Snooker World Championship, Sheffield

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by Vivalo, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. Vivalo

    Vivalo Olympus loser Subscribing Member

    Nov 16, 2010
    Hello there all you snooker fans!

    I'm planning a 10 year anniversary trip for me and my wife to see the snooker world championship tournament held in Sheffield, UK. My wife is addicted to snooker and we have been dreaming to get there and witness a tournament held in UK. Our plan is to fly from Helsinki to London and then take a train to Sheffield. Or is there better options to travel to Sheffield from Helsinki, for example via Manchester? Does anybody know what is the best and cheapest way to travel inside UK from London/Manchester to Sheffield? Any Hotel recommendations in Sheffield? Many thanks in advance. The tournament is held between April 20th and May 6th.

    Oh, and do let me know if here are any other snooker fans!
  2. savvy

    savvy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 28, 2012
    S.Yorkshire, UK
    My daughter went to university in Sheffield, and now lives there, so I've visited a lot.


    Current prices (booking doesn't go as far as those dates on some of the operators) :-

    London to Sheffield by National Express coach is cheap (£36 return fare for 2 adults !!), but takes 4 hours. By Train the same return journey for 2 can be from £141 to £370 and takes from 2hrs to 3h15mins, depending on weekday/weekend, time, and number of train changes.

    Manchester to Sheffield and return by coach is £20 for 2 people, can take between 1hr30min to 3hrs depending on day/time.

    Manchester to Sheffield by train is between £32 to £56 return for 2, and takes approximately 1hr10mins.

    Hotels I've stayed in, all in the centre within walking distance of the Crucible.

    Hotel Leopold - VERY Nice, but from £100 to £157 per night.

    Holiday Inn Royal Victoria - an old hotel, maybe a bit run down, but with lots of character, from £60 to £80 per night. This is the furthest walk, but we still walk to the city bars & restaurants from here.

    Premier Inn - Cheap & cheerful, but we've stayed there and OK. Not sure though, as its your 10th wedding anniversary !! Between £55 to £76 per night.

    You will need to book the hotel NOW !!! The city centre rooms sell out very quick during the championship. Of course there are more options for staying out of town, but this means travelling in every day. Even the out of town hotels rooms sell out quickly as you get near the date.

    Do you have the opportunity to fly into Robin Hood Airport, Doncaster, Sheffield? It is, obviously, much nearer for your travel.


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  3. greenlight

    greenlight Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 16, 2012
    Colin B
    There is a good fast train service (about 2 hours IIRC) from central London (St Pancras) to Sheffield, but it is relatively expensive - about £70 for a return if you book well in advance. You will of course need to get from the airport to central London too which can be slow... Heathrow to St Pancras takes the best part of an hour I think. Coach will be the cheapest option but is very slow, traffic around London is heavy.

    If flights to Manchester are similar in price then that might be a better option. There are some direct trains from Manchester Airport to Sheffied; even if you have to change the journey time is only 1.5 hours (about £30 for a return).

    You can get train times and prices from Cheap train tickets, get UK train times & fares | thetrainline

    ... and yes I'm a Snooker fan too!

    EDIT: Les posted a much more comprehensive rundown while I was writing my reply - note the range of train prices he mentions (!) - to get the cheaper end of the prices you have to travel at the right time and book in advance.
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  4. Vivalo

    Vivalo Olympus loser Subscribing Member

    Nov 16, 2010
    I knew here would be people who are kind enough to help! :2thumbs:

    We don't have a chance to fly straight from Finland to Sheffield but as you mentioned it would bropably be fastest and cheapest way to travel via Manchester. We have only been in London before so to see Manchester and the railroad scenery from there to Sheffield would only be a bonus. About the hotels, we are still young and adaptive, but since it is our 10th anniversary, we would appreciate some class. Leopold seems to be within our budget. The most important thing would be the ability to walk to all locations (including Crucible) and maybe take some pictures too. :tongue:
  5. dogs100

    dogs100 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Nov 12, 2011
    N Devon UK
    You should enjoy Sheffield, I did my M.Sc. there but it was so many years ago that we still measured in rods, poles and perches and paid in groats. Have a great time.
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  6. RichDesmond

    RichDesmond Mu-43 Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Nov 18, 2011
    Can't help you with the travel stuff, but I am jealous. :smile: Used to play a lot of snooker many years ago, great game. Are the tournaments played on 5x10 or 6x12 tables?
  7. savvy

    savvy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 28, 2012
    S.Yorkshire, UK
    Hey Vivalo,

    How was the Snooker, Sheffield, and where are the photos ?? !! :biggrin:

    Oh, and a belated "Happy Anniversary" to you and your wife :2thumbs:
  8. chipbutty

    chipbutty Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Indeed. Hope you had a great time in my home city.

  9. Vivalo

    Vivalo Olympus loser Subscribing Member

    Nov 16, 2010
    Sorry for the late update about the trip. WE LOVE SNOOKER and SHEFFIELD! Thanks everyone for the tips. We stayed in the Royal Victoria hotel which was very lovely and unique, very British I suppose. I took only the E-P3 and two lenses with me for the trip: 14mm and 45mm. And I used the 14mm almost exclusively. Here are just some of the photos from the trip. Photography during the game wasn't allowed so I don't have many shots from the actual games. For most of the images I made only very minimal post processing. All shot in RAW and PP in LR4.

    English breakfast


    The Snooker Mecca








    The making of Crucible steel


















  10. chipbutty

    chipbutty Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Great pics. The Rutland Arms is a real gem of a pub in these days of charactlerless chain pubs. I used to prop up the bar in the Red Lion during my university days.
  11. Vivalo

    Vivalo Olympus loser Subscribing Member

    Nov 16, 2010
    Thanks. Unfortunately we were rushing to the railway station when we passed the Red Lion so we didn't have time to stop by. The Old House was very nice place to have a meal and perhaps a pint or two. ;) 
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