America’s most iconic newspaper has championed Sheffield as one of the top places to visit and enjoy a pint of home brewed real ale this year alongside some of the world’s most beautiful locations.

Owners of the Fat Cat and Kelham Island Tavern can expect standing room only this year thanks to the New York Times which has included the treasures in its ‘52 Places to Go in 2014’ list.

Yorkshire – and a special reference to Sheffield as ‘Britain’s best beer city’ – features alongside some of the world’s most exclusive and once-in-a-lifetime destinations such as Cape Town, Nelson Mandela’s inspiration during his imprisonment and World Design Capital of the year, the rugged shores of Albania, the epic biodiversity of Ecuador, the grand Vatican and beautiful shores in north California.

Councillor Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said:

“We all know Sheffield is a fantastic place to live and visit and finally it has been recognised internationally by one of the world’s most well-known newspapers!

We are thrilled to be mentioned alongside other Yorkshire hot-spots and hope the special mention of our booming brewing industry will encourage more people than ever before to come and enjoy a pint in God’s own county.”

Sheffielders will be able to sample Sheffield’s brewing expertise from 12 to 15 March 2014 when the Society of Independent Brewers return to iceSheffield for their annual BeerX event.

There is an exciting array of other events coming to Sheffield this year too, including the second stage of the Tour de France on 6 July. More than 250,000 people are expected to watch the event on Sheffield streets and hundreds more local people will be volunteering as Tour Makers. Across the Yorkshire region there will be a number of large scale participation cycle rides and a 100 day cultural festival with further events taking place in the city during that time.

The annual ‘Places To Go’ list is compiled by the newspaper’s travel journalists and contributing writers from across the globe. Yorkshire is mentioned alongside other British gems such as Scotland and Cartmel in the Lake District.

The New York Times also recommends back-packers and travel enthusiasts visit other countries offering something new and exciting such as Namibia, which pairs sustainable tourism with community outreach, Taiwan for a variety of urban and outdoor pursuits, Fernando de Noronha in Brazil for the samba sessions and World Cup football fever, plus a host of other exciting sights.