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Paternoster lift and views

The Arts Tower is 78 meters tall and roughly 50 years old building. We rode in the paternoster lift... read more

Reviewed 6 April 2018
Helsinki, Finland
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Modernist beauty

I really can't believe some of these reviews here! The Arts Tower is a fine example of modernist... read more

Reviewed 27 May 2017
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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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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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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 incarnation of the Shard or the Petronas Towers then fair enough - but it's a BUILDING and nothing more !! And an ugly one at that in my eyes... Not wishing to end on a negative - the Hendersons Relish factory is just down the road hence a poor not a terrible simply based on location !!

Thank Tarndy
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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 daunting for first time riders and elderly/disabled people, who might find getting on and off quite hard (ironically, i'm disabled and find it very easy to get on and off). the views from the top public floor are great too.on the ground floor there is a poster showing how it works and photos of the motor and drive wheels. unfortunately, due to the nature of the paternoster lift, buggies & wheelchairs cannot ride. some [eople may feel a bit clausraphobic (not sure how to spell it) because the cars are very small (they only take two people each). there are 38 cars in total.

Thank draytonmanorfan
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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.

5  Thank Lol_10045
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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 and in recent years had a makeover which appears - at least to the casual observer - to have lightened it slightly from black to a dark grey exterior. However, it's irregular, elevated positioning (not in line with either of the roads that it is situated on) and glistening dark surface continues to make it something to behold in a relatively industrial, stone and concrete low-level city.

Inside the building you will find an old-school, fully-working paternoster lift (not the only means of moving up and down the 20 floors) which local legend says you can ride to the top and back down again without stopping. A word of caution though - this is not recommended as it can trigger safety alarms causing it to malfunction and become stuck!

The Arts Tower is more often than not compared to the Seagram Building in New York - it might not stand as tall or in such celebrated surroundings as Manhattan, but it is worth a visit and provides a great photo opportunity.

Thank mattgrant361
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