Lichfield Travel Guide

  • Gargoyle, Lichfield Cathedral.
    Gargoyle, Lichfield Cathedral.
    by IreneMcKay
  • Gargoyle, Lichfield Cathedral.
    Gargoyle, Lichfield Cathedral.
    by IreneMcKay
  • Lichfield Cathedral's distinctive three spires.
    Lichfield Cathedral's distinctive three...
    by IreneMcKay

Lichfield Things to Do

  • The House of Erasmus Darwin

    Erasmus Darwin House is close to Lichfield Cathedral. It is now a museum and herb garden. Dr Erasmus Darwin was a scientist, doctor, inventor, poet, botanist. He was the grandfather of Charles Darwin.

    more
  • Museum Gardens

    Museum Gardens opened as a public park in 1859. It is a pretty park with a fountain - Chancellor Law's Fountain - and several interesting statues. The statues include Erasmus Darwin, John Smith - the Captain of the Titanic and King Edward VII.

    more
  • The Garden of Remembrance

    This is a very pleasant garden with an attractive war memorial and excellent views of the cathedral. It is next to Minster Pond.

    more
  • Minster Pool

    Minster Pool is a pretty pond near Lichfield Cathedral. At one end of it you can find speakers' corner. There are views towards the spires of the cathedral from here.

    more
  • Stowe Pool

    Stowe Pool is not far from the cathedral. Stowe Pool dates from the 11th century when a dam and mill were constructed across Leamonsley Brook. Nowadays Stowe Pool is a pleasant place for a stroll. The Church of St Chad is located on the pool. This church dates from the twelfth century.

    more
  • Lichfield Cathedral

    Lichfield Cathedral is an extremely beautiful building with three distinctive spires. The facade of the building is covered with images of saints and fearsome gargoyles and even a statue of King Charles II.Lichfield Cathedral is dedicated to Saint Chad. Chad became Bishop of Mercia in 669 and moved his See to Lichfield. After Chad's death in 672...

    more
  • The Birthplace of Samuel Johnson

    Samuel Johnson was born in Lichfield in 1709. His father, Michael Johnson was a book seller and the ground floor of the house Johnson was born in was his father's bookshop. Now the whole house is a free entry museum. It covers five floors. There is a kitchen in the basement, a bookshop and display rooms on the ground floor. One of the rooms...

    more
  • Market and Statues

    There is a bustling market next to St Mary's Church in Lichfield. Personally, I especially liked the pottery stall. Market Square is right next to the birthplace of Samuel Johnson and contains a statue of Johnson and a statue of his life-long friend and biographer James Boswell.

    more
  • St Mary's Church

    St Mary's Church is located in the historic centre of Lichfield next to the market. The current church dates from 1870 though there have been other churches on this site since the twelfth century. In the 1980s this church took on a variety of new roles as a tourist information centre, a cafe, a heritage museum. The church still holds religious...

    more
  • Tudor Row

    Tudor Row is an attractive shopping street which links Bore Street to Wade Street and thus links Lichfield's old and new towns. Tudor Row was very colourful and all decorated with bunting during our visit

    more
  • The Garrick Theatre

    The Garrick Theatre in Lichfield is called after famous British actor David Garrick, who lived in Lichfield and for a time studied there as a pupil of Samuel Johnson. It is modern theatre with a 530 seats auditorium and a 140 seat studio. It offers a wide variety of different performances. There is also a cafe inside.

    more
  • Bread making

    Bread making day in Lichfield was a fab way to spend the afternoon with friends!We made a white loaf a wholemeal loaf so bread rolls and some delicious fougasse thatwe ate for lunch with soup!Having only tried bread making once before and it was a complete disaster this class was great.I left with lots of lovely bread and the skills to make more at...

    more
  • Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum

    Samuel Johnson was born in Lichfield in 1709 and was to become England's "greatest man of letters" of that time. Educated in Lichfield and for a short period in Oxford (he couldn't finance his studies any longer, so he had to quit), he unsuccessfully tried to work as a teacher and later even to set up his own school. Continuously struggling with...

    more
  • Lichfield Cathedral

    England's only medieval cathedral with three spires is the main attraction in the beautiful city of Lichfield. Symbolizing the holy Trinity, i.e. God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, the spires are widely visible. Yet, when you reach the cathedral itself you find it is actually quite small.Completed in 1340 on the remains of former churches, the...

    more
  • Visit the Cathedral

    Lichfield Cathedral is not, perhaps, as large and impressive as many in England but it nevertheless has its own charm and sense of peace.Chad, made Bishop Of Mercia in 669, was soon sainted and his shrine became a focus for pilgrims. The first cathedral was a wooden structure, replaced by a Saxon stone structure in 1085 and the present building was...

    more
  • Cathedral

    The cathedral's history (and therefore the town itself) starts with one man - Chad. When he was appointed Bishop of Murcia in 669 he moved the See from Repton to Lichfield, believed to be the site of the martyrdom of thousands of christians during the reign of the Roman Emperor Dioclecian in 300AD.Chad died within 3 years of his appointment, but a...

    more
  • Tamworth Castle

    Shortly after the Norman conquest, Robert le Despenser built the first castle on this site. A simple moat-and-bailey fort, it was replaced in the 12th century by the present stone castle, built by Robert Marmion. The Castle changed hands many times, with numerous modifications. It was twice threatened with destruction, once by King John I as...

    more
  • Late Medieval buildings........

