Sheffield Free Walking Tour: Steel City, the Law and Disorder, Murder and Mayhem tour

Duration: 2h
Languages: English
Guru: Kevin
Registered on July 11, 2022

Hello, my name is Kevin. I'm a retired police sergeant, I also have experience working within the criminal justice system at the Sheffield Combined and Family Courts.. As a police officer I spent a number of years 'pounding the beat' in Sheffield city centre. I also worked as a shift and custody sergeant. I grew to be fascinated with Sheffield's history of people and places .especially the more 'dark' side of that history. I have organised walking tours for my colleagues at the courts and now I have fully retired I have designed this tour. I'm a born and bred 'Sheffielder', a lover of Guinness and a passionate Sheffield Wednesday supporter. So, come and join me on the beat, lets walk and talk together as we open up some of Sheffield's forgotten past. Looking forward to meeting you.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

We will meet in Castlegate alongside Lady's Bridge, Sheffield's oldest bridge. This is the birthplace of the city. From a clearing in the woods where two great rivers, The Don and The Sheaf, meet Sheffield grew to become the UK's 4th largest city and to be known around the world as the Steel City. We'll reimagine Sheffield Castle, the prison of Mary Queen of Scots, and learn of its destruction. We'll meander through the old town, along its still cobbled streets, visiting sites where criminals were active, police officers killed on duty, chartists conspired and razor gangs battled. Who was the chartist leader of the Sheffield Uprising and how is he commemorated in the city today? Who was Charlie Peace, why was he England's most wanted man who had his waxwork effigy displayed in London's Madame Tussauds and have film and stage plays written about his life? Why was Sheffield known as 'Little Chicago' during the 1920s and what exactly was the 'Rhino Whip' affair in 1963 which caused the then Chief Constable to resign? All of this and more will be explored with the tour concluding in the Peace Gardens today's Heart of the City.

What's not included:
This is an outdoor walking tour. We won't be entering any of the buildings we visit as part of the tour. Sheffield City centre isn't flat we'll be walking up and down inclines and over uneven surfaces.

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  • Meeting point:
    Five Weirs Walk - City Centre Start P...
    Five Weirs Walk - City Centre Start Point, Castlegate, Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield S3 8LB, UK
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    On Castlegate next to the Lady's Bridge information sign carrying a black backpack.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Matthew 27 Nov 2022
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Travelled in couple - Nov 2022
Went on the walk on morning of Saturday 26th November 2022. Just wanted to say what a worthwhile and interesting couple of hours. Recommenced to anyone who wants to find out more about Sheffield history.
Davi... 20 Nov 2022
I am a born and bred Sheffielder who thought I knew quite a bit about the history of Sheffield but Kevin took us to another world of crime and chaos in the history of the city of Sheffield. His knowledge as an ex police officer of dates and the people involved in those crimes was not only fascinating but also very interesting and informative. If you want to learn more of the city I can definitely recommend this walking tour. Thanks Kevin for a really enjoyable afternoon.
Kathryn 19 Nov 2022
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Travelled in group - Nov 2022
What a fantastic experience. Lived in Sheffield all my life and never knew any off what we learned today. Even the rain couldn’t ruin it. Definitely one of those tours you need to do a few times to take it all in. Thank you Kevin
Malvika 15 Nov 2022
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Travelled in couple - Nov 2022
Kevin was really passionate and knowledgable. I think his tour really added to much character into a cold and dull seeming city. I left the tour with so much wonder and appreciate for Sheffiled and did alot of reserach on the thibgs he mentioned. It was really easy to follow, an easy walking path with good time distribution and a really friendly bunch. Id recommend you take cash for gratuities because unfortunately there was no option to make an online or card transaction. All and all 10/10. I would teally recommend this walking tour to anyone visiting or studying in Sheffiled!
Terence 05 Nov 2022
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Travelled in group - Oct 2022
If you don't know Sheffield or even think you do, please go on this tour! It was a delight from start to finish. As an ex-police officer, Kevin knew the city so well, but his knowledge was transformed into a great series of fascinating stories and historical perspectives. First class! Terence (Nov 2022)
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
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