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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 5 April 2018
Timo H
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 26 May 2017
Taymaz A
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 29 April 2018

Being interested in engineering, i visited the Arts Tower of Sheffield University to see one of the few working Paternoster lift in existence. Its not really a tourist attraction being situated in a university building, the staff don't mind you having a look or riding...More

1  Thank 923Dan
Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

The Arts Tower is 78 meters tall and roughly 50 years old building. We rode in the paternoster lift all the way up. We simply walked around in the top floor and enjoyed the views. The floor seemed to be space for architecture students on...More

Thank Timo H
Reviewed 26 May 2017 via mobile

I really can't believe some of these reviews here! The Arts Tower is a fine example of modernist architecture and is, in my opinion, a fascinating building. There is no doubt that a matter like this is very much down to personal taste. I might...More

Thank Taymaz A
Reviewed 28 February 2017

Visited The Arts Tower once and enjoyed a great view of Sheffield. You don't really get that any where else. The building may not look great from the outside but seems rather functional and the constantly moving lift is great if you want to move...More

1  Thank FriendlySpider
Reviewed 9 February 2017

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...More

Thank Howard-Liverpool
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.

Thank sapphire81
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...More

Thank nuf_said_11
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.

Thank AliAl-Aswad
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.

Thank wombatdavid
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...More

1  Thank DavidUhlar
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