    Lichfield retains some of its original Medieval street-plan, and there are still some interesting buildings (and alleyways) dotted about. It's worth keeping your eyes open as you wander; remember to look up, as shop/house frontages have often been modernised whereas the upper floors give away the building's origins.The main picture was taken in...

    more

Lichfield Hotels

  • Swinfen Hall Hotel

    Lichfield, WS14 9RS, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Premier Inn Lichfield

    Fine Lane, Fradley, Lichfield, WS13 8RD, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Best Western George Hotel

    Bird Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 6PR, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

Lichfield Restaurants

  • Good sandwiches..........

    .........but a busy Saturday lunchtime seemed to be somewhat stressy for the young and pleasant staff! Service was rather slow and disorganised, but the sandwiches (roast beef/horseradish on granary bread, with Kettle chips and home-made coleslaw) were very pleasant, the coffee ditto (it is England, remember!). I didn't try the home-made cakes, but...

    more
  • Good Pub

    The Queens Head is just off the centre of town on Queen Street. It is a traditional pub which serves real ale. It has a selection of the more unusual beers which often includes Adnams. It also serves food and has an impressive array of cheeses and pates for its Ploughman's Lunches. It attracts an older mix of people so if you are a bright young...

    more
  • Good Cafe and Bar

    Lichfield is a small town but it still has some nice restaurant, cafes and bars. Lloyds No1 are chain of restaurants, popular in midlands. Lichfield also has a branch on Bird Street.

    more

Lichfield Transportation

  • by AliceInHerDress Written Sep 22, 2006

    Lichfield is very well served by its train services, despite the upgrade to the West Coast Main Line. It has two stations. Lichfield City which is located about five minutes walk from the town centre. This is near the end of The Birmingham Cross City line and has a regular service to and from Birmingham New Street. Lichfield Trent Valley is about a mile and a half from the town centre. However, it too is on the Birmingham Cross City Line so there is regular service between it and City station. It is also on the West Coast Main Line and has services to Stafford and the north and south to London Euston. The local services are currently buses whilst the upgrade to the West Coast Main Line is being done.

    A note for disabled and infirm passengers.
    Lichfield Trent Valley
    To get to the London bound platform and the Birmingham bound platform passengers need to be able to climb a steep flight of stairs. There are no lifts and no access across the tracks.

    Lichfield City
    This station has a lift for those not able to negotiate the stairs.

    Was this review helpful?

    more

Lichfield Shopping

  • Imbi's Profile Photo

    by Imbi Written Dec 6, 2003

    2.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Lichfield’s medieval grid street pattern survives almost intact and most of them are arounds St Mary's. Market place is next to St Mary's where you could find fresh fruits and vegs and other stuff.

    Was this review helpful?

    more

Lichfield Local Customs

  • Imbi's Profile Photo

    by Imbi Updated Dec 11, 2003

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Lichfield has history of almost 1500 years and there are so many things you would come across when visiting there. One of the interesting thing would be this building, which was built in 1527.
    It has some amazing style and most importantly, it is still in very good shape and use.

    Was this review helpful?

    more

Lichfield Off The Beaten Path

  • Lichfield Friary

    Nothing much remains of what was once a rather large establishment, dating from 1230. The Friary was destroyed on the orders of King Henry Vlll (as were many religious establishments), and only a few of its walls are marked out on the site after excavations discovered their position. Many 'dressed' stones are visible on the edges of the grass,...

    more
  • Find King Charles......

    Poor chap.....his statue (which was once displayed at the front of the cathedral) is desperately eroded from the pollution of the past few centuries. Nevertheless, it's clearly King Charles ll, with his flouncy Restoration clothing and long, lush curls. He's stuck round the side of the cathedral now, easily missed, but at least has his own...

    more
  • Find the Angel.........

    In 2003 there were a series of archaeological excavations within Lichfield Cathedral. During these, at the east end of the Nave, a most wonderful early Medieval sculpture was unearthed. Carved from limestone, it is probably the corner of a shrine chest.....possibly that of St. Chad himself, who died in 672. Not only does the fine carving survive...

    more

Lichfield Favorites

  • Donegal House

    This is Donegal House, which is also the present home of the Lichfield Arts Society. Donegal House, Bore Street, Lichfield.Donegal House is the place where you could find Tourist Information Centre as well.

    more
  • Tourist Information Centre

    Lichfield District Tourist Information Centre is located at Donegal House, Bore Street. You could find all the relative information like, map, places to see and accommodations from this office. Staffs are very helpful and wiling to help you.

    more
  • Registry Office

    If you want to get married here in Lichfeld, and don't want a church wedding, this is the place - the Registry Office. used to be the Library and Museum, and still has a stone plaque on the upper wall over the entrance that says "Free Lending Library".

    more

Instant Answers: Lichfield

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

22 travelers online now

Comments

 
Explore Deeper into Lichfield
Pleasure gardens and promenades.....
Things to Do
Dr Johnson's Birthplace
Things to Do
Lichfield parks
Things to Do
The Erasmus Darwin House
Things to Do
Dr Samuel Johnson's House
Things to Do
The Lichfield Heritage Centre
Things to Do
Lichfield Cathedral
Things to Do
Staffordshire University
Things to Do
Dr Samuel Johnson 2
Things to Do
Pool Walk
Off The Beaten Path
Dr Samuel Johnson
Things to Do
Pedestrian Zone
Things to Do
Beacon Park
Things to Do
Memorial Gardens
Things to Do
Three Spires Shopping Centre
Things to Do
St John's Hospital & Chapel
Things to Do
Lichfield Heritage Centre
Things to Do
The Lichfield Canal
Things to Do
Lichfield Cathedral
Things to Do
Map of Lichfield

View all Lichfield hotels