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Address: 12 Bolsover Street | University of Sheffield, Sheffield S3 7NA, England
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Visited the Arts Tower in the 70s and wanted to revisit. Its an open building and so able to see the inside - especially the Paternoster Lift. Worth seeing and if possible... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited the Arts Tower in the 70s and wanted to revisit. Its an open building and so able to see the inside - especially the Paternoster Lift. Worth seeing and if possible travelling on - If you dont know what it is look it up on Wikipedia. A great structure still serving a perfect service. Not sure if you should... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Terribly designed. Architecture popular 30 years ago but nothing special today. Paternoster (a continually moving elevator) is slow and doesn't feel great. Overall not worth any sort of trip but if you're passing may as well.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2015

It was originally designed to have four lifts in the core but the paternoster replaced two of them during the design stage, to get easily between nearby floors, without waiting for a lift or using the stairs. Sometimes people travelled full height in the paternoster to avoid waiting for the two remaining lifts. It was a great place to study... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2015

Living nearby, I used to take my kids up in the paternoster to admire the views. Now there are security guards, and I suspect the unauthorised won't get in. Great views if you do manage to get to the top.

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Tasmania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2015

The Arts Tower is of interest from an architectural perspective and it is of interest due to the Paternoster lift system. I studied languages here many years ago and now it seems to be totally architecture students. It is a Sheffield icon.

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Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2015

The arts tower has been a local landmark in sheffield since the 1970s and is an important way point for local astronavigation. Best viewing is late a night in June when you can spot the architecture students doing an 'all nighter' to finish their final project, by the light in the upper storey windows

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

Have been looking at the various listed attractions in Sheffield to give a fair appraisal from my point of view and rate appropriately. And came across the Arts Tower on the list ??!!!! Please..... iamdanj and Lol_10045 are totally correct here. It's a BUILDING !. And that's about it. If it had lovely ornate artwork somewhere or was an early... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2014

i live a few minutes walk away from the arts tower, and i'm pleased about that. the arts tower is the second tallest building in sheffield (St pauls towers is now the tallest) and contains a "paternoster lift", where the cars travel in a loop up and down a shaft in side the building (they don't stop). it can be... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2013

Why is this building listed on here as an attraction?! It's a place of study for Sheffield University students! Yes, there's a lift inside that never stops but, seriously, there are FAR better things to see in Sheffield! Try Weston Park Museum around the corner instead; that's an ACTUAL attraction.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2013

The Arts Tower is a major landmark in Sheffield, not just for its size and status as the previously long-reigning tallest building in the city but also due to the fact it oozes style (unlike the ugly St. Paul's Tower which now stands as the tallest). The building, a centrepiece for the University of Sheffield, is over 40 years old... More 

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