The UK excels at many sports. Our football leagues are some of the best in the world, we have fantastic rugby and cricket scores and Team GB outdo themselves every four years at the Olympic games. Snooker is a game of skill and strategy which we Brits not only invented, but perfected. It was created by a British Officer stationed in India in 1875 and has been a popular pastime in pubs and venues around the UK since then. Snooker originated as an English sport but has grown in popularity in many countries including Ireland, Scotland and Australia. The World Snooker Championship takes place every year in the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield in April.
World Snooker Championship
One of the most popular events in Sheffield each year are the World Snooker Championships. This year, for the 47th consecutive year, the famous competition will be held at the Crucible Theatre from 15 April to 1 May 2023. The 980-seater Crucible theatre has a contract to host the Betfred World Snooker Championship action until 2027 which will mark the 100th anniversary of the first-ever event. The prizes are substantial for this live, televised event. First place takes home £100,000, runner-up takes £40,000, semi-finalist brings home £20,000 and quarter-finalist a respectable £12,500. We expect to see all of the big names in snooker making an appearance at this prestigious event, fighting for the title of overall winner for 2023.
The 2023 Cazoo World Snooker Championship is a fully accessible event. Tickets are highly sought after, and early registration is highly advised.
Getting to Crucible Theatre Sheffield
Sheffield is a major city, well connected by road, rail and public transport. The closest airports to Sheffield are Manchester, Leeds Bradford, and East Midlands. Manchester Airport is the best option for Sheffield, considering the easy train transfer. Manchester airport is approximately 80 minutes drive or 90 minutes by bus or tram. The city is well connected by road so travelling within the UK is easy. There are public buses, trams, and trains to get you around the city as fast as possible without the need for a car. The Crucible Theatre is located at the Norfolk Street/Tudor Street bus stop. It’s a very short walk between the historic Leopold Square and the Crucible and it’s surrounded by pubs, restaurants, and cafes.
Accommodation Close to Crucible Theatre
People travel from far and wide, both within the UK and from all over the world to compete or watch their favourites in the World Snooker Championships. Everyone wants to stay in the heart of the action, somewhere a short walk from the Crucible Theatre and where they can enjoy the best of the city. Leopold Hotel Sheffield offers a convenient, comfortable accommodation choice in the unique setting of Leopold Square. Our beautiful hotel is set amongst an array of upmarket bars & restaurants and offers a historic but quirky place to stay for the biggest snooker championships of the year. Use our official website to find out more about the history of the hotel or book our best available rates.
Our Neighbourhood Partners
Don’t make your trip to Sheffield a flying visit. Stay and enjoy some of the fantastic benefits we offer to guests of Leopold Hotel Sheffield. We have special offers and deals with some of the city’s finest restaurants with offers that are exclusive to our guests. Enjoy a meal in Grazie, a family-run Italian directly opposite our hotel and enjoy a generous 10% discount. Take 10% off the cost of a delicious pizza in Piccolinos, a 2-minute walk from the Crucible. The Botanist, one of the premier restaurants in the city, offer a huge 20% discount off your entire food and drink bill when you show your Leopold Hotel reservation. Our lounge bar is the perfect place to pick up a bite to eat and a couple of drinks before the main event. The walk between Leopold Hotel and the Crucible is less than 5 minutes.
Book your stay in the unique and beautiful Leopold Hotel Sheffield on our official website to enjoy our best available rates and exclusive access to our special offers. Ask our friendly team for advice on things to do in Sheffield to make the most of your stay. We’re looking forward to welcoming you to the home of Snooker this April.