If you're interested in nature then The Winter Garden in Sheffield will be just the place to visit. The temperate glasshouse was designed by Pringle Richards Sharratt Architects – who also designed the adjacent Millennium Galleries – and was officially opened on 22 May 2003 by Queen Elizabeth II. There are over 2000 plants and 150 species, all of which are watered by hose, spray or watering can – this level of dedication is to make sure that they all get the correct amount of water, and shows just how much attention and effort goes into keeping the garden at its best and the plants at their healthiest. The bedding plants are changed five times a year, so depending on when you go you should see something different, as this gives seasonal change. It's a great place to go in order to escape the hubbub of busy city life, even just for an hour or two. The building in an impressive 70 metres long and 22 metres high, so it isn't difficult to see how they manage to fit in so many plants from all over the world! There is also the Bessemer Gallery, which showcases contemporary art and craft, as well as providing light refreshments, all with a glorious view of the gardens and the plants surrounding. While you're in the city centre – perhaps doing a spot of shopping too – then why not go for something to eat? The restaurants near Winter Gardens include Piccolino, an Italian restaurant located in Millennium Square which is just outside the Gardens, and Café Rouge, which is a French offering that is a popular destination with locals due to its varied and interesting menu. We've listed the restaurants close to Winter Gardens within a 15 mile radius and ranked them by distance so you’re sure to find somewhere you want to go, and won't have to walk too far!