Treasure Hunt Sheffield

Have fun and see Sheffield a different way

You’re going to Sheffield and you want to have some fun. There are plenty of interesting spots, it's just tricky to join them all up.

It’s no fun wandering aimlessly. Feeling like you’re missing the cool areas or the lesser known sites. You don’t want to spend all your time looking at your phone, not actually seeing anything. With your other half getting bored and hungry.

What about planning your own route and hoping for the best? Sounds like a lot of work trawling blog posts and reading reviews. And you’ll probably miss the hidden gems as all the blogs just list the same attractions.

Will you find a nice route to walk, or will you end up trudging along one of the busy main roads that slice through the city?

You know Sheffield’s got some great areas like Kelham Island and is famous for its industrial history. It’s just a question of having fun seeing it all.

Treasure Hunt Sheffield

Pore over treasure maps and ponder cryptic clues.

Scour Sheffield's streets to find the answers.

A dotted path where X marks the spot
Sheffield Cathedral in the sunshine

Follow a carefully designed route around Sheffield. Soak up the magnificent Town Hall, the hip Kelham Island and two fabulous Cathedrals. Take the lesser known path but still see the Winter Garden and the other main sights.

Spot things other people don't notice like the god of metalworking, perched up high.

Learn some fun facts and stories like where 'pig iron' got its name. Nothing too heavy, you're here to have fun!

A group of friends looking for a clue from a bridge

Go at your own pace. Pop into cafes or pubs along the way. No need to rush.

A dotted path where X marks the spot

Don't take our word for it: we're rated ★★★★★ on Tripadvisor with 32 reviews.

Are you organising a special occasion? 🎉

Treasure Hunt Sheffield will take you on a fab route around the city, spotting clues and following treasure maps, all at your own pace.

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Would definitely recommend as something a little different!

Was really fun, friends from Sheffield discovered places/things they had never seen before,so surprised us all!! Lovely walk around and learnt lots too. Plenty of opportunities to stop off for drinks/food, so can make it as long/short as you like. 👏👍

Julie H, Google

Really great for city highlights and interesting details

We were visiting Sheffield for a show but thought we'd make a day of it. We'd done one of these treasure hunts before in Oxford, so booked it here in Sheffield. It was really fun! These tours are great for pointing out some of the things you wouldn't normally notice. It really did show off the best of the city. It started in the centre and went round it and down to Kelham Island. It shows you some of the different areas of the city that make Sheffield stand out from other cities in the UK.

Bexlar, Tripadvisor

It works like a WhatsApp
group chat

You don’t need to download or print anything and it doesn’t need any permissions.

Plus, you get to start when you want.

1. Follow maps 🧭

Bess sends you a series of treasure maps, leading you around Sheffield.

The clues and maps are a lot of fun.
This is a great way to see the city!”

Captain Bess Now for a change of scene, let's head down by the river...

2. Search for answers 🔎

Bess sends you a series of clues and you have to search the city for answers.

Good banter from Captain Bess who sends you the clues!”

Captain Bess A family firm,
who slowly became
Forgotten and faded,
what was their name?

Black Beard Beth Jones?

Captain Bess Nay, yer askin' to be walkin' the plank!

Long Joe Silver Wills?

Captain Bess Aye! That's it!

3. Learn some facts 🎓

Along the way, Bess will tell you a few interesting facts and stories about the things you're spotting in Sheffield!”

We learnt new things and actually appreciated the beautiful scenery as we went around the city.

Captain Bess It's a fire insurance mark, to show the firemen ye've paid yer dues! If not, they'd stand by 'n' watch yer house burn, imagine that!

4. Play together 👨‍👩‍👦

Captain Bess will invite you all to join the hunt!

We had such a laugh and a great day out!

Captain Bess Ahoy there! Ye must be the one they're talking about. Lookin' to join me ship, the Rising Pearl?

Buccaneer Beth Yes!

Captain Bess Ye'll be needin' help, have ye a crew?

Lianne Pinkbeard joined the game.

Parrot Pete 🦜 joined the game.

Parrot Pete Arrrrrrr!

Lianne Pinkbeard I'm ready to set sail! ⚓️

Reserve your game

... for FREE!

A different way to see Sheffield

A treasure hunt is more like a game than a traditional tour. You have to follow treasure maps, solve cryptic clues and keep your eyes peeled to find the answers.

You’ll have some banter with our friendly pirate Captain Bess. She’ll put you in your place if you get too many answers wrong!

Take your time, go at your own pace

You can start when you like, there’s no fixed start time. You can even finish the next day if you get stuck in a nice pub!

Fancy a drink or two in one of the excellent pubs along the way? Go for it! Take it at your own pace and enjoy the cafes and pubs along the way.

Play on your own terms. It's just you and your team, like a private tour.

Challenging clues and at own pace was great.

Brilliant experience,got to see the whole city and learn a lot about the history. Lovely recommended places to have lunch halfway through.

Lorna M, Google

Start playing in 60 seconds

It’s all on your phones, there’s nothing to print or collect.

Book online and you’ll get a link to start your game straight away.

