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Next to the Opera House is the equally flamboyant Pavilion Gardens, dotted with domed pavilions. The main building contains a tropical greenhouse, a nostalgic cafe and the tourist office . Beware of getting lost in the unlit gardens after dark.
Near the Old House Museum, Spirit of the 1940s museum incorporates an evocative '40s street scene, letters and photographs, and wartime memorabilia.
Set in a time-worn stone house near All Saints Church, the Old House Museum explores local history. Check out the Tudor loo and the displays on wattle and daub, a traditional technique for building walls using woven twigs and cow dung.
Up on the hill above Rutland Sq, All Saints Church is packed with ancient features, including a 14th-century font, a pair of Norman arches, some fine heraldic tombs and a collection of crude stone gravestones and crosses dating back to the 12th century.
Known as the 'Palace of the Peak', this vast edifice has been occupied by the earls and dukes of Devonshire for centuries. The manor was founded in 1552 by the formidable Bess of Hardwick and her second husband, William Cavendish, who earned grace and favour by helping Henry VIII dissolve the English monasteries.
Glorious Haddon Hall looks exactly like a medieval manor house should – all stone turrets, time-worn timbers and walled gardens. The house was founded in the 12th century, and expanded and remodelled throughout medieval times. The 'modernisation' stopped when the house was abandoned in the 18th century, saving Haddon Hall from the more florid excesses of the Victorian period.
Pride of place goes to this wonderfully ambitious public space with glass roof, exotic plants and soaring wood-clad arches. The modern architecture contrasts with the Victorian town hall next door, and is further enhanced by the nearby Peace Gardens -– complete with fountains, sculptures and lawns (and lunching office workers whenever there's a bit of sun).
Sheffield's cultural revival is spearheaded by the Millennium Gallery , a collection of four galleries under one roof.
Graves Gallery has a neat and accessible display of British and European modern art. The big names represented include Cézanne, Gaugin, Miró, Klee and Picasso.