Lichfield District is nestled in the beautiful county of Staffordshire, just a short drive from England’s second city ‐ Birmingham. With a bustling cosmopolitan city and stunning countryside, it is a fantastic destination for a day out, city break or short getaway.
Today, culture is at the heart of the city with the Lichfield Garrick Theatre and Studio, The Lichfield Festival and Lichfield Arts taking centre stage. To really discover Lichfield District, why not stay longer? You can base yourself in one of Lichfield’s rural bed and breakfasts or city hotels, before venturing out to discover what Staffordshire has to offer.
Travel back in time by exploring the home of Erasmus Darwin, Charles Darwin’s grandfather and leading doctor, inventor and scientist. Or, spend time enjoying the life and times of Dr Johnson at The Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum close to Market Square. In the centre of the Market Square is St Mary’s Church, home to the Lichfield Museum, the perfect way to find out more about Lichfield’s rich and varied history.
Points of interest
Lichfield Cathedral is one of the oldest places of Christian worship in Britain, and the burial place of St Chad, the Anglo‐Saxon missionary. It is the only medieval cathedral in the country with three spires. Both the St Chad Gospels and Lichfield Angel are on view in a stunning display in the cathedral’s Chapter House. The displays are enhanced by a small collection of original pieces and replicas from the world famous Staffordshire Hoard.
The National Memorial Arboretum, on the edge of the National Forest, is the UK’s year‐round centre of Remembrance featuring more than 100 memorials of national significance. A living and lasting memorial, the Arboretum is a unique haven of peace, contemplation and hope for the future.
The Staffordshire Regiment Museum, in Whittington, is packed full of stories and tales, weaponry and memorabilia dating back over 300 years, and a full scale reproduction World War I trench.
Walking tours & trails
Led by Minster Duck, children can enjoy a special children’s trail that guides youngsters through the city. By answering questions they will find out fun and interesting facts Lichfield. For a gentle stroll through Lichfield’s quaint streets, glorious parkland and stunning architecture; visitors can follow The Heritage Trail. It has a clear map that guides explorers past a series of beautifully illustrated interpretation panels, packed full of historical facts and stories to help absorb the city’s sights and sounds. Both trails are available from the Lichfield Tourist Information desk in St Mary’s in the Market Square. If you would rather be guided around by experts, there are plenty of guided tours to choose from throughout the year. To book your place or for a full list of Green Badge Guided tours, please call the Lichfield Tourist Information team on 01543 256611.
Shopping, eating and drinking
Lichfield is a wonderfully diverse place that it is also a thriving and cosmopolitan city brimming with quality restaurants, bars and café’s together with independent and unique shops. Lichfield’s medieval streets are lined with temptation where you can sample elegant splendour at many of the city’s quaint café’s and enjoy our original boutiques, antique shops, jewellers, booksellers, music shops, and delicatessens as well as high street favourites and much more. As night falls you will be spoilt for choice from country pubs, city centre bars, Thai, Italian, and fusion cuisine restaurants, to live music and quality theatre.
Action and adventure
Varied leisure activities and facilities ensure Lichfield is a fantastic place to enjoy the great outdoors. Surrounded by stunning countryside, enjoy tranquil walks against the backdrop of beautiful heathland, or calm strolls through the woodlands.
If you enjoy wandering along towpaths and stopping off for a bite to eat, head to Barton Marina to soak up the atmosphere and delight in the unique boutiques and delis. Or, stop off at Fradley Junction, which is home to a nature reserve. If you love water, locks and canal‐side pubs, why not discover the district from a boater’s viewpoint, and hire a narrow boat for a short break or holiday? And, to see working steam and diesel engines don’t miss Chasewater Railway ‐ with festive and fun rides throughout the year for the whole family.
Visit Beacon Park for a leisurely walk, golf, children’s play area, crazy golf, tennis, basketball, bowls and more. Beacon Park is steeped in history and heritage, and information boards around the site give you a glimpse into the area’s rich historical past. Refreshments are available at the Lakeside Bistro and Chandlers Café.
If you prefer the thrills and spills, experience some of the UK’s biggest, wettest and scariest rides and come face‐to‐face with the wonders of nature and conservation at Drayton Manor Theme Park & Zoo. A fantastic family day out not to be missed
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