S3 Area Guide

Broomhall, Burngreave, Neepsend, Netherthorpe, Parkwood Springs

The S3 postcode area incorporates the south west part of the city centre and part of Broomhall.  It reaches up and covers Netherthorpe, Kelham Island and further north to Neepsend, Burngreave and Parkwood Springs.

The properties in this postcode are very diverse from purpose built social flats/apartments, to large Victorian town houses.  The most common type of housing is purpose-built flats, and the main tenure is rental, making S3 a perfect area to focus on if you are looking for an investment opportunity.

Broomhall bridges the area between the city centre and Sharrow/Ecclesall Road.  People from across the world and spanning all backgrounds have made Broomhall their home, from Sheffield families going back generations to students and refugees.

Burngreave is one of the most ethnically diverse neighbourhoods in Sheffield. This cultural richness is reflected in the number of different languages spoken locally and the variety of food on offer in local restaurants and shops.

Netherthorpe is close to the University of Sheffield, therefore it is unsurprising that the area is popular with students and young professionals.  The transport links are excellent here as it stands on both the blue and yellow Supertram routes.

S3 is not short of green spaces, despite being so close to the city centre. Devonshire Green covers an area of approximately 9000 square metres and stands in the Devonshire Quarter of the city centre.  It has a terraced grass amphitheatre space which is often used for events and festivals and there is also a skatepark.

Parkwood Springs is an amazing natural 'wild' space where you can find woodland, heath and open parkland.  There are spectacular views over the city centre, the suburbs and the distant moors of the Peak District.  Facilities on offer include a mountain bike trail - providing challenges for a wide range of skill levels,and used for one of the 'Nutcracker' races.  There’s also a sports ground with open football pitches and a playing field.  The Sheffield City Council land is largely designated as a Site of Nature Conservation Interest and the site also contains two Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI's), of geologically important stone types.

The Ponderosa is situated between the districts of Upperthorpe and Netherthorpe.  The upper part of the Ponderosa is clothed in woodland, scrub, meadow and rough grassland which gives a fine environment for wildlife. The upper part also contains an adventure playground and a mini football pitch. The lower area has a children's playground and several wooded copses.  The Ponderosa is also home to Peace in the Park; An annual art and music festival which is free and truly demonstrates the community spirit of Sheffield as a whole.

Sheffield is well known for its climbing community, and The Foundry situated in S3 plays a big part in this.  The Foundry was established in 1991 and was the first dedicated climbing wall in the UK.  It offers bouldering, toprope climbing, lead climbing, auto-belays and a training centre.

Sheffield Ski Village which was tragically destroyed in a fire in 2012 is going to be redeveloped by Extreme Destinations.  Their £22.5 million plan includes a combination of action and adventure sports facilities, the possibility of an indoor sky diving centre, a ski lodge and redeveloped mountain bike trails.

For something a bit different and for those who love a bit of horror, then Zombie Infection located on Rugby Street might be worth giving a try.  Taking place in the old Stanley Tools factory, the zombie experience will immerse you into a three-hour live horror scenario where you can expect the unexpected.

A more traditional family day out can be found at Kelham Island Museum.  The museum was opened in 1982 to house the objects, pictures and archive material representing Sheffield’s industrial story and is located in one of the city’s oldest industrial districts.  The museum stands on a man-made island over 900 years old.  The interactive galleries tell the story from light trades and skilled workmanship to mass production and what it was like to live and work in Sheffield during the Industrial Revolution.

Another popular museum with families is the National Emergency Services Museum.  Claiming to be the world’s largest Emergency Services Museum it's a fun filled hands-on day out for all the family.

The Kelham Island area of Sheffield has undergone significant redevelopment in recent years.  Not only is it home to the aforementioned Kelham Island museum, but it now has many purpose built apartments and some developed in old industrial buildings.  This part of the city has become a popular and trendy place to visit due to the numerous bars and restaurants that have opened up here.  Kelham Arcade houses Yellow Arch Studios, independent shopping and hosts Peddlars Market on the first weekend of every month where you can find street food, craft beer, live music and art.

When it comes to eating out in S3, you really are spoilt for choice.  There are also numerous restaurants and bars to choose from offering culinary delights from all over the world. 

Joro describes itself as an urban restaurant influenced by nature, Jöro holds a Michelin Bib Gourmand, 3 AA Rosettes and a score of 4 in The Good Food Guide for its forward-thinking small plates & tasting menus.

If you are looking for good vegan food then Make No Bones offers vegan street food.  Whether you are vegan or a meat lover, you can still be sure to find something delicious on the menu.

Below are the schools and nurseries in the S3 area, although within S3 you are in the catchment for adjacent postcode areas such as S4, S5, S6 and S10.

Nurseries in S3:

  • Children 1st @ Sheffield
  • Burngreave Children’s Centre
  • Bright Beginners

Schools in S3:

  • Abbeyfield Primary Academy
  • Netherthorpe Primary
  • Pye Bank CE Primary
  • Springfield Primary