drama, the Crucible also hosts sporting events. None is more famous than the World Championship of snooker - the sport's premier event.
A Unique and Intimate Space
Despite the Crucible's fame and its calendar of prestigious events, it remains a relatively intimate venue. The main room has space for 980 audience members, though the 3-sided seating layout makes it possible for everyone to enjoy an excellent view. There's also a smaller studio theatre inside the building, and a café for interval refreshments.
Hotels near the Crucible
Sheffield is the county's main city, which means it is home to many of the best guesthouses and hotels in South Yorkshire. Whether your choice is modern, facility-rich branded hotels or charming, family-run bed and breakfasts, you're sure to find something to your taste close to the Crucible Theatre.
Mercure Sheffield St. Paul's Hotel and Spa is just metres from the theatre, and promises guests a long list of luxurious facilities. In addition to the delightful spa, there's an indoor swimming pool, health club and bar.
Similarly close to the Crucible Theatre but in the other direction is the Best Western Cutler's Hotel. Guests can rely on the well-known brand for a valuable blend of comfort and value.