You can rearrange or cancel

We’re really flexible. If you change your mind, or if you can't make it to Sheffield, play another day or even cancel for free.

Fun or your money back

We think you're going love Treasure Hunt Sheffield!

If you don't have fun, we promise to give your money back. We'll ask for a quick chat on the phone to understand what went wrong.

Sheffield has more than just steel

No spoilers... You'll see the famous sights like Kelham Island Museum and The Cathedral, but the real fun is spotting things around town that you normally wouldn't notice.

A must for Sheffield residents and visitors alike

We have lived in - and loved - Sheffield for a number of years, but have always felt nonchalant about the city centre. We tried this at the recommendation of friends and can honestly say it totally transformed the way we see our city. The treasure hunt introduced us to places we had never been and revealed fascinating histories of areas we frequent often.

stephanieja, Tripadvisor

Sheffield Cathedral - an unusual mixture of modern and medieval architecture, the cathedral sits at the heart of the city.

Sheffield Cathedral with its modern extension in the sunshine

Kelham Island - a former industrial area that's reinvented itself as a hip hangout in the north of Sheffield.

Crucible Theatre - best known for hosting the World Snooker Championships every year.

The distinctive front of the Crucible Theatre in the sunshine

Sheffield Winter Garden - this stunning timber glass house is one of the biggest in Europe. It's a relaxing and exotic place to visit.

Some trees inside the glass roofed Winter Garden

The National Emergency Services Museum - housed in one of Yorkshire's first combined police, fire and ambulance stations, today it has over 45 vehicles on show.

Some fire engines and a fireman's uniform on display at the National Emergency Services Museum

Peace Gardens - a beautiful spot to relax in the sunshine, with people playing in the fountains, right in the heart of the city.

Sheffield Town Hall - a magnificent gothic town hall, a fine example of Victorian architecture at its best

The Gothic rooftops of Sheffield Town Hall

St Marie's Roman Catholic Cathedral - an elegant cathedral with beautiful stained glass windows and stunning little chapels.

Kelham Island Museum - a fantastic free museum that tells the story of Sheffield's Steel industry.

A towering Bessemer converter outside an old warehouse that has been converted into a museum

Cutlers' Hall - an elaborate building that houses the centuries-old Company of Cutlers.

City Hall - a fab concert venue that's been home to some of the finest entertainment in the area.

The neo-classical Sheffield City Hall, with its giant portico and columns

By the end, you'll have seen the nicest bits of Sheffield's city centre and ventured along the river to the bars and cafes around Kelham Island.

What if it rains? 

If it's patchy rain, you can shelter in a cafe or pub along the route: the treasure hunt's flexible.

If it's really soggy and you fancy playing the next day, that's fine. Even split it over two days if you like.

If it's really bucketing it down and you don't fancy being washed into the River Don, we’ll give your money back, whether you've started the game or not.

Will it be too difficult?

Don't worry! The treasure hunt has some tricky clues, but if you get stuck you can ask for a hint.

We make sure you don't get completely stuck, endless wandering the streets.

Will I have fun if I'm from Sheffield?

Yes! You already know the city, but we bet you'll notice things you've walked past a hundred times before.

We've worked hard to find the less-obvious stuff - beyond the typical blue plaques - and some interesting stories and anecdotes. You're going to have a great time!

Is it suitable for kids?

The game is designed for adults and curious kids aged 8 and up.

A family perched on a sculpture playing Treasure Hunt Liverpool

Younger ones are welcome though you may have to help by interpreting the clues and Captain Bess' pirate speak.

The whole route is pushchair friendly, avoiding steps or showing step-free alternative routes.

We’re a family of four with a 13 year old and a 11 year old. Mum was map reader, dad reminded kids about clues, and kids were hunting for clues.”

—Lexie, Tripadvisor

We have lived in Sheffield all our lives and never seen some of the things you opened our eyes to!

Quite embarrassing really but very grateful 👏🏼

We took our mum on her 76th birthday and was a little unsure if she could walk for 2/3 hours but she had us moving on the next clue with total commitment and enthusiasm!

Even our two sons 19 & 22 yrs old were fully engaged, a feat I never achieve unless I’m feeding them.

Julie H, Tripadvisor

Will it be too physical?

It's 2½ miles walking but there are places to stop along the way.

Ready for a different way to see Sheffield?

  • Follow a carefully designed route around Sheffield.
  • See the Winter Garden, The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield Town Hall and the hip Kelham Island.
  • Start whenever you like, take it at your own pace.
  • 2–3 hours of fun outdoors.

How does it work?
Play the demo 📱 (win a prize!)

Getting organised?
Plan your day 📋

Have questions?
Email us 💌
or text us
07380 309380

“Was really fun, friends from Sheffield discovered places/things they had never seen before,so surprised us all!! Lovely walk around and learnt lots too. Plenty of opportunities to stop off for drinks/food, so can make it as long/short as you like. 👏👍”

—Julie H, Google

Telephone: 0114 697 6683
Text us: 07380 309380

City of Steel starts from:
Tudor Square, Sheffield, S1 1DA