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Top 10 Things To Do in Lichfield

Our Top 10 list of things to do highlights just some of the great things to do in Staffordshire's hidden gem! Lichfield is a vibrant and historic city in the heart of Staffordshire and a great place to visit. Lichfield's streets are lined with museums, independent shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.

1. Gape in awe at our magnificent gothic cathedral.

Lichfield Cathedral has been welcoming visitors for over 1,300 years and hosts a range of exciting special events, exhibitions, concerts and tours throughout the year.

2. Picnic in beautiful Beacon Park, just a short stroll from the city centre.

There are stunning floral displays and avenues of trees along with the centrepiece fountain. Look out for the statues of Captain Smith of the Titanic and King Edward VII.

3. Indulge in an afternoon tea in one of our many tea shops and cafes (including The George Hotel!)

Cosy tea shops, elegant restaurants, trendy coffee shops – whatever your tastes are, Lichfield is heaving with eateries and places to sit back and watch the world go by.

4. Visit the home of one of the most remarkable men of the 18th century – Erasmus Darwin

Most people are aware of his famous grandson, Charles, but discover more about Erasmus Darwin and you will see where he inherited his ideas! Visit Erasmus Darwin’s Georgian home and discover more about this leading 18th century doctor, scientist, botanist, inventor and poet.

5. Discover more about the man who invented the Dictionary!

Samuel Johnson’s Birthplace Museum is located in the heart of Lichfield and you can discover more about Johnson’s fascinating life, try on Georgian costumes and explore the 17th century architecture.

6. Let us entertain you at the Lichfield Garrick, our thriving theatre in the centre of Lichfield.

There is entertainment to suit all – from comedy to drama, tribute acts to opera and ballet to pantomime at Lichfield Garrick.

7. Create fun family memories at Drayton Manor, home of Thomas Land – just a 10-minute drive from Lichfield.

Drayton Manor is home to rollercoasters, a 4D cinema, a 15-acre zoo and the hugely popular Thomas Land. The park can provide groups with a range of lively educational talks, workshops and events and activity days.

8. Pay tribute to all of those who have fought for our country at the National Memorial Arboretum.

The NMA is the UK’s year-round centre of remembrance and the expansive 150-acre site has over 330 though-provoking memorials. A yearly programme of events ensures there is lots of everyone to explore, discover and remember.

9. Explore the city’s old prison, and discover the inmates’ stories from 1548!

The Old Guildhall Prison Cells is a small display in our Guildhall, but worth a visit to find out about law and order in Lichfield.
Chase Valley Railway

10. All aboard for a great day out!

The volunteer run Chasewater Railway is a 15-minute drive from Lichfield and operates heritage steam and diesel trains and has lots of special events to relive a bygone era.